Any Questions #385: B In Geography

Jan 11, 2019

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about geography.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase FIRST SHOW. Change one letter to an E and you can rearrange the result to spell a four-letter word used in golf and a five-letter word used in basketball. What are the words?
Answer: Change the T to an E and you can spell SWISH and FORE.

On-air questions: On this date in 1972, East Pakistan became Bangladesh. Today, the nation has a population of about 165 million, eighth highest in the world. Interestingly, it borders the No. 2 country in terms of population, India. In honor of Bangladesh, all of today’s answers will start with the letter B.

1. Four U.S. state capitals start with B, including Boston and Baton Rouge. What are the other two, which are located in states that both border Montana?
2. Only two of the top 30 U.S. cities by population start with B. One is the aforementioned Boston, Massachusetts at 21. What is the other, a city of about 600,000 named for a member of the Calvert family?
3. What is the alliterative world capital that President Trump made a high-profile visit to in the summer of 2018, prompting NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to say, "In the history of NATO we have had many disagreements and we have been able to overcome them again and again."
4. Another alliterative world capital can be found in Central America: Belmopan in Belize. What is the former name of Belize, owing to its history as a colony from 1862 until it gained full independence in 1981?
5. Who was the Danish cartographer who explored for Russia and gave his name to a sea and a strait off the coast of one of just two U.S. states that doesn’t border another U.S. state?

Extra credit
1. A part of the so-called BRIC countries, what B country has the world’s fifth-highest population?
2. What is the former name of the country for which Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi serves as the de facto head of state?

This week's challenge
Start with the capital of Bangladesh. Change the second letter to an r, move it to the end, and you can spell the name of an African capital. What are the capitals?

On-air questions

1. Boise Idaho and Bismarck North Dakota
2. Baltimore, Maryland (No. 30; Baltimore was in the top three in population from 1800 until the Civil War)
3. Brussels, Belgium
4. British Honduras (the name Belize apparently dates to 1677, coming from a river, Balis)
5. Vitus Bering (Bering died on Dec. 19th, 1741 on an Aleutian island on a polar expedition for Russia)

Extra credit
1. Brazil
2. Burma (Myanmar)