Any Questions?

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

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 outlets. Often, Mike and Ian switch seats or feature guest answerers, such as Will Shortz, Liane Hansen, John Flansburgh and Mike Doughty. Any Questions? airs Friday during Northeast Report Late Edition on WAMC.

Last week's challenge: Start with the phrase THE INCREDIBLES. Change one letter to an A and you can rearrange the result to spell an eight-letter word for things an ear doctor might be concerned about, and a six-letter word for something an eye doctor might be concerned about. What are the things?

Answer: If you change the h to an a, you can rearrange the remaining letters to spell "decibels" and "retina."

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: FAMOUS MAYORS

On-air questions: Today is the anniversary of the opening of the now much-maligned LaGuardia Airport in New York City in 1939. To be precise, it was first called North Beach Airport, then New York Municipal Airport before being renamed for Fiorello LaGuardia in 1953. In honor of the 99th mayor of New York, who served three terms, today’s quiz is all about famous mayors.

1. This is a two-part question: Now a U.S. Senator, what author of a 2016 book of nonfiction called Our Revolution won his first office by a dozen votes in 1981 when he became the mayor of which city, Vermont’s largest?
2. Coming from a political family that has also held positions like White House Chief of Staff and Cook County Commissioner, what is the last name of the men who held the Chicago mayor’s office for more than 30 years combined since 1955?
3. Portrayed by Ashlee Temple in the 2008 Gus Van Zandt biopic Milk, now-U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein was the 38th mayor of what city from 1978-1988?
4. According to hacked emails posted by Wikileaks, Mayor Kasim Reed was on Hillary Clinton’s list of potential running mates. In April, Reed grew emotional when announcing that Delta Air Lines was signing a 20-year lease agreement to remain headquartered in what city?
5. After refusing to endorse New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection campaign, Mark Sokolich was allegedly punished with some “traffic problems” at the George Washington Bridge that snarled traffic for days in 2013. What city is Mark Sokolich mayor of?

Extra credit

1. On a recent family vacation to the Boston area, the long-running television show family The Simpsons learned of a nearby city known as the “er, ah” City of Mayors. What was the name of this city?
2. Widely reported as having purchased the last available burial plot in Manhattan, what former New York City mayor and Congressman was laid to rest at Trinity Cemetery in 2013 after dying at age 88?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase MAYOR DINKINS. Rearrange the letters and you can spell two types of milk you might find at the grocery store. What are the words?

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 outlets. Often, Mike and Ian switch seats or feature guest answerers, such as Will Shortz, Liane Hansen, John Flansburgh and Mike Doughty.

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

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about famous mayors.

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Nov 18, 2016

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Nov 11, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with this week's show.

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Nov 4, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for their last show before Election Day.

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Oct 28, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return to one of their old favorites this week.

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Oct 21, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are "back" again.

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Oct 14, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for the last show before WAMC's Fall Fund Drive.

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Oct 7, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return for this week's edition of Any Questions?

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Sep 30, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel head back to the farm.

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Sep 23, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with this week's show.

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Sep 16, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothangel spend a night at the opera.

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Sep 9, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try out a new category.

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Sep 2, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats to kick off the sixth season.

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Aug 26, 2016
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel chad it up this week.

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Aug 19, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for a show all about 500.

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Aug 12, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to keep cool by switching seats.

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Aug 5, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are hoping to pass with flying colors.

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Jul 29, 2016

It's weekly quiz time for the Pickus-Nothnagel clan.

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Jul 25, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to short-circuit this week's show.

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Jul 15, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on cable news this week.

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Jul 8, 2016
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothangel switch seats for a show about the media.

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Jul 1, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are too clever by half.

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Jun 24, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return with a St. John-themed show.

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Jun 17, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try cool off with a quiz about ice.

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Jun 10, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel bring their "A" game.

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Jun 3, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel look for joy in Mudville.

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May 27, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try not to be a boar.

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May 20, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats so Mike can get the aisle seat.

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May 13, 2016

It's a superstitious show for resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus.

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