Any Questions?

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

Last week's challenge: Start with the phrase SAINT JOHN. Change one letter to a D and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (4, 5) for what people might do before praying. What is the phrase?

Answer: If you change the T to a D, you can spell JOIN HANDS.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: HAVLES

On-air questions: Today, July 1, is the halfway point of 2016. It's the 183rd day of the year, and there are 183 more days left to go. If it weren’t a leap year, then July 2nd would be as close to the halfway point as you could get (182 days past, 182 days after). To commemorate us making it 50% of the way through 2016, this week our quiz is about famous halves.

1. First minted in 1794, a U.S. half dollar has gone through many design changes – including a version with Benjamin Franklin on the obverse and the Liberty Bell on the reverse – but the design that is perhaps best known is one with who on the obverse?
2. "When you're here, you're halfway there" is the slogan of the Midpoint Café. Located in Adrian, Texas, the café advertises itself as being exactly halfway between Los Angeles and Chicago – 1139 miles from each city – along what historic highway?
3. After it was revealed he wrote several books attributed to Richard Bachman, what author wrote a novel titled The Dark Half, in which an unsuccessful author uses a pseudonym to write crime novels, and, upon being discovered, holds a mock funeral for his alter ego?
4. Federico Fellini's classic 1963 film 8½ tells the story of Guido Anselmo, a director suffering from "director's block". It was the basis for a 1982 Tony-winning Broadway musical directed by Tommy Tune and a 2009 film directed by Rob Marshall, both with what numerical title?
5. Introduced in 1999, Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor Half Baked is so named because it combines two flavors: chocolate ice cream with brownie pieces (the part that is baked) and vanilla ice cream with what unbaked ingredient?

Extra credit

1. In 1908, physicist Ernest Rutherford was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his investigations into the disintegration of the elements, and the chemistry of radioactive substances." This disintegration is commonly referred to as what?
2. The drink known a half and half – made with Guinness stout and either Harp or Smithwick's ale – in Ireland is more commonly known in the U.S. as what?

This week's challenge
Start with the word HALF-SISTER. Rearrange the letters to spell a seven-letter word for things that cigarettes have and a three-letter word for what cigarettes produce. 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 venues. 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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Nov 27, 2015

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

Any Questions #221

Nov 20, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about classic books they may or may not have read.

Any Questions #220

Nov 13, 2015

It's all about the Montgomerys on this week's show.

Any Questions #219

Nov 6, 2015

It's a birthday dirge today as resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus switch seats.

Any Questions #218

Oct 30, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return to an annual October tradition: the series.

Any Questions #217

Oct 23, 2015

Listen up! Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel is back.

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Oct 16, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are blushing red this week.

Any Questions #215

Oct 9, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have a case of the Thursdays.

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Oct 2, 2015

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

Any Questions #213

Sep 25, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel learn what supervocalics are.

Any Questions #212

Sep 18, 2015

Pucker up! Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel is back.

Any Questions #211

Sep 11, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a quiz all about Baghdad by the Bay.

Any Questions #210

Sep 4, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel prove that they can count to five.

Any Questions #209

Aug 28, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel will be right back.

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Aug 21, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel dust off their calculators.

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Aug 14, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for their campiest show yet.

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Aug 7, 2015

This week's show is set in stone for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Jul 31, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel look to the skies.

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Jul 24, 2015

Load up the van for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Jul 17, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch sides and take to the seas with their headphones on.

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Jul 10, 2015

It's all monkey business for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Jul 3, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take stock of their first 200 shows with No. 201.

Any Questions #200

Jun 26, 2015
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark 200 shows with a special guest.

Any Questions #199

Jun 19, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark Juneteenth by switching sides.

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Jun 12, 2015

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

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Jun 5, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are entering marshall law.

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May 29, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are marking a milestone birthday.

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May 22, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to find their way out of this week's show.

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May 15, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are taking a tandem ride.

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May 8, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are very excited for this week's show.

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