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Any Questions #450: "Units Of Distance"

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel continue to socially distance. Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase FIRST IN ORDER. Add a letter and you can spell a four-letter word for something many woks are made of and a nine-letter hyphenated word that might describe something after it comes out of a wok. What are the words?
Answer: If you add an I, you can spell IRON and STIR-FRIED.

On-air questions: OK, Ian: our questions have become so good at social distancing that they've internalized it. This week, each correct answer will contain a unit of distance. (Be careful: not all of them will be used as those units in the answer.)

1. What 22.4-acre green space has iron fencing around its perimeter that has twenty-seven gates and is primarily bounded by Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge Street, Broadway, and Quincy Street?
2. Although the U.S. was never an official member, former U.S. president Woodrow Wilson won the 1919 Nobel Peace Prize for his role as the leading figure in the founding of what international organization, the first such group whose primary focus was world peace?
3. Whose face was digitally placed on to the body of actor Jude Collie in the 2019 sequel Terminator: Dark Fate to allow him to give a motion-capture performance reprising his role as John Connor from the 1991 film Terminator 2: Judgement Day?
4. The title role of what Tony Award winning rock musical about was portrayed on Broadway in 2014 and 2015 by, among others, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael C. Hall, Taye Diggs, and creator John Cameron Mitchell?
5. What object completes these lyrics from the 1966 song "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch": "You're a monster, Mr. Grinch / Your heart's an empty hole / Your brain is full of spiders, you've got garlic in your soul, Mr. Grinch / I wouldn't touch you with a" what?

Extra credit
1. Released between March and August of 1996, what six-part serial novel by Stephen King has a title that references a nickname given to a prison hallway that has a floor of a certain color?
2. In 1920, Arthur Pitney and Walter Bowes merged their respective companies to form a new one that is best known for manufacturing what type of machine?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase GO THE DISTANCE. Change one letter to an N and you can spell an eight-letter word for an action that a student might get caught doing and a five-letter word for what that student might have when they get caught. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Harvard Yard
2. League of Nations
3. Edward Furlong
4. Hedwig and the Angry Inch
5. Thirty-nine-and-a-half-foot pole

Extra credit
1. The Green Mile
2. Postage meter


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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