Any Questions?

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

Last week's challenge: Start with the phrase GOLD RUSH Change one letter to a T and you can rearrange the result to spell a word that names things that, unfortunately, California has had many of over the years. What are they?

Answer: If you change the Y to an M, you can spell MODEL TRUCK.
 

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY:  THE RAT PACK

On-air questions: December 12 is the birthday of one Mr. Frank Sinatra. Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, in 1915, Sinatra was one of the leaders of the most famous group of performers known as the Rat Pack, so let's have a quiz about the five members of the Rat Pack.

1. Frank Sinatra received a best actor nomination in 1955, two years after winning Best Supporting Actor for From Here To Eternity. Also in 1955, Sinatra starred as Nathan Detroit in the film version of what Broadway musical about professional gamblers in the 1940s?
2. Peter Lawford was the only foreign-born member of the rat pack. Born in England, Lawford became an American citizen in April of 1960, an event he timed so he could cast a vote for his brother-in-law in the upcoming presidential election. Who, at the time, was Lawford's brother-in-law?
3. Among his many forays into television, Joey Bishop starred in a sitcom in which he played a talk show host, and later hosted his own late-night talk show. He also guest hosted what talk show 175 times, which was more than anyone else, until Joan Rivers and Jay Leno later surpassed him?
4. Originally an instrumental, the theme song for the 1970s detective series Baretta later featured lyrics sung by Sammy Davis, Jr. Officially titled "Baretta's Theme," the song is subtitled "Keep Your Eye On The" what species of bird?
5. One of the most profitable years of the annual Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Telethon was when Dean Martin was brought out on state to publicly reconcile with what former comedy partner?

Extra Credit

1. What star of the 2001 remake of Ocean’s Eleven won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Sammy Davis, Jr., in the 1998 HBO TV movie The Rat Pack?
2. In what 1981 film did Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., appear together, later joined by Frank Sinatra in the 1984 sequel for what was the final feature film appearances by Martin and Sinatra?

This week's challenge

Start with the phrase RAT PACK. Change one letter to an O and you can rearrange the result to spell the two-word name (three letters, four letters) of something you might have hanging in your kitchen. 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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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