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Any Questions #471: "Common Bonds"

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel look for some common bonds.Last week's challenge
Start with the last name of a current world leader. Change a letter and you’ll have a unit of measure. What are the words?
Answer: MACRON becomes MICRON.

On-air questions: Ian, these are contentious times. But it’s always good to remember how much we have in common with each other. Or, at least, how much three things have in common with each other. I’ll read the descriptions of three things whose names all have exactly one word in common and you determine what that common word is.

1. 1963 picture book by Maurice Sendak adapted into a 2009 live-action film directed by Spike Jonze / Game show that debuted in 1973 and most recently hosted by Snoop Dogg / Chain restaurant that, despite its name, first opened in Columbus and not in western New York
2. Television series set in the fictional town of Dillon, Texas / 1976 movie in which a mother and daughter say “I wish I could switch places with her for just one day” at the same time / Puppet who lives in the castle in the Land of Make-Believe
3. Cocktail made with vodka, tequila, rum, triple sec, gin, and cola / Place where Rudolph, Hermey the Elf, and Yukon Cornelius land after escaping the Abominable Snowman / Condiment named after a region in the upper St. Lawrence River
4. Quadripoint located in the southwestern United States / Board game advertised in a 1970s television commercial with the line “Pretty sneaky, sis!” / Second novel published by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle featuring Sherlock Holmes
5. Rap group whose third member is DJ Spinderella / Spoiled brat who is deemed a “bad nut” by squirrels in the book and a “bad egg” by a sorting machine in the movie / Home to sports teams nicknamed the Bees, the Jazz, and the Grizzlies

Extra credit
1. Network that launched in 1991 that was formed from a merger of two channels, one called Ha! / Urban area that contains the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir / Division formed in 1994 that currently includes the Minnesota Twins
2. 2000 film that, at the time, received the most Academy Award nominations for a non-English-language film / Mid-1990s Nickelodeon game show that featured a talking Olmec head / General term for a maneuver like the Statue of Liberty play in football

This week's challenge
Start with two of the five answers from today’s questions. (Which two is for you to figure out.) Rearrange the letters to spell the seven-letter name of a U.S. state and a three-letter word that names something that state is famous for having a lot of. What is the state and what is the word?

On-air questions

1. Wild
2. Friday
3. Island
4. Four
5. Salt

Extra credit
1. Central
2. Hidden


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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