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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?
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.