Any Questions?

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

Last week's challenge: Start with the phrase PIRATE SHIP. Rearrange these letters to spell a three-letter word for a thing a pen has, and a seven-letter word that you might see on certain pens. What are the words?

Answer: The thing is a TIP, and the word is SHARPIE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: BELLS

On-air questions: On September 26, 1849, the physiologist Ivan Pavlov was born. Pavlov is famous for his experiments on the conditioned reflex, most notably the one in which he was able to make a dog salivate at the sound of a bell. Let's hope you don't drool all over the microphone during this quiz about bells.

1. Incorporated in 1983 as a homebrewing supply shop, the Kalamazoo Brewing Company changed its name in 2005 to Bell's Brewery, since that's what most people called it. In what state is Bell's Brewery headquartered?
2. Concerned about how their work would be judged if it was known they were women, a trio of sisters first used the pseudonyms Acton Bell, Currer Bell, and Ellis Bell on a book of poems they wrote together. What is the real last name of these three women?
3. The Bell Sports Complex (or Complexe Sportif Bell, in french) is located in Brossard, Quebec and has been, since 2008, the official practice facility of what sports team?
4. The Liberty Bell appears on the reverse of the Franklin half dollar, which was struck between 1948 and 1963, and features Benjamin Franklin on the obverse. The Franklin half dollar was replaced in 1964 with one featuring what president on the obverse?
5. "Every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel's just got his wings" is a line said by Clarence to George Bailey in what classic 1946 film?

Extra Credit

1. The opening piano solo on Mike Oldfield's 1973 album Tubular Bells was used in the soundtrack to what classic horror film released that same year?
2. Edgar Allan Poe's 1849 poem "The Bells" was likely inspired by the bells of the church on the campus of what Bronx university, which was only a few blocks from Poe's house?

This week's challenge

Start with the phrase TACO BELL. Change one letter to an F and you can rearrange the result to spell the two-word name (4, 4) of something you might see on a piece of sheet music. 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 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
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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Arts & Culture
7:20 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Any Questions? #40

June 1 is many things, but most importantly, it's the birthday of resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, who takes a break from the confetti cake to play this week's show with WAMC's Ian Pickus.

LAST WEEK'S CHALLENGE: Think of a six-letter word that names a person you'd be happy to see if you were lost in the woods. Add ST to the beginning, and you'll get a new word that names a person you probably wouldn't be happy to see if you were lost in the woods. Who are the people?
Answer: The people are a RANGER and a STRANGER.

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Arts & Culture
7:10 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Any Questions? #39

Can we keep him? Can we?

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have finally copped to their holier-than-though attitude with this week's show.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase OLD PEOPLE. Using only the letters in those words, but not all of them, you can spell the name shared by 13 people who also shared a job. What is the name and what is the job?
Answer: Following the directions, you can spell LEO, the name of 13 people who were POPE. Bonus fact: Pope XIII was the oldest pope.

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Arts & Culture
7:04 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Any Questions? #38

The ghost of George Burns looks down on this week's show

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about accomplished elders.

Last week's challenge

Take the five-letter name of a famous computer. If you read it backwards, you'll get the last name of a famous actor. What is the computer and who is the actor?

ANSWER: The famous computer is ENIAC, and the actor is Michael CAINE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: OLD AGE AND SUCCESSFUL ELDERS

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Arts & Culture
7:16 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Any Questions? #37

How meta is this? You've logged on to our website to hear a quiz about famous computers. Also: a wormhole just opened up.

Last week's challenge
Think of a seven-letter word for an area often seen adjacent to a racetrack. Change the middle letter to an L, and the result will name something often used to keep an area secure. What is the area and what is the thing?
Answer: The area is a PADDOCK, and the thing is a PADLOCK.

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Arts & Culture
7:30 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Any Questions? #36

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have mixed some mint juleps and studied the lyrics of "My Old Kentucky Home" in anticipation of this week's show, an ode to the Kentucky Derby and horse racing.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name "Babe Ruth." Change one letter to an "s", then rearrange the result to spell a thing and a person, both of which you might see at a ballpark. What are they?
Answer: The thing is a BAT and the person is an USHER.

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Arts & Culture
10:53 am
Fri April 27, 2012

Any Questions? #35

Last week's challenge
Think of an 11-letter adjective beginning with U that describes a person who isn't getting all that he or she needs. Drop the first R from this word, and you'll get another adjective that describes something given to a person who shouldn't be getting it. What are these adjectives?
Answer: The adjectives are UNDERSERVED and UNDESERVED.

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Arts & Culture
9:45 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Any Questions? #34

Fenway turns 100

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark a special anniversary with a show about Boston.

Last week's challenge
Think of two words that are each used to mark the first space on a game board. Add an E, then rearrange the letters to spell the eight-letter name of a popular board game. What are the words, and what is the game?
Answer: The words are START and GO, and if you follow the directions, you can spell STRATEGO.

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Arts & Culture
11:19 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Any Questions? #33

It's a trap!

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel roll the dice and pass go en route to a show about board games.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase SEDER PLATE. Rearrange these ten letters to spell two things you can do to a bicycle. What are they?
Answer: You can PEDAL and STEER a bicycle.

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Arts & Culture
11:53 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Any Questions? #32

Why is this episode different from all other episodes?

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel slave through a pyramid of questions to celebrate Passover.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase QUESTION JAR. Rearrange these eleven letters to spell a word that follows the word "hip" in a familiar two-word phrase, and another word that means, in a way, the opposite of "hip." What are the words?
Answer: The words are JOINT and SQUARE.

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