Any Questions?

Friday at 6:25 p.m. on Northeast Report Late Edition

Last week's challenge: Start with the words TROPHY and AWARD. Change one letter to a T (not the one that's already there) and you can rearrange the result to spell a three-word phrase (5, 1 ,5) for what you might do if you win an award. What is it?

Answer: If you change the D to a T, you can spell THROW A PARTY.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

On-air questions: Happy Independence Day! Today is July 4th, the day we commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Let's see if you and our listeners can declare themselves experts on that document as you try your hand at some questions about the Declaration of Independence.

1. Commonly used today as a synonym for "signature" is the name of which signer of the Declaration of Independence, whose signature is the largest of the 56 names on the document?
2. In July of 1848, the first Woman's Rights Convention was organized by – among others – Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. They modeled their Declaration of Sentiments after the Declaration of Independence. In what upstate New York village was this convention held? 
3. A rough draft of the Declaration is housed in the Library of Congress. The copy signed by Congress – known as the "engrossed" copy – is on display in the National Archives in what is called the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. What other two founding documents are displayed in this rotunda?
4. The Declaration of Independence plays a significant role in the the 2004 action film National Treasure. Which actor stars as Benjamin Franklin Gates, a historian and amateur cryptologist who tries to crack the coded map on the back of the Declaration?
5. Often believed to be a spelling error, what state's name was spelled above the list of signatories with a single N – as was the practice at the time – rather than the double-N spelling that was adopted some time later?

Extra Credit

1. After George Washington read the Declaration to his troops in New York City on July 7, 1776, a statue of whom was pulled down, and the lead used to make musket balls?
2. One of the three signatories from New Hampshire would later become governor of the state. What fictional president shares his name with this signatory (but spells his last name with one T at the end) and is, in the show, a direct descendant of the signatory?

This week's challenge

Start with the word DECLARATION. Change one letter to an M and you can rearrange the result to spell an eight-letter word and a three-letter word that each name a member of a particular Major League Baseball team. 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 answers, 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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Arts & Culture
7:19 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Any Questions #50

Time flies when you're having trivia: WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark their 50th show.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name of the explorer LEIF ERICSON. Change one letter to a D, then rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (five letters in the first word, six letters in the second) that names a person you might take a road trip with. Who is it?
Answer: If you change an I to a D, you can spell CLOSE FRIEND.

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Arts & Culture
7:29 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Any Questions #49

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel boldly go where no quiz segments have gone before: to the realm of exploration.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name ANSEL ADAMS. Add a letter, then rearrange the letters to spell the names of three things you might see in a photograph of a beach.
Answer: If you add a P, you can spell PALM, SAND, and SEA.

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Arts & Culture
9:35 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Any Questions #48

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel zoom in for a show about famous photos.

Last week's challenge
Think of two words that each name a unit of volume (one has six letters, the other has four). Change one letter to an R, then rearrange the result to name things that have lots of measurements on them. What are the units and what are the things?

Answer: The units are BUSHEL and PINT. If you change the H to an R, you can rearrange the letters to spell BLUEPRINTS.

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Arts & Culture
7:03 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Any Questions #47

The Harvard Bridge

Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel spends this week's show seeing how WAMC's Ian Pickus measures up.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase BLACK TIE. Rearrange these eight letters to spell two four-letter synonyms. What are they?
Answer: The synonyms are BEAT and LICK.

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Arts & Culture
8:38 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Any Questions? #46

Call it a Black Sabbath: WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have their darkest show yet.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name SAINT PAUL. Change one letter, then rearrange the result to spell the name of a famous ship. What is it?
Answer: If you change the P to an I, you can spell LUSITANIA.

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Arts & Culture
7:30 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Any Questions? #45

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel venture to the land of 10,000 trivia questions with a quiz about Minnesota.

Last week's challenge
Think of a 1960s number-one hit song whose title starts with the word LOVE. Rearrange the letters in the other two words in the title to spell something a band might record. What is the song and what is the thing?
Answer: The song is “LOVE ME DO,” and the thing is a DEMO.

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Arts & Culture
6:01 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Any Questions? #44

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel offer a serious, sobering look at pop music's famous love songs.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name LIANE HANSEN. Drop one letter, then rearrange the remaining 10 letters to spell two one-word movie titles. What are they? (As a hint, one movie is from the 1950s, and the other is from the 1970s.)
Answer: If you drop an N, you can spell SHANE and ALIEN.

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Arts & Culture
10:32 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Any Questions? #43

Liane Hansen with Mike Nothnagel

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome an actual professional to play this week: former Weekend Edition host Liane Hansen, who knows a little something about radio quizzes.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name JAMIE LEE CURTIS. Change one letter to a P, then rearrange the result to spell three beverages. What are they?
Answer: If you change the M to a P, you can spell ALE, JUICE, and SPRITE.

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Arts & Culture
7:32 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Any Questions? #42

NPH

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel spend three minutes wishing they had longer names.

Last week's challenge

Start with the phrase AIRSTRIP ONE. Rearrange these 11 letters to spell the name of a process you need to do to survive. What is it?

Answer: The process is RESPIRATION.

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Arts & Culture
2:42 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Any Questions? #41

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the publication of a George Orwell classic with another dystopian show.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name PAT BOONE. Change one letter to a C, then rearrange the result to spell two things many superheroes wear. What are they?
Answer: The things are a BOOT and a CAPE.

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