Any Questions?

Friday at 6:25 p.m. on Northeast Report Late Edition
  • Hosted by Ian Pickus
  • Local Host Mike Nothnagel and Ian Pickus

Last week's challenge: Start with the word WATERFOWL. Change one letter to an L and you can rearrange the result to spell the names (4, 5) of two parts of a castle. What are they?

Answer: If you change the F to an L, you can spell TOWER and WALL.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: KNIGHTED PEOPLE

On-air questions: On April 24, 1953, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill became Sir Winston Churchill when Queen Elizabeth II dubbed him a Knight of the Garter. (Churchill also won the Nobel Prize in 1953, and in 1963, John F. Kennedy proclaimed him the first honorary citizen of the U.S.) In honor of Churchill's knightly honor, this week our quiz is about other famous people who were knighted.

1. Rising to prominence in 1962 as the host of the satirical news program That Was The Week That Was, journalist Sir David Frost was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 1970, seven years before his famous series of interviews with what politician?
2. Honored in 1999 "for services to entertainment," Welsh singer Dame Shirley Bassey has had a distinguished singing career for over 60 years, but she is perhaps best known in the United States for her performances of the theme songs to the James Bond films Diamonds are Forever, Moonraker, and what 1964 installment, about "the man with the Midas touch"?
3. Awarded the Booker Prize in 1980 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1983, author Sir William Golding was knighted in 1988. Golding is perhaps best known for his first novel, an allegorical tale of a group of British schoolboys who crash on an island and attempt to build a society with not-so-great results. What is the title of this book?
4. Knighted in 1998, English professional golfer Sir Nick Faldo has won more major golf championships than any other European player since World War I. He has also played the most matches in what tournament, contested every two years between teams from Europe and the United States?
5. From 1984 to 1996, Dame Angela Lansbury portrayed mystery novelist and amateur detective Jessica Fletcher on the hit show Murder, She Wrote. On a 1986 crossover episode, she travels to Hawaii and helps exonerate Tom Selleck's private investigator character of murder. What show did Murder, She Wrote cross over with?

Extra Credit

1. Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard, whose first play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead won the 1968 Tony Award for Best Play, is also an Academy Award winner. Stoppard received his Oscar for writing the screenplay for what 1998 film, which was named Best Picture the following year?
2. Dame Ellen MacArthur, a retired British yachtswoman, was the youngest person to receive the title, at the age of 28. She received the honor upon her return to England after breaking the record for doing what, which took her 71 days, 14 hours, 18 minutes, and 33 seconds?

This week's challenge

Start with the last names of two women who have been honored with the title of dame: ANDREWS and RIGG. Change one letter to an A (not the one that's there, of course) and you can spell a five-letter word that names something both women have received, and a six-letter word that describes one of the women. What are the words?
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About Any Questions?

WAMC's Friday quiz segment, Any Questions?, puts news director Ian Pickus in the hot seat, as he and listeners field questions from resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel. Nothnagel is Associate Professor of mathematics at The Culinary Institute of America, and a crossword constructor for the New York Times and Games Magazine, among other venues. Often, Mike and Ian switch seats or feature guest answers, such as Will Shortz, Liane Hansen, John Flansburgh and Mike Doughty.

Any Questions? airs Friday during Northeast Report Late Edition on WAMC. 

Any Questions #191

Apr 24, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a knee.

Any Questions #190

Apr 17, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are ducking trivia questions.

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Apr 10, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel high-tail it for a quiz about comets.

Any Questions #188

Apr 3, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel join for a jaunt about Js.

Any Questions #187

Mar 27, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back (to-back).

Any Questions #186

Mar 20, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel break out the berets and Chablis.

Any Questions #185

Mar 13, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats once again.

Any Questions #184

Mar 6, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are heading west for this week's show.

Any Questions #183

Feb 27, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are dressed to the nines....uh, 14s.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase POST OFFICE. Change one letter to an E and you can rearrange the result to spell the two-word name (6, 4) for things that you can probably find in most break rooms. What are they?
Answer: If you change the I to an E, you can spell COFFEE POTS.

Any Questions #182

Feb 20, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel send a different kind of audio postcard.

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