Any Questions #399: "National Anthems" | WAMC

Any Questions #399: "National Anthems"

Apr 19, 2019

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel stand and salute for a show about national anthems.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase STOP THE CLOCK. Rearrange the letters to spell a five-letter word for what shirts are often made of and a seven-letter word that names things shirts often have. What are the words?
Answer: If you rearrange the letters, you can spell CLOTH and POCKETS.

On-air questions: On April 19, 1984, "Advance Australia Fair" was chosen as the new national anthem of Australia. The adopted version modifies the original lyrics written in the late 19th century, with the intent to increase the song's inclusiveness and gender neutrality, which some critics argue doesn't go far enough. To mark the adoption of "Advance Australia Fair" as the Australian national anthem, this week our questions are about national anthems.

1. While only the first six bars are played for certain members of the Royal Family, such as the Prince of Wales, the current reigning monarch of the United Kingdom is saluted with the entirety of which national anthem?
2. Adopted by the country's National Assembly in 1906 and officially proclaimed the national anthem in 1925, the song known in Spanish as "Himno Istmeño" and in English as "Hymn of the Isthmus" features lines like "You see both seas roar at your feet". What country's national anthem is it?
3. Students and teachers at the University of Juba ultimately won a competition launched in August of 2010 to find a national anthem for what African nation, which held an independence referendum the following January?
4. Reflecting the country's four official languages, the national anthem of Switzerland – known in English as "Swiss Psalm" – has four sets of lyrics: one in Romansch and one in each of which three other languages?
5. "Marcha Real", which means "Royal March", is the national anthem of Spain. It is one of only four national anthems – along with those of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, and San Marino – that do not have any what?

Extra credit
1. The national anthem of what African country was written by its third president, Daniel Bashiel Warner, who held the office from 1864 to 1868?
2. "Al-Nasheed Al-Watani", the national anthem of Kuwait, and "Surudi Milli", the national anthem of Tajikistan, among others, have titles that translate to what phrase?

This week's challenge
Start with the word STAR-SPANGLED. Change one letter to a D and you can rearrange the result to spell a seven-letter word for what an airplane does at the beginning of its journey and a five-letter word for what it does at the end of its journey. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. "God Save the Queen"
2. Panama
3. South Sudan
4. French, German, Italian
5. Lyrics

Extra credit
1. Liberia
2. "National Anthem"