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Any Questions #451: "Car Sale"

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a car sale.

Last 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?
Answer: If you change the D to an N, you can spell CHEATING and NOTES.

On-air questions: We’re heading into a three-day weekend for Memorial Day. And in normal times, that would mean car sales. For today’s show, each answer will begin with a car model for you to figure out. You’ll take part of that off and that will lead you to the right answer.
1. A Chevrolet model that dates back to 1966 becomes a necessity for a Zoom meeting during the coronavirus lockdown.
2. An early Ford once called the most influential automobile of the 20th century becomes a poetic form favored by Keats.
3. A five-door Honda hatchback becomes a 1986 Stephen King novel adapted on screen in 1990 and 2017.
4. An “Unsafe at Any Speed” target becomes a nickname for Michael Jordan.  
5. A Jeep compact SUV becomes a word in a 1653 book about fishing by Izaak Walton.

Extra credit
1. Succeeded by the Bronco, a Ford SUV first introduced in 1990 becomes a raw product containing valuable minerals.
2. A Pontiac sedan in production from 1958-2005 becomes the first name of the British Prime Minister during the onset of World War II.

This week's challenge
100, 1, 5, 1, 100 is another way of describing what popular car?

On-air questions

1. Camaro becomes cam (Chevy stopped making the Camaro in 2002 before it returned to production in 2009)
2. Model T becomes ode (the first Model T cost about $825 in 1908)
3. Fit becomes “It” (The 2017 “It” film is now known as “It: Chapter One” following the release of a sequel in 2019)
4. Corvair becomes air (The book by Ralph Nader is subtitled The Designed-In Dangers of the American Automobile and was the first of more than 40 books authored or co-authored by Nader; this week, an original pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers sold for $560,000 – they were game-worn and signed by Jordan)
5. Wrangler becomes angler (a 1982 documentary referenced the archaic spelling in its title, “The Compleat Beatles”)

Extra credit
1. Explorer becomes ore
2. Bonneville becomes Neville


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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