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 GOLDEN ARCHES. Change one letter to a T and you can rearrange the result to spell a six-letter word for a place to store things and a six-letter word for something you might find in that place. What are the words?

Answer: If you change the D to a T, you can spell CLOSET and HANGER.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: PROMISES

On-air questions: On this date in 2006, most of the 1994 Stanley Cup-winning New York Rangers were in attendance at Madison Square Garden as Mark Messier’s No. 11 was retired, the fourth player to receive the honor from the Blueshirts. Messier, who had two different stints with the Rangers, spent 25 years in the NHL, winning six Stanley Cups. In 1994, Messier told reporters the Rangers, trailing the Devils 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Final, would win that night, and he went on to score three goals in a 4-2 victory. In honor of Messier’s statement, today’s show is all about promises.

1. Sticking with sports: the most famous of all sports guarantees came on the eve of Super Bowl III, when Joe Namath said the Jets would win over Baltimore despite being an 18-point underdog. Namath was right, the Jets won 16-7…and they haven’t been back. It was one of 10 Super Bowls held up to now in what city, at venues such as The Orange Bowl, Sun Life Stadium and Dolphin Stadium?
2. The last incumbent president to lose reelection is remembered for going back on a promise made at the 1988 Republican National Convention: “Read my lips, no new taxes.” Who uttered these fateful — and perhaps quaint — words?
3. Speaking on CBS’ 60 Minutes on Nov. 13, 2016, then-President-elect Donald Trump said: “I'm going to do very restrained, if I use it at all, I'm going to do very restrained.” What was Trump referring to in that quote, which proved to be wildly untrue?
4. “I haven’t been touring for a long time and it’s been a painful decision whether to go back on the road ... but I’ve made a decision and this is the last show I’m gonna do.” So said what performer on Nov. 3, 1977 during a concert in London whose setlist included “Your Song,” “Bennie and the Jets” and “Candle in the Wind?”
5. “You’re gonna like the way you look. I guarantee it.” That was the commercial tagline for many years spoken by George Zimmer, the former CEO of which 1,200-store chain?

Extra credit

1. In what Twitter said was the most retweeted post of 2017, teenager Carter Wilkerson asked a fast food giant how many retweets he would need to receive free nuggets for a year. The reply was 18 million.  What was the chain, which is headquartered in Ohio and was founded in 1969?
2. “"I hereby state, and mean all that I say, that I never have been and never will be a candidate for President; that if nominated by either party, I should peremptorily decline; and even if unanimously elected I should decline to serve." That promise not to enter politics was made by what Civil War General, for whom similar denials have come to be named?

This week's challenge

Start with the names of Mark Messier’s other NHL teams: CANUCKS and OILERS. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a phrase that might describe what someone who cheated on a diet has done.

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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