Any Questions #382: "Christmas Shopping" | WAMC

Any Questions #382: "Christmas Shopping"

Dec 21, 2018

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a holiday shopping spree.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase BIG DIPPER. Add a letter and you can rearrange the result to spell a six letter word form something built above ground and a four-letter word for something that is often built below ground. What are the words?
Answer: Add an E and you can spell BRIDGE and PIPE.

On-air questions: This is our last show before the big day. I hope you’ve got all your presents wrapped and your stockings hung. In honor of Christmas, today we’ll go Christmas shopping. Each answer will be made up of letters in the word “Christmas.”

1. According to the website HowStuffWorks, major components of a sailboat include rudder, hull, jib, keel mainsail, tiller and what other part, which usually carries a ship’s flag in addition to other uses?
2. Discussing Kevin Costner as Robin Hood, film critic Roger Ebert wrote in 1991 that “all of us are born with certain attributes and skills – with notes we can play and other notes we can’t reach. Costner…simply does not have a swashbuckling, extroverted action hero in his repertory.” What adjective did Ebert use in this review of Costner’s performance?
3. What is the name of the feline character voiced in an animated 1994 film by Jeremy Irons and Chiwetel Ejiofor in next year’s live-action remake of that film?
4. Described as an ancient order devoted to the dark side of the force, what is the name of the sworn enemy of the Jedi that includes adherents like Darth Sidious, Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine?
5. What title was shared by Nicholas II, Peter The Great, Catherine The Great, Ivan the Terrible and Boris Gudenov to name a few?

Extra credit
1. The winner of one of the great Best Picture Oscar upsets in history in 2006, what film directed by Paul Haggis features Ryan Phillippe, Ludacris and Brendan Fraser in its large cast?
2. What word is shared by a Platinum 1994 album by The Offspring and an NBC TV series about a new Broadway musical that debuted in 2012?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase CHRISTMAS EVE. Drop the S’s, rearrange the letters and you can spell a six-letter type of person and a four-letter place that person might live. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Mast
2. Miscast
3. Scar (“The Lion King”)
4. Sith (as in the 2005 prequel “Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith”)
5. Tsar (The examples in this clue were all tsars of Russia, but there remains a living Tsar – Simeon II was the child tsar of Bulgaria during World War II before serving as prime minister from 2001-2005)

Extra credit
1. Crash
2. Smash