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Any Questions #426: Series No. 8

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel revive an annual tradition.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase BLOWN SAVE. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a brand associated with skateboarding, and a body part often injured by skateboarders.
Answer: VANS, ELBOW.
On-air questions: It is once again World Series time. As always, we hope that if you root for a particular baseball team, they are in the World Series and are beating the other team in the World Series. As per tradition, it is also time for our series category. To refresh your memory, I'll read a list of items that form a series (or part of one). Somewhere in that list will be a blank; you tell me what belongs in that blank.
1. Atlantic, Eastern, Central, Mountain, _____ 
2. Hope, Back, Jedi, _____, Jedi, Skywalker 
3. Bear Mountain, _____, Mid-Hudson, Kingston-Rhinecliff, Rip Van Winkle 
4. 4: F H V W Y, 5: K, 8: J X, _____ 
5. Billy Martin, Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, _____, Joe Torre 
Extra credit
1. Connecticut, Connecticut, Connecticut, Connecticut, South Carolina, Notre Dame, _____
2. The player turns a crank, a boot kicks a bucket, a marble travels down a chute and hits a pole, a ball falls through holes in a platform and a bathtub, the diver is launched into a bucket, _____
This week's challenge
Start with the phrase STARTING NINE. Add a letter and you can rearrange the result to spell a seven-letter word for another group of nine in baseball and a six-letter word for what each person in the starting nine probably is at some point during a game. What are the words?
On-air questions
1. Pacific (U.S. time zones)
2. Awakens (Last words of the subtitles of Star Wars Episodes 4 – 9)
3. Newburgh-Beacon (Bridges across the Hudson River)
4. 10: Q Z (Values of letters in the U.S. version of Scrabble)
5. Joe DiMaggio (Retired Yankees jersey numbers 1 – 6)
Extra credit
1. Baylor (winners of the NCAA women's basketball championship from 2013 – 2019)
2. The cage falls (steps of the mechanism in the game Mouse Trap)

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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