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 NOAH WEBSTER. Change one letter to a C, and you can rearrange the result to spell a five-letter word for things that most pine trees have and a six-letter word for something pine tree branches might be made into. What are the words?

Answer: If you change the B to a C, you can spell CONES and WREATH.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: FAMOUS HOAXES

On-air questions: On April 21, 1934, the British tabloid the Daily Mail published what came to be known as the "Surgeon's photograph", reportedly the first photo taken of the head and neck of the Loch Ness Monster. Allegedly taken by a London doctor named Robert Wilson, the photograph has been the subject of controversy and debunking over the years. A 1999 book explained the supposed origin of the photo, which involved revenge on the Daily Mail (not by Wilson, who was merely the person who delivered the photos to the newspaper) and a toy submarine. We'll try not to deliberately mislead anyone this week with our questions about famous hoaxes.

1. A 1917 hoax article about the history of the bathtub chronicled how the fixture's introduction in the U.S. was opposed until 1850, when its use was more broadly accepted after Millard Fillmore installed one in what building?
2. The fact that he is barefoot on the cover of Abbey Road, cryptic lyrics and backwards messages in songs, and hundreds of other supposed clues led many people to believe a hoax that what musician had died and had been replaced by a lookalike in his band?
3. A fraternal organization known as the Priory of Sion was founded in the 1950s as part of a hoax. Over the years, conspiracy theorists have claimed to have evidence of the group's long-time existence and secrets. In the mid-2000s, the Priory was a major plot element of a book – and its subsequent movie adaptation – by what author?
4. Fabricated in the 1860s, the 10-foot Cardiff Giant was a supposed petrified man carved from a block of gypsum and buried on a farm in Cardiff, New York. It attracted large paying crowds, which prompted an offer to purchase the giant. The offer was refused, and the buyer commissioned a replica of the statue. When the replica started attracting crowds, one of the owners of the original statue commented, "There's a sucker born every minute." Who commissioned the replica of the Cardiff Giant?
5. Gaining widespread popularity in the 1990s via a student project on gullibility, the hoax surrounding a chemical known as dihydrogen monoxide has resurfaced multiple times over the years. The hoax claims, among other things, that DHMO (as it is sometimes known) contributes to the greenhouse effect, can cause severe burns, and is used as an industrial coolant. What is the much more common name for dihydrogen monoxide?

Extra credit

1. Derived from the name of the Greek goddess of agriculture, the word "cereologist" refers to someone who studies, investigates, or creates what objects, widely debunked as man-made hoaxes?
2. The Pacific Northwest tree octopus, a fictitious species created in 1998, was supposedly able to live on both land and water, spending most of its time in the Olympic National forest and nearby rivers. According to its official website, the major predator of the tree octopus was what other fictitious creature, which also supposedly dwells mainly in the Pacific Northwest?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase CARDIFF GIANT. Change one letter to a B and you can rearrange the result to spell a three-word phrase (two letters, three letters, seven letters) for where someone who is running late might be stuck. 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 #265

Sep 23, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with this week's show.

Any Questions #264

Sep 16, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothangel spend a night at the opera.

Any Questions #263

Sep 9, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try out a new category.

Any Questions #262

Sep 2, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats to kick off the sixth season.

Any Questions #261

Aug 26, 2016
The flad of Chad

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel chad it up this week.

Any Questions #260

Aug 19, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for a show all about 500.

Any Questions #259

Aug 12, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to keep cool by switching seats.

Any Questions #258

Aug 5, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are hoping to pass with flying colors.

Any Questions #257

Jul 29, 2016

It's weekly quiz time for the Pickus-Nothnagel clan.

Any Questions #256

Jul 25, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to short-circuit this week's show.

Any Questions #255

Jul 15, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on cable news this week.

Any Questions #254

Jul 8, 2016
Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal / Wall Street Journal

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothangel switch seats for a show about the media.

Any Questions #253

Jul 1, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are too clever by half.

Any Questions #252

Jun 24, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return with a St. John-themed show.

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.

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