Any Questions #453: "Belated" Birthday | WAMC

Any Questions #453: "Belated" Birthday

Jun 5, 2020

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for a "belated" show.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase TAKES A TRIP. Rearrange the letters to spell a six-letter word for a type of waterway and a four-letter word for part of a landmass. What are the words?
Answer: STRAIT and PEAK.

On-air questions: Well Mike, during the pandemic and the protests this week, some things got lost in the shuffle a little bit. Including your birthday! As a belated birthday present, all of this week’s correct answers will be made up by letters in the word “belated.”

1. Nixon-Kennedy, Gore Vidal-William F. Buckley, Lincoln-Douglas, for example.
2. The only word in the title of the 1859 book that begins “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness” that fits this category.   
3. Kuiper or Van Allen, astronomically speaking?
4. Word that briefly described Chas Newby, Stu Sutcliffe and Pete Best?
5. This Atlanta-based company’s slogans over the years have included the current “Keep Climbing,” “Hospitality and Service from the Heart” in the 1950s, and 1929’s “Speed, Comfort and Safety.”

Extra credit
1. The only anagram of belated is what past tense verb associated with sheep?
2. Bell, Los Alamos or Oak Ridge, for example?

This week's challenge
Two items commonly associated with birthdays begin with the U.S. postal abbreviation for which state?

On-air questions

1. Debate (Check out the format for the Lincoln-Douglas Senate debates, almost unthinkable today: seven debates with the first candidate speaking for 60 minutes, the other for 90, and then the first rebutting for another half-hour)
2. Tale, from “A Tale Of Two Cities” (the book is split into three sections around the French Revolution, 1775, 1780 and 1792)
3. Belt (the Van Allen belts are named for James Van Allen of the University of Iowa, who identified the zones of charged particles held magnetically around a planet; the Kuiper Belt, named for a Dutch astronomer, is found roughly between Neptune and Pluto, what NASA calls a “cosmic doughnut” of icy objects around the sun.
4. Beatle (Sutcliffe, who played bass and sang, died of a brain hemorrhage at age 21, not long after leaving The Beatles in 1961 to focus on his art career)
5. Delta

Extra credit
1. Bleated
2. Lab (As a bonus fact, Bell Labs is today known as Nokia Bell Labs, with a headquarters in New Jersey, but between 1898 and 1966 Bell Labs was located at a 13-building complex in Manhattan at 463 West Street)