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Any Questions #477: "Days Of The Week"

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What a "day!" Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus switch seats for a show about weekdays.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase DARK COMEDY. Change one letter to a U and you can rearrange the result to spell the five-letter title of a movie from the 1970s and the five-letter title of a TV series from the 1970s. What are the titles?
Answer: If you change a D to a U, you can spell Rocky and Maude.

On-air questions: OK, Mike. We’ve had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. Now we’ve made it to the first Friday of December as the countdown to COVID Christmas begins. For tonight’s show, each correct answer will include a day of the week.

1. Included on a new covers album of songs recorded during the coronavirus quarantine, what song performed by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong was written by Prince under a pseudonym before he gave it to The Bangles in 1986?
2. The events of what 1997 memoir took place near the title man’s former employer, Brandeis University, over a series of 14 weeks, and were eventually portrayed on screen by Hank Azaria and Jack Lemmon?
3. In a 1974 book by “Theo LeSieg,” “’I’m sorry, Patrolman.’ That’s all I could say. ‘Don’t be sorry,’ he smiled. ‘It’s that kind of a day.’ But be glad!” ______________ ‘will soon go away!’”
4. What marketing phrase credited to an NBC employee named Dan Holm was first used to promote a block of television that included “Mad About You,” “Wings,” “Seinfeld” and a new show called “Frasier?” 
5. Based on a 1928 Broadway play called “The Front Page” that was made into a 1931 film of the same title, what Cary Grant-Rosalind Russell movie of 1940 was itself adapted for the stage by John Guare?

Extra credit
1. Paul Simon with 12, Tom Petty and Foo Fighters with eight apiece and Beck and Eminem with seven apiece are the most frequent musical guests on what show?
2. What two-word name has been applied to incidents including a 1905 massacre in St. Petersburgh, a 1920 day of violence in Dublin, and a 1965 civil rights march in Alabama?

This week's challenge
Think of a band with a famous song containing a weekday. Drop an S and change one of the letters in the band’s name to an A, and you can rearrange the letters to spell an eight-letter bird and a four-letter bird. What are they?

On-air questions

1. “Manic Monday” (The version by The Bangles went to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart; Billie Joe Armstrong’s album is called “No Fun Mondays”)
2. “Tuesdays With Morrie” (Mitch Albom’s book about his dying college professor; Schwartz died 25 years ago last month, and Albom recently wrote that he was glad that all happened in 1995 and not during COVID, when meeting in person would have been impossible)
3. “Wacky Wednesday” (The Dr. Seuss’ book was illustrated by George Booth, who is now 94)
4. Must See TV Thursday
5. “His Girl Friday”

Extra credit
1. “Saturday Night Live”
2. Bloody Sunday

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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