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Any Questions #442: "-Ologies"

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a show on -ologies.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase FOOTBALL GAME. Change one letter to a W and you can spell an eight-letter word for something Lady and the Tramp probably ate and a four-letter word for something either Lady or the Tramp might say. What are the words?
Answer: If you change the G to a W, you can spell WOOF and MEATBALL.

On-air questions: Well Mike, Sunday is a big day in the world of sports: it’s Selection Sunday for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. It’s that magic day when we find out the 68 teams who will compete for the national championship — and their opponents and travel plans. Leading up to all of that is the practice of Bracketology, when experts try to predict the field. In honor of Selection Sunday, today’s show is about other –ologies.  

1. Cetology is the study of cetaceans. It’s also the name of Chapter 32 of what American novel, first published in 1851?
2. Said to have been coined in a 2013 newspaper article, what -ology includes predicting the importance of the BAFTAs, parsing the results of the Golden Globes, and previewing the following winter based on the results at Cannes?
3. Sharing a Latin root, the nickname for what animal is found in the word for the study of the nose?
4. Combining words from a pseudoscience –ology and another ology related to the study of life, which –ology is the study of the origin of life?
5. It’s the only –ology mentioned in the lyrics of Hole’s 1998 single “Celebrity Skin,” rhyming with “I’m all I wanna be.”

Extra credit
1. Cardiology is the study of the heart; cariology is what related study?
2. Found almost at the end of the dictionary, what –ology is the study of fermentation?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase BRACKET BUSTER. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a campus official and a famous playwright’s last name. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, as cetaceans are whales or dolphins; Herman Melville finished the novel while living in Pittsfield, Mass. at Arrowhead
2. Oscarology (one of the leading Academy Award-tracking sites is a blog run by the New York Times called The Carpetbagger)
3. Rhinology (and for a bonus fact, the study of all animals is zoology)
4. Astrobiology (one of the leading research centers for astrobiology is at RPI, the RARE, Rensselear Astrobiology Research and Education Center)
5. Demonology (“Celebrity Skin” was the Courtney Love-fronted group’s only No. 1 Billboard single)

Extra credit
1. Cells
2. Zymology (or zymurgy)


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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