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Any Questions #412: "G-PS"

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to navigate another show.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase GREAT WHITE WAY. Change one letter to an N, and you can spell a two-word phrase that might describe a trip to the Caribbean. What are the words?
Answer: If you change the H to an N, you can spell WINTER GETAWAY.

On-air questions: On July 19, 1977, the world's first GPS signal was received. Sent from a satellite known as NTS-2, the signal was received just after midnight by an engineer on the roof of the headquarters of the Rockwell Collins company in Des Moines, Iowa. Soon after this successful signal reception, Rockwell Collins was awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force – which currently operates the system in the U.S. – to build equipment to further advance GPS in this country. Some GPS receivers today can pinpoint accuracy within 30 centimeters. To commemorate the reception of the first GPS signal, each correct answer this week will begin with the letter G and end with the letters PS.

1. The April Fools' Day jokes featured on what web service have included displaying a picture of the Loch Ness Monster in Loch Ness, a Treasure Mode in which users could search for hidden objects, a Pokemon challenge, and Pac-Maps, a game in which players could play a version of the arcade game Pac-Man on real-world streets?
2. The original collection of what children's novel series began in July 1992 with a book titled Welcome to Dead House and ended sixty-one books later with Monster Blood IV, spawned a mid-1990s television series, and was adapted into two feature films starring Jack Black as the series author?
3. Distributed by the Sperry & Hutchinson company – better known as S&H – what objects worth various numbers of points were given out at the checkouts of grocery stores, supermarkets and other retailers to customers who pasted them into collector's books and redeemed them for items in a rewards catalog?
4. What comedian starred in the UK version of the improv series Whose Line Is It Anyway? from 1989 to 1998 and in the U.S. version of the series from 1998 to 2007, provided the voice of the title character on the U.S. version of the children's series Bob the Builder from 2005 to 2009, and voiced one-half of the two-headed podrace announcer in Star Wars Episode I?
5. In 1988, they won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for the song "Love Overboard", fifteen years after winning their first Grammy Award for the song "Midnight Train to Georgia" and thirty years before their song "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Who are they?

Extra credit
1. What 1934 novella about a beloved teacher at a British boys' boarding school was first adapted for the screen in 1939, earning actor Robert Donat the Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of the title character?
2. Pepparkakor is the Swedish name for a food that is most commonly known as what in the United States?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase GIVE THE CREEPS. Change one letter to an L and you can spell a six-letter word for something you find on an arm and a seven-letter word for a person who uses his arm a lot. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Google Maps
2. Goosebumps
3. Green Stamps
4. Greg Proops
5. Gladys Knight & the Pips

Extra credit
1. Goodbye, Mr. Chips
2. Ginger snaps


A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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