Any Questions?

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

Last week's challenge: Start with the name of our special guest WALTER HICKEY. Change one letter to a C and you can spell a two-word phrase (seven letters, five letters) that names something a delusional person might need. What is it?

Answer: If you change the W to a C, you can spell REALITY CHECK.


On-air questions: On July 25, 1969, Neil Young played his first show with David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash at the Fillmore East in New York City. To commemorate this historic musical moment, this week I've brought a quiz about the members of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

1. After almost three years of secrecy and speculation, it was finally revealed in January of 2000 that David Crosby was the biological father to Bailey and Beckett, the children of what singer and her partner?  
2. In 1997, Stephen Stills became the first person to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice on the same night. One of his inductions was with Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the other was for his work in what band, of which Neil Young was also a member?
3. Besides being an accomplished musician, Graham Nash is also an avid collector of photographs. In 1990, he sold at auction his collection of 2000 prints, which set the record at the time for the highest grossing sale of a private photograph collection. Which New York auction house handled the sale?
4. In 1994, Neil Young was nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song. The song shares its title with the film it's featured in, and it lost the Oscar to a Bruce Springsteen song whose title has the film's title in it. What film was it?
5. Released only one month after the incident that inspired it, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young’s protest song "Ohio" was written in reaction to the tragedy at Kent State. What president is name-checked in the lyrics?

Extra Credit

1. At what famous event did Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young open their set by saying, "This is only the second time we've performed in front of people"?
2. On July 30, 2008, Crosby, Stills & Nash performed their song "Teach Your Children" on a late-night talk show, with the host taking Neil Young's part, while mockingly dressed as Young. On what show did this performance take place?

This week's challenge

Start with the names NASH and STILLS. Drop one letter, then rearrange the rest to spell a four-letter word for some tiny things, and a five-letter word that names things built by the tiny things. What are they?

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. 

Local Host(s): 
Mike Nothnagel and Ian Pickus


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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Any Questions?
9:59 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Any Questions? #31

Former Soul Coughing frontman and acclaimed solo artist Mike Doughty stopped by to play

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel say yes and also yes to having acclaimed musician Mike Doughty stop by the studio to play.

Last week's challenge

Take the name of an author commonly known by his first and middle initials. Drop the "e" from his name, then rearrange the result to name a type of character that frequently appears in his books. Who is the author and what is the type of character?

Answer: The author is A.A. MILNE, and the type of character is an ANIMAL.

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Any Questions?
7:14 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Any Questions? #30

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel somehow waited until the 30th week for their initial show.

Last week's challenge

Start with the phrase THE IDES OF MARCH. Drop one letter, then rearrange the remaining 13 letters to spell a place that baseball players want to get to, and a phrase describing how they might arrive there. What is the place and what is the phrase?

Answer: Baseball players want to get HOME, and they might get there HEAD FIRST.

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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.



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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.


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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.


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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

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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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.