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 MADE A DECISION. Rearrange the letters to spell a four-letter word and a two-word phrase (five letters, four letters) that both name something you learn about in biology class. What are the things?

Answer: SEED and AMINO ACID.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: TRIVIA "LAND"

On-air questions: On July 13, 1923, the Hollywoodland sign was dedicated in Los Angeles, California. Originally used to advertise a new housing development, the letters in the sign were outlined with light bulbs and lit up in three sections. In 1949, when the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Parks Department contracted to rebuild the aging sign, the "land" part of the word was removed so the sign referred to the district and not the housing development. A 1978 campaign saw celebrities such as Gene Autry and Alice Cooper contribute funds to restore the sign. In honor of the Hollywoodland sign, this week each correct answer will be the name of a place whose name ends in "land".

1. While Newfoundland doesn't count – since the province is officially called Newfoundland and Labrador – there is a Canadian province whose name ends in "land". What is it?
2. Tootles, Nibs, and Curly are members of a group of children called the Lost Boys, who are described in a 1904 play – and a 1911 novel based on that play – as boys "who fall out of their prams when the nurse is looking the other way and if they are not claimed in seven days, they are sent far away to" what place?
3. Now featuring attractions such as Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters, and a Star Wars-themed motion simulator called Star Tours, what area of Disneyland was described upon its opening in 1955 by Walt Disney as "a step into the future, with predictions of constructed things to come"?
4. Under British rule from 1906 to 1968, the king of what African country announced earlier this year that the country would be changing its name to Eswatini to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its independence, and also partially to avoid confusion with a similarly-named European country?
5. The comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, the late-90s/early-2000s TV series The Drew Carey Show, and the 1989 film Major League (and its 1994 sequel) are all set in what U.S. city?

Extra credit
1. What country's second-largest airport is named for the capital city, while its largest airport is named for Keflavík, a city some 30 miles southwest of the capital?
2. By what name do we know the supercontinent that merged with Euramerica in the Carboniferous Period to form a larger supercontinent called Pangaea?

This week's challenge: Start with the words RHODE ISLAND. Change one letter to an O and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (four letters, seven letters) that names things you might grab on your way out of a room. What are they?

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. 

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a "land"-based show.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for another crack at one of their stranger categories.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to brave another week.

Checkpoint Charlie in 1963
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are "swapping spots" this week for a show about alliteration.

A horse
Jim Levulis / WAMC

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back in the saddle again.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark the end of the Fund Drive with a show about various misters.

Chocolate espresso cake
The Galley Gourmet

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.

Carl Kasell
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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.

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

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer are back....ward and forward.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats to get ready for April.

Any Questions #343: L-A

Mar 23, 2018
The seal of L.A.
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.

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

New Jersey's state seal
New Jersey

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.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back, baby.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for a post-Fund Drive quiz.

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."

Mark Messier
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a quiz about famous promises.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel kick off 2018 with a golden quiz.

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

A Christmas tree
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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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