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Any Questions #503: "Common Knowledge"

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel forge some common ground.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase THE MUSIC MAN. Rearrange the letters and you can spell the name of a European city and a type of food associated with that city. What are the words?

On-air questions: OK, Ian: we’re getting back out into the world and starting to share space with other people again, and our questions this week are doing the same thing, or at least the answers are. I’ll give you three items in each of two different categories (what those categories are is for you to figure out) and you tell me what item the two categories share.
1. Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx / Hot toddy, Old Fashioned, Rob Roy
2. Mariners, Nationals, Padres / Ram, archer, scales
3. Prologue, chapter, table of contents / Esophagus, stomach, colon
4. Atonement, Brooklyn, Little Women / Jackie, Bess, Pat
5. Schroeder, Lucy, Snoopy / “Big Yellow Taxi”, “Free Man in Paris”, “Both Sides, Now”

Extra credit
1. Polk, Eisenhower, Harding / Timothy, Daniel, Sean
2. Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos / Beat the Clock, What’s My Line?, I’ve Got a Secret

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase SHARED SPACES. Rearrange the letters to spell a seven-letter word for things that have marshals and a five-letter word for something that has kings. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Manhattan
2. Twins
3. Appendix
4. Lady Bird
5. Woodstock

Extra credit
1. Pierce
2. Truth or Consequences


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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