Any Questions?

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

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. 

Last week's challenge

Start with the cereal brand GRAPE-NUTS. Change one letter to an L, then rearrange the result to spell the two-word name (six letters in the first word, three letters in the second) of a hand-held tool. What is it?

Answer: If you change the R to an L, you can spell STAPLE GUN.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: LET IT "B.E."

On-air questions: On April 18th, 1970, "Let It Be" by the Beatles was the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was the song's second week at number one, and was ousted the following week by "ABC" by the Jackson 5. This week, we'll "let it be" with a quiz in which each of the correct answers is a two-word phrase where the first word starts with B and the second starts with E.

1. Coined in 1969 by American mathematician Edward Lorenz, what term refers to the idea that a slight change in the initial conditions of a situation can result in dramatic differences later on?
2. What 2000 film set during the U.K. coal miners' strike in the mid-1980s tells the story of an 11-year-old aspiring ballet dancer, and was adapted into a musical that premiered in London's West End in 2005?
3. What NFL quarterback played most famously with the Cincinnati Bengals from 1984 to 1992, and currently holds a number of records among left-handed quarterbacks, including most touchdown passes and most passing yards?
4. In existence from the mid-4th century to the mid-15th century, and originally ruled by the emperor Constantine the Great, what name is now commonly used for the Greek-speaking continuation of the eastern half of the Roman Empire?
5. Appropriately, the patriotic blue Muppet named Sam – who often attempted to bring "dignity and class" to what he called the "low-brow" entertainment on The Muppet Show – is what species of bird?

Extra Credit

1. What longtime broadcaster interviewed Charles Osgood for his final interview on NPR's Morning Edition, almost 25 years after he interviewed Osgood for his first interview on that program?
2. What series of educational DVDs for preschool children found itself at the center of controversy when a 2007 study by the University of Washington suggested that watching such videos decreased the rate of children's language development?

This week's challenge

Start with a six-letter word beginning with L for a person who does menial jobs and errands. Add a B to the front of the word and an E to end, and you'll get a two-word phrase (five letters in the first word, three letters in the second) that names something you might get after a fight. Who is the person and what is the thing?

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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Any Questions?
5:58 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Any Questions? #24

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to stay within their element as they tackle the periodic table.

Last week's challenge

Start with the name of Al Pacino's 1999 film THE INSIDER. Rearrange the letters to name two five-letter films in which Pacino does not appear.

ANSWER: DINER and HEIST

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: THE ELEMENTS

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Any Questions?
1:51 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Any Questions? #23

Al Pacino

Albany, NY – Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel is on the hot seat once again this week, as WAMC's Ian Pickus makes him an offer he can't refuse: a quiz about Al Pacino.

Last week's challenge

Rearrange the nine letters in the word AMPERSAND to spell the name of something you can take, and what you might have while you're taking one. What are these things?

Answer: You can have DREAMS while taking a NAP.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: Al PACINO

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Any Questions?
7:09 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Any Questions? #22

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel fill in some blanks.

Last week's challenge
Think of a place associated with the White House (4 letters in the first word, 6 letters in the second). Drop the S from this name, and the remaining nine letters can be rearranged to spell the last names of two people who ran against each other for U.S. president. What is the place and who are the people?

Answer: The place is the ROSE GARDEN, and the people are GORE and NADER.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: _____ AND _____

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Any Questions?
7:54 am
Fri January 20, 2012

Any Questions? #21

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel undertake a presidential quiz to commemorate inauguration day, which usually falls on January 20th.

Last week's challenge

Take the name of a well-known person in the entertainment industry whose last name ends with a Z (7 letters in the first name, 4 letters in the second). Change the Z to an I, then rearrange the result to spell two forms of entertainment. What are they?

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Any Questions?
4:33 am
Fri January 13, 2012

Any Questions? #20

Will Shortz
Britannica

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome a special guest to play this week's show: NPR puzzlemaster and New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz, appropriately the first guest solver in Any Questions? history.

Last week's challenge

Begin with the word RESOLUTION. Add a letter, then rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (3 letters in the first word, 8 letters in the second) that names things someone might want to break free from in the new year. What are these things?

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Any Questions?
8:07 am
Fri January 6, 2012

Any Questions? #19

The \"new\" year is here

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the arrival of 2012 with a quiz about all things new.

Any Questions?
7:41 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Any Questions? #18

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel offer an Any Questions? clearance sale.

Last week's challenge
A customer pays for $13.59 worth of groceries with a $50 bill. The cashier counts out the change, then remarks, "Huh, that's interesting." The customer, upon receiving the change, replies, "You're right. That is interesting." So, what's so interesting?

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Any Questions?
7:29 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Any Questions? #17

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all about the Benjamins on this week's currency show.

Last week's challenge

Take the last name of a famous cartoon family. If you change the first letter to a W, you can rearrange the result to spell one of the nicknames for a place where many cartoons have been produced. What is the last name and what is the nickname?

Answer: The family's last name is FLINTSTONE, and the nickname is TINSELTOWN.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: U.S. CURRENCY

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Any Questions?
7:13 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Any Questions? #16

Milhouse will kick your butt...at Nintendo. Or Any Questions?, maybe.

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel get serious about cartoons.

Last week's challenge

Start with the phrase APPLE STORE. Rearrange these ten letters to spell two names you might see in a supermarket checkout line. What are they?

Answer: The names are STAR and PEOPLE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: CARTOONS

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Any Questions?
2:38 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Any Questions? #15

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel undertake a very un-P.C. quiz.

Last week's challenge
Take a seven-letter language term ending in M. Drop that M, then rearrange the remaining letters to spell something to write with. What is the term and what is the thing?

Answer: The term is ACRONYM, and the thing is a CRAYON.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: I'M A "MAC"

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