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 ANDROMEDA. Add a letter and you can rearrange the result to spell the ten-letter title of a film about an asteroid. What is the title?

Answer: If you add a G, you can spell ARMAGEDDON.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: GALAXIES

On-air questions: On October 20, 1803, the United States Senate ratified the treaty between the U.S. and France that set forth the terms of the Louisiana Purchase. Passing in the Senate by a vote of 24 to 7, the Louisiana Purchase effectively doubled the size of the U.S., adding over 800,000 square miles at a cost of around $11 million in cash and the cancellation of some $3 million in debt to France. To commemorate the Louisiana Purchase, this week, each correct answer will have the initials L. P.

1. Along with St. Moritz, Switzerland, and Innsbruck, Austria, what city is the third to have hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice, the latter of which included the famous "Miracle on Ice" hockey game between the United States and Russia?
2. Portrayed by actress Sheryl Lee, what character is the catalyst for the events in the television series Twin Peaks, in which her murder brings Special Agent Dale Cooper to the town to investigate the crime?
3. What is the official name of the product developed by Bette Nesmith Graham in her kitchen in the 1950s while working as a typist, which she mixed in her blender and first distributed to her co-workers in bottles labeled "Mistake Out"?
4. He won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962, making him one of four individuals to win more than one Nobel Prize and the only one whose prizes were both unshared. He is also one of only two people (along with Marie Curie) to win Nobel Prizes in two different fields. Who is he?
5. What item completes this group: candlestick, knife, revolver, rope, wrench?

Extra credit

1. What travel guide company published its first book, Across Asia on the Cheap, in 1972 and is currently the largest travel guidebook publisher in the world?
2. Named for the architect who designed the basic street layout for Washington, D.C., what commercial complex is located a few blocks south of the National Mall and includes the headquarters for the U.S. Postal Service?

This week's challenge

Start with the phrase LAUNCH PADS. Rearrange the letters to spell two-five letter words, each a thing you might serve in a bowl. 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. 

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