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Any Questions? #31

Former Soul Coughing frontman and acclaimed solo artist Mike Doughty stopped by to play
Former Soul Coughing frontman and acclaimed solo artist Mike Doughty stopped by to play

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel say yes and also yes to having acclaimed musician Mike Doughty stop by the studio to play.

Last week's challenge

Take the name of an author commonly known by his first and middle initials. Drop the "e" from his name, then rearrange the result to name a type of character that frequently appears in his books. Who is the author and what is the type of character?

Answer: The author is A.A. MILNE, and the type of character is an ANIMAL.

On-air questions: This week, we commemorate the March 30, 1964 debut of Jeopardy! and the release of musician Mike Doughty's new live CD The Question Jar Show by asking Doughty questions about questions.

1. Bob Dylan song that begins with the lines, "How many roads must a man walk down/ before you call him a man?"
2. Comedian famous for asking questions like, "After they make Styrofoam, what do they ship it in?" and "If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?" in his trademark deadpan delivery
3. 1988 movie starring Bob Hoskins as Eddie Valiant, a private detective investigating a murder in Toontown, and famous for its innovations in combining live action and animation
4. Edward Albee play, later adapted into a film starring Richard Burton as George and Elizabeth Taylor as Martha, which had its 1963 Pulitzer Prize rescinded because of its use of profanity
5. Three-word question popularized by a 1984 Wendy's commercial in which 81-year-old Clara Peller inspects the bun of a competitor's burger
6. Film in which Robert DeNiro's character Travis Bickle asks, "You talkin' to me?" while looking at himself in the mirror

Extra credit
1. Science-fiction television show that debuted on October 2, 1959 with an episode titled "Where Is Everybody?"
2. Backing band for Question Mark, lead singer on the 1966 number-one hit "96 Tears"

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase QUESTION JAR. Rearrange these eleven letters to spell a word that follows the word "hip" in a familiar two-word phrase, and another word that means, in a way, the opposite of "hip." What are the words?









On-air questions
1. "Blowin' In The Wind"
2. Steven Wright
3. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
4. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
5. "Where's the beef?"
6. Taxi Driver

Extra credit
1. The Twilight Zone
2. The Mysterians

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.