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Any Questions #498: "A-Minus"

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a nearly perfect show.

Last week's challenge
Start with the words OVER and UNDER. Change one letter to a B and you can rearrange the result to spell the four-letter word for a type of beverage and a five-letter word for what a group of those beverages might be called. What are the words?
Answer: If you change the V to a B, you can spell BEER and ROUND.

On-air questions: Well Mike, it’s the end of the semester for many college professors. Grades are due and graduates are attending socially distanced commencement ceremonies. In honor of the end of the Zoom semester, today’s category is A-minus. I’ll describe two answers. You drop an A from the first and it’ll give you the second.

1. Pepperoni, venison, soppressata becomes Keith Hernandez, Doc Gooden or Pete Alonso
2. Mont Blanc, The Matterhorn, Eiger, and Monte Rosa become Rumours, Pet Sounds, or Rubber Soul
3. A synonym for the Heisman Trophy becomes the last name of 1993 winner Charlie, who wound up playing in the NBA after college football
4. Home to the easternmost point in the United States becomes South Africa’s South Deep, for example
5. Thanksgiving, All Saints’ Day and Passover become Fyre, Ozz and Riot

Extra credit
1. A nucleic acid essential to life becomes a hospital official
2. A two-term Republican president becomes his Treasury Secretary and Chief of Staff

This week's challenge
Start with a common household item. Drop a B from the word and you can spell a place it’s often kept. What are the words?


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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