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Any Questions #463: "August Stretch"

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for an "apt" quiz.Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase LITMUS TEST. Change one letter to a P and you can rearrange the result to spell a four-letter word for a part of a flower and a six-letter word for certain types of flowers. What are the words?
Answer: STEM and TULIPS (change a t to a p)

On-air questions: OK, Mike: It’s one of my favorite times of the year right now, when cool mornings turn into hot summer afternoons in the last few days before we go back to school and many people return from vacation. Earlier this month, we did a Dog Days quiz. Today, it’s about this fleeting August stretch….so each answer, like the word August, will begin with A and end with T.

1. Signed by fellow Ohioan Benjamin Harrison in 1890, what is the common name of a bill sponsored by Senator John Sherman that passed 52-1? (Two answers)
2. John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Arnold Palmer, Charles de Gaulle and Leonardo da Vinci?
3. By what name do we know an adherent to a denomination established in Michigan in 1863, whose members have been studied for their uncommon longevity?
4. “Wings,” the first Best Picture Oscar winner, was the last silent film to win the honor until what movie 82 years later, at the 2011 ceremony?
5. Patty and Selma, Vivian, Becky, Jackie, or Lydia, to name a few?

Extra credit
1. Word from mathematics that can be used to describe Omar Khayyam, Diophantus of Alexandria or Muhammad ibn Musa al-Khwarizmi?
2. Just one world capital fits this category, and it’s found in Central Asia. What is it?

This week's challenge
Start with the word VACATION. Rearrange the letters and you can spell an alternate name for someone celebrated this month. Who is it?

On-air questions

1. Anti-trust Act (The bill says, “every contract, combination in the form of trust or otherwise, or conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations, is declared to be illegal.”
2. Airport (U.S. presidents with airports named after them include JFK, George HW Bush, Reagan, Ford, Lincoln, Clinton, Eisenhower and Teddy Roosevelt)
3. Adventist (Seventh-Day Adventists believe Jesus’ return is imminent, there are roughly 18 million adherents worldwide, and many honor the Sabbath as a true day of rest and refrain from alcohol, smoking, tobacco, drugs and meat)
4. “The Artist” (The movie also won Best Actor for Jean Dujardin, who became the first French actor to win the honor)
5. Aunt (from the TV shows “The Simpsons,” “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” “Full House,” “Roseanne” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Extra credit
1. Algebraist
2. Ashgabat (in Turkmenistan)


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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