Any Questions #435: "One-Tenth" | WAMC

Any Questions #435: "One-Tenth"

Jan 10, 2020

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothangel aim for 10 percent effort.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name of our special guest JIM LEVULIS. Change one letter to an E and you can rearrange the result to spell the first names (five letters each) of two people each known for starring in movie musicals in the 1960s. What are the names?
Answer: JULIE and ELVIS (change the M to an E)

On-air questions: Today is January 10, or 1/10. You’re a math professor, so you know that when you write the date out, at least here in the U.S., it looks like one-tenth. On today’s show, you’ll have to do some mental division. Every correct answer will be one-tenth of the expected number.

1. Together since 1981 and featuring WAMC pal Natalie Merchant until 1993, what is the name of the band whose hit singles include “Because the Night,” a Bruce Springsteen cover, and “These Are Days,” both of which were featured in a 1993 “Unplugged” performance?
2. OK, you might need pen and paper for this one. What amount of time is measured in daylights, sunsets, midnights, cups of coffee, inches, miles, laughter and strife – according to a Jonathan Larson song from a 1996 Broadway show?
3. The title distance traveled in search of a sea monster by Captain Nemo and his Nautilus crew, according to an 1870 novel first published in French.
4. Subject of a Best Picture Oscar nominee starring James Franco, it’s how long Aron Ralston worked to escape being trapped by a boulder in Utah in 2003.
5. Considered one of the most important magical realist novels, what Gabriel García Márquez masterwork focuses on seven generations of the Buendía family in Colombia?

Extra credit
1. According to the title of a 2009 film, the number of days of summer that Joseph Gordon-Levitt spends with Zooey Deschanel.
2. Following the 76 trombones, how many cornets were close at hand and right behind before they blazed away, according to the Meredith Wilson song?

This week's challenge
Start with the word DENOMINATOR. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a five-letter word for a type of person who often relocates, and a six-letter word related to navigation. What are the words?


On-air questions

1. 1,000 Maniacs
2. 52,560 minutes (525,600 minutes make up a year)
3. 2000 leagues (20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne)
4. 12.7 hours (127 Hours is based on the memoir “Between a Rock and a Hard Place”)
5. 10 Years Of Solitude (For the first time, the novel will be coming to the screen on Netflix in 2020)

Extra credit
1. 50
2. 11