WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return for another baseball show.
Last week's challengeStart with the phrase EMPTY BLEACHERS. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a famous play from the 1600s and a famous last name from the world of entertainment in the 1900s. What are the words?Answer: MACBETH and PRESLEY. THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: THINGS CONTANING MLB TEAM NAMESOn-air questions: Major League Baseball is back! Yesterday and today is Opening Day of the 2020 MLB season, which is a sentence that is weird for many reasons. Teams will play 60 games this season, with the World Series taking place in November. In addition to permanent rule changes announced in February, temporary adjustments for the shortened season include using the designated hitter in both leagues and starting a runner on second base in extra innings. To celebrate the return, such as it is, of Major League Baseball, each correct answer this week will contain the nickname of an MLB team in the singular (like “Marlin” or “Athletic”). 1. A March 1872 Act of Dedication declared, in part, “the tract of land in the Territories of Montana and Wyoming ... is hereby reserved and withdrawn from settlement, occupancy, or sale under the laws of the United States, and dedicated and set apart as a public park” and established the first of 62 such areas in the U.S. By what three-word name do we know this land?2. When the series originally aired on ABC in 1990 and 1991, the episodes had no titles. After airing in Germany, the titles given to the episodes were translated into English, among them “Northwest Passage”, “Cooper’s Dreams”, and “The Path to the Black Lodge”. What series is it?3. A 1798 poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge largely consists of a sailor recounting a long sea voyage, and is the source of the metaphor of having an albatross hung around one’s neck and of the phrase “Water, water, every where / Nor any drop to drink”. What is the title of this poem?4. While several versions of the song have appeared on Billboard’s country charts, the only rendition of “America the Beautiful” to appear on the R&B charts was a 1976 version, one of 86 hits to appear there, by what singer?5. Celebrated on September 19th, what tongue-in-cheek observance gained international exposure after humorist Dave Barry wrote a 2002 column about it, ensuring that every year, people will greet their friends with “Ahoy, maties!” and add “Arrrr!” to their vocabulary for the day? Extra credit1. In 1967, the NBA named its annual Coach of the Year Award after whom, two years after he won the award?2. In 2001, what film was nominated for 10 Academy Awards including Best Picture, setting a record for the most nominations for a non-English-language film, a feat that was equaled in 2008 by Roma? This week's challengeStart with the phrase OPENING DAYS. Change one letter to an R and you can rearrange the result to spell a five-letter word for part of a sink and a six-letter word for something you often find in a sink. What are the words? ANSWERSOn-air questions1. Yellowstone National Park2. Twin Peaks3. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner4. Ray Charles5. Talk Like a Pirate Day Extra credit1. Red Auerbach2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon