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 COPY EDITORS. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a five-letter genre of music and a six-letter type of literature. What are the words?

Answer: DISCO and POETRY.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: M, S, N, B, C

On-air questions: On July 15, 1996: a new network called MSNBC debuted. At its inception, it provided news coverage, interviews, and opinion. Over time, it shifted its focus to politics, but kept many of the opinion-cased shows. In 2015, it revitalized its focus on news, replacing many daytime talk shows with news programming. To commemorate MSNBC's founding, this week we'll have a quiz about the letters M, S, N, B, and C.

1. Beginning with 1995's GoldenEye, the character known as M, who is the head of the Secret Intelligence Service – also known as MI6 – was played by Judi Dench. In the two most recent Bond films (2012’s Skyfall and 2015’s Spectre) the role was taken over by what actor?
2. In 2013, author Doug Dorst published S., a novel-within-a-novel about a work by a mysterious author and two college students who attempt to figure out his identity as they trade a copy of the author’s work back and forth. The novel was co-conceived by who, also the director of two Star Trek films and the most recent Star Wars film?
3. The most commonly-used chess notation (and the only one that is recognized by the World Chess Federation) identifies the squares on the board by a lowercase letter and a number. It also assigns a capital letter to each piece. Which piece, the only one that can jump over other pieces, is identified by the capital letter N?
4. Focusing on entertainment and sports news, b was a newspaper published from 2008 to 2015, and targeted at more casual readers between 18 and 35 years old. The paper was published as a companion to the Sun, the daily newspaper of what East Coast city, whose name also starts with B?
5. The letter C is used as the unit for degrees Celsius, named after Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius. What other word beginning with C is also used to refer to this scale, referencing the fact that there are 100 degrees on the scale between the freezing and boiling points of water?

Extra credit

1. Of the letters M, S, N, B, and C, which is the only one that is not used as a one-letter symbol for a chemical element?
2. Of the letters M, S, N, B, and C, which is the only one that does not appear as the only letter on the cap of a current Major League Baseball team?

This week's challenge
Start with the letters MSNBC. Add four vowels and you can rearrange the result spell a two-word phrase (five letters, four letters) for something that makes a loud noise. What is it?

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. 

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.

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Nov 27, 2015

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sep 25, 2015

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

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Sep 18, 2015

Pucker up! Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel is back.

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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.

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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.

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

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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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