Any Questions #455: Possessives | WAMC

Any Questions #455: Possessives

Jun 19, 2020

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a possessive program.

Last week's challenge
Start with the word RECIPROCATE. Rearrange the letters to spell two words (five letters and six letters) that might precede the last name Brosnan. What are the words?
Answer: PIERCE and ACTOR.

On-air questions: Sunday is Father’s Day. So first, happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. In the U.S., the holiday has been celebrated on the third Sunday of June since 1910. In honor of Father’s Day, each correct answer today will follow the same format: a noun possessed by another noun.

1. Beating “The Fugitive,” “In the Name of the Father,” “The Piano” and “The Remains of the Day,” what three-hour-plus Best Picture Oscar winner is in black and white except for one memorable scene featuring a girl in a red coat?
2. Wrapping up in April after six season and 80 episodes, what Canadian sitcom features three members of the Levy family in the cast: Eugene as Johnny, Dan as David, and Sarah as a waitress named Twyla?
3. Home to a production of “Our American Cousin” in April 1865, what building wouldn’t host live theater again until 1968?
4. Mentioned in the 2008 hit “Second Chance” by the band Shinedown and also the title of a Phish song performed 135 times since its 1986 debut, what astronomical feature was spotted in 1758, 1835, 1910 and 1986?
5. It began in Chattanooga on May 7, 1864 with 100,000 troops, arrived in Atlanta on September 3, was formally proposed in a letter to Ulysses Grant a week later, and ended in Savannah December 10. What is it?

Extra credit
1. Northeast of Sacramento, where families are encouraged to visit the American River and pan, what historic site also includes a blacksmith shop and a mining exhibit?
2. Thought to take its name from a New Testament story for a location purchased with the 30 pieces of silver, what is the generic term for a burial ground for the indigent?

This week's challenge
Start with the words FATHER AND MOTHER. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a state capital and a greenhouse gas. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Schindler’s List (The 1993 film won seven Oscars including Best Director for Steven Spielberg and was nominated for another five)
2. Schitt’s Creek (Before creating Schitt’s Creek with his father Eugene, Dan Levy was one of the original VJs on MTV Canada)
3. Ford’s Theater (the theater, owned by former Baltimore City Council President John T. Ford, became an office building after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln before undergoing a restoration campaign 100 years after Lincoln’s death; the fully restored version opened the night before Lincoln’s 200th birthday in 2009 with President Obama in attendance)
4. Halley’s Comet (named for the second British Astronomer Royal Edmund Halley, the comet will return in 2062; there is debate over how Halley pronounced his name — with some theory that it was Halley like valley or Hawley)
5. Sherman’s March to the Sea (“The March” was the subject of the 2005 historical novel of the same name by E.L Doctorow, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award)

Extra credit
1. Sutter’s Mill  
2. Potter’s Field