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Any Questions #500: "Back To The Beginning"

Jun 4, 2021

The answers from our very first show loom large as resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus host the 500th episode.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase EVEN THE SCORE. Change one letter to an A and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (eight letters, four letters) that names something you might do to lower your energy bills. What is the phrase?
Answer: If you change an E to an A, you can spell CONSERVE HEAT.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: “BACK TO THE START”
On-air questions: Well Mike, 499 shows ago, a public radio segment launched for the first time, bringing together a newsman with a passion for trivia and a math professor who moonlighted as a crossword constructor and spelling bee champion. In honor of our 2011 debut, this week, all of the correct answers were also the correct answers on our very first show. I’ve changed the questions. Let’s see how good your memory is.

1. Flavors of this brand founded in 1965 include Strawberry, Mango Extremo, Fierce: Blue Cherry, and Frost: Glacier Freeze.
2. The Pleiades in Greek myth, the companions to Artemis, and the Seven Sisters in English, name two of the three college campuses in the group that are not in Massachusetts.
3. Two of the most well-known places with what name are located about 90 miles east of Chicago and 150 miles north of Indianapolis, and on the right bank of the River Seine in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, respectively?
4. Born in London in 1607, what man who died of tuberculosis one year after moving to the Massachusetts Bay Colony left half of his sizable estate and his book collection to a nearby college established two years earlier?
5. Famous alumni of which Big 10 college include the man born Leslie Lynch King Jr., actors Margo Martindale, Gilda Radner and David Alan Grier, and NFL stars Charles Woodson, Tom Brady and Jim Harbaugh – who is the current football coach there?

Extra credit
1. Number 500 on Rolling Stone’s list of the top 500 albums of all time is “Funeral,” the 2004 album by what Montreal band whose name comes from an urban legend?
2. No longer in circulation, a $500 bill minted by the U.S. Treasury between 1945 and 1969 featured the portrait of what U.S. President born in Niles, Ohio in 1843?

This week's challenge
Twenty-seven MLB players are in the 500 home-run club. Which has the shortest last name?

ANSWERS
On-air questions

1. Gatorade (Now owned by PepsiCo, Gatorade was invented at the University of Florida, of course)
2. Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Vassar (Radcliffe, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Wellesley)
3. Notre Dame (University of Notre Dame and Notre-Dame Cathedral)
4. John Harvard (According to the college, the collection of 260 volumes has grown to more than 10 million today)
5. University of Michigan (as a bonus fact, the man born Leslie Lynch King Jr. is better known today as Gerald Ford, the nation’s 38th president)

Extra credit
1. Arcade Fire
2. William McKinley