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 word RESOLUTIONS. Change one letter to an A, rearrange the letters, and you can spell the names of two baseball teams (7,4) that play near each other. What are the teams?

Answer: Change a U to an A and you can spell NATS and ORIOLES.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: FAMOUS TOWNS

On-air questions: Through the magic of radio, tonight I am both here in the studio with you and also in Cambridge, Massachusetts taking part in the annual MIT Mystery Hunt. One of those events will be over in a few minutes; the other will go on for days on end. Since I am in two places at the same time in a sense, it seemed appropriate to have a quiz about people who can also appear to be in two places at once: famous twins.

1. A brewery employee involved in an argument over which game bird in Europe was the fastest was put in touch with twins Ross and Norris McWhirter, who had been running an agency founded "to supply facts and figures to newspapers, yearbooks, encyclopedias, and advertisers". This meeting led to the McWhirters being commissioned to write the first edition of what book?
2. Twin musicians Matthew and Gunnar Nelson are the frontmen for a band appropriately called Nelson. The twins are the sons of what teen idol, perhaps best known for his role on The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and his hit songs "Poor Little Fool" and "Travelin' Man"?
3. Paul Hamm and his twin brother Morgan were two of the six members of the 2000 U.S. men's Olympic team and the 2004 silver-medal-winning men's U.S. Olympic team in what sport, in which Paul also won a gold medal in the individual all-around competition?
4. In Greek mythology, twins Apollo – often referred to as the god of music, archery, and the sun, among other things – and Artemis – the goddess of the hunt and the wilderness, among other things – are the children of Leto and whom, who ruled as the king of the gods from Mount Olympus?
5. One of them has lived most everywhere, from Zanzibar to Barclay Square. The other's only seen the sights a girl can see from Brooklyn Heights. One adores a minuet, the Ballet Russes, and crepes Suzette. The other loves to rock and roll and a hot dog makes her lose control. On what 1960s TV show did these identical cousins – a pair of matching bookends but different as night and day – appear?

Extra credit

1. Cameron and Tyler, The Winkelvoss twins – both portrayed by Armie Hammer through the magic of special effects – are characters in what 2010 film?
2. Jacqueline Hennessy, a journalist and the twin sister of actress Jill Hennessy, played Jill's character Claire Kincaid in some scenes in a 1996 episode of what long-running drama series?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase SAW DOUBLE. Change one letter to an F and you can rearrange the result to spell a three-word phrase (4, 1, 4) for what you might do if you use too much electricity. What is the phrase?

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. 

Any Questions #251

Jun 17, 2016

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

Any Questions #250

Jun 10, 2016

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

Any Questions #249

Jun 3, 2016

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

Any Questions #248

May 27, 2016

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

Any Questions #247

May 20, 2016

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

Any Questions #246

May 13, 2016

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

Any Questions #245

May 6, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are off to France for this week's show.

Any Questions #244

Apr 29, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats at the wedding reception.

Any Questions #243

Apr 22, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel hold a "spelling" bee.

Any Questions #242

Apr 15, 2016
Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate No. 42 with a show about Jackie Robinson.

Any Questions #241

Apr 8, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats to take care of business.

Any Questions #240

Apr 1, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all "four" one on this week's show.

Any Questions #239

Mar 25, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have a good Friday on Good Friday.

Any Questions #238

Mar 18, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go back to the Wells.

Any Questions #237

Mar 11, 2016
Haight Ashbury
Haight Ashbury

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

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase SOUTH POLE. Change one letter to an R and you can rearrange the result to spell a word that names things explorers might look through. What are they?
Answer: Change the U to and R and you can spell PORTHOLES.

Any Questions #236

Mar 4, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to stay perfect this week.

Any Questions #235

Feb 26, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel head into the wilderness for this week's show.

Any Questions #234

Feb 19, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to eclipse themselves.

Any Questions #233

Feb 12, 2016

 

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel make that hotline bling.

Any Questions #232

Feb 5, 2016

Is your spider-sense tingling? It's time again for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

Any Questions #231

Jan 29, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are two of a kind, but their show this week comes in threes.

Any Questions #230

Jan 22, 2016
DJ Jazzy Jeff
DJ Jazzy Jeff

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch sides for a quiz that'll make you think about "Summertime."

Any Questions #229

Jan 15, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel stick to the rules this week.

Any Questions #228

Jan 11, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel turn it down to zero.

Any Questions #227

Jan 1, 2016

 

For WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, it must have been the roses.

Any Questions #226

Dec 25, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate an annual tradition on the show: clearance.

Any Questions #225

Dec 18, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about football.

Any Questions #224

Dec 11, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel rate this week's show NC-17.

Any Questions #223

Dec 4, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are out to prove this wasn't all a flash in the pan.

Any Questions #222

Nov 27, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel salute this Black Friday show.

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