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Any Questions #462: This Is Only A "Test"

Aug 14, 2020

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to pass the "test."

Last week's challenge
Start with the word POMERANIAN. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a four-letter type of writing and a six-letter place found in literature. What are the words?
Answer: POEM and NARNIA

On-air questions: It’s that time of the year when students and teachers are preparing to return to classes, both online and on-campus. To get us in the mindset to begin learning again, this week we’re going to take a test. That is, our questions this time around will be about tests.

1. The 1986 album Test for Echo is the sixteenth studio album by what Canadian trio, who released it 15 years after their album Moving Pictures, which features the songs "Limelight", "YYZ", and "Tom Sawyer"?
2. Often cited as one of the first examples of a genre called New Journalism, the 1968 nonfiction book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test chronicles the cross-country journeys of Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters. The book was written by what author?
3. The Ishihara test, named after the University of Tokyo professor who developed it, consists of a series of plates that each have a circle of dots that form numbers or shapes within their patterns. These plates are commonly used to test for what medical condition?
4. "Will the interrogator decide wrongly as often when the game is played like this as he does when the game is played between a man and a woman?" is from a 1950 paper about machine intelligence and describes what the author calls an "imitation game", which inspired a test that came to be named after him. Who wrote this 1950 paper?
5. A match that took place from March 15th to March 19th, 1877 in Melbourne between teams from England and Australia is marked as the first officially recognized match of the “test” version, widely considered the highest standard in what sport?

Extra credit
1. The 1993 song “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” is perhaps the most well-known song from what Canadian band?
2. The thematic apperception test, a procedure that shows pictures to the test subject and asks them to tell a story about them, is one of the diagnostic tools used on Charlie Gordon, the protagonist of what 1966 novel by Daniel Keyes?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase LITMUS TEST. Change one letter to a P and you can rearrange the result to spell a four-letter word for a part of a flower and a six-letter word for certain types of flowers. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Rush
2. Tom Wolfe
3. Color-blindness
4. Alan Turing
5. Cricket

Extra credit
1. Crash Test Dummies
2. Flowers for Algernon