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 name MISTER ROGERS. Change one letter to a D and you can spell a four-letter word for a category of animals, and an eight-letter word for a breed in that category. What are the words?

Answer: If you change the M to a D, you can spell DOGS and TERRIERS.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: HORSES

On-air questions: On June 15, 1878, photographer Eadweard Muybridge took a series of photographs that showed all four hooves of a horse will leave the ground at the same time while it is trotting. Collectively titled Sallie Gardner at a Gallop – named after the horse depicted in the photos – the series of images was taken on what Muybridge called a "zoopraxiscope" and is widely cited as a pioneering predecessor of the movie projector. To commemorate Muybridge's photos, this week our questions are about horses.

1. Sometimes called Barnard 33, and first discovered in the 1880s by astronomer Willamina Fleming, a gas and dust cloud known as the Horsehead Nebula sits just south of the easternmost star in the "belt" of what constellation?
2. At the Summer Olympics, the pommel horse is a gymnastics event that is contested by male gymnasts only. There are three other such events: the horizontal bar, the parallel bars, and what?
3. Based on the "brony" culture associated with the children's television show My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, "The Equestranauts" is a 2014 episode in which the title character must go undercover at an "Equestra Con" to retrieve a prized rare toy pony owned by his daughter Tina after she is tricked into trading it. "The Equestranauts" is the seventeenth episode of season four of what series?
4. Commonly played in high-stakes tournaments, the multi-game poker format known as H.O.R.S.E. consists of five games, each represented by a letter in the acronym. The O is Omaha, the R is Razz, the S is seven card-stud, and the E stands for the word "eight" in an "eight-or-better" variation of seven-card stud. What poker variation does the H stand for?
5. In 2018, a horse named Justify won thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown and is the first winner whose name starts with J. Alphabetically first in the list of Triple Crown winners is 1978's Affirmed. What winner is second alphabetically?

Extra credit
1. Who described her 1975 album Horses as "three-chord rock merged with the power of the word"?
2. Among his many film and television credits, actor Michael Horse is known for portraying Deputy Hawk from 1990 to 1991, and again in 2017, on what series?

This week's challenge: Start with the phrase ONE-HORSE TOWN. Change one letter to a V, and you can rearrange the result to spell the last name of a scientist and the last name of a U.S. president. What are the names?

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 celebrate a very special day.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about squares.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to hit the speed of sound.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a fill-in-the-blanks quiz.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats to make the jump to hyperspace.

Any Questions #348: _o_o

Apr 27, 2018

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return for another Friday quiz.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show dedicated to the memory of NPR's Carl Kasell, who died this week at 84.

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Any Questions #343: L-A

Mar 23, 2018
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L.A.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats once again this week.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about one of their favorite topics.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about Rays.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about the Garden State.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return for a quiz about orange things.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap spots for the final quiz before the February Fund Drive.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about "rocky' things.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with show all about "V.W."

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel wrap up another year with the seventh installment of leftover questions.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are getting into the Christmas spirit with a holiday-inspired show.

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