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 SPRING AHEAD. Change one letter to an I and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (seven letters, four letters) that names things an audiologist might recommend. What are they?

Answer: If you change the P to an I, you can spell HEARING AIDS.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "BB"

On-air questions: On February 16, 1978, the first public dial-up computer bulletin board system was created. Called the CBBS and developed by Ward Christensen and Randy Suess during a Chicago blizzard, the system was designed, according to Christensen, to function similar to an actual corkboard bulletin board at his local computer club: users could dial the board's number, log in to the system, and read messages left by other users or leave messages of their own. It reportedly received some 250,000 calls before it was disconnected. To commemorate that first bulletin board, this week each correct answer will have the initials B.B.

1. In 1976, gymnast Nadia Comaneci scored the first perfect 10 in Olympics gymnastics history. She would score a total of seven perfect 10s at the 1976 Games: four on the uneven bars and three on what apparatus?
2. “We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.” and “We shall all have to be judged according to our works, whether they be towards man or towards beast.” are quotes from an 1877 work by Anna Sewell, her only published novel. What is the title of Sewell’s novel?
3. In April of 1770, explorer James Cook made landfall along Australia's eastern coast, in a body of water he and other members of his expedition called Stingrays Harbour. In a journal entry written shortly after that landing, however, Cook writes that because of the "great quantity of plants" in the area, he ultimately decided to give what name to the body of water?
4. He was a frequent collaborator with lyricist Hal David, he has written 73 U.S. Top 40 hits, he has won two Academy Awards – one for “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” and one for the theme to the film Arthur – and he starred as himself in all three Austin Powers movies. Who is he?
5. In a top-ten list of the most men’s singles matches won at Wimbledon, Roger Federer is number one, with 91 matches won. What two players are at numbers three and ten, winning 71 and 51 matches, respectively?

Extra credit

1. By what name do we know a group of medications that are commonly used to treat abnormal heart rhythms and other heart-related issues by preventing stress hormones (such as adrenaline) from binding to receptors in cells?
2. In 2015, comedian and author John Hodgman wrote a new narration for a series of performances by the Boston Pops of a work entitled The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, written by what English composer?

This week's challenge

Start with the phrase BULLETIN BOARD. Change one letter to a T and you can rearrange the result to spell a seven-letter word and a six-letter word (both starting with B) that each name something that you usually need a finger to use. 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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