Any Questions?

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

Last week's challenge: Start with the phrase ONE-FIFTY. Change one letter to a J and you can rearrange the result to spell two four-letter men's names. What are they?

Answer: If you change the I to a J, you can spell JEFF and TONY.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: FIVE, THIRTY, OR EIGHT

On-air questions: It’s guest answerer time again! Walter Hickey is the lead lifestyle writer for ESPN's FiveThirtyEight, a site that uses data and statistics to cover the news. A proud resident of Jersey City, New Jersey, Hickey writes about entertainment, food, culture and other completely frivolous things. Since Walter works for FiveThirtyEight, we thought we'd find out just how much he knows about that number, or at least parts of it. Each correct answer this week will contain either FIVE, THIRTY, or EIGHT.

1. Nominated for five Academy Awards in 2013, including Best Picture and Best Actress for Jessica Chastain, what war movie was billed as "the story of history’s greatest manhunt for the world’s most dangerous man?"
2. Subtitled "The Children's Crusade", what novel tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, a soldier who was a prisoner of war in Dresden, Germany, randomly travels in time, and believes he was held captive in an alien zoo?
3. "It’s a metaphor for the future…the fact that we’re so close to something that’s not tangible" is how actor Jared Leto explains the name of the band for which he is the lead singer. What band is it?
4. Comprised of the majority and minority leaders from both the House and the Senate, along with the chairs and minority ranking members of the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, what colloquial term is used for the group that is briefed on classified intelligence matters?
5. Founded in 1986 and ranked first in the Best Burger category in the 2011 Zagat Fast Food Survey, what restaurant chain’s name is a reference to founder Jerry Murrell and his sons Ben, Chad, Matt, and Jim?

Extra Credit

1. Based on a 1963 book of the same name, what 1988 film directed by John Sayles and starring John Cusack dramatizes Major League Baseball’s Black Sox Scandal, in which members of the Chicago White Sox conspired to throw the 1919 World Series?
2. What rank was awarded to Omar Bradley upon his appointment as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to remedy the fact that his subordinate, Douglas MacArthur, would have outranked him?

This 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?
 

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?
2:11 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Any Questions? #8

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the World Series with a quiz about series.

Last week's challenge

Start with the two-word name of a U. S. city, where the first word is a color. If you change the fifth letter of the second word to a "D," you'll get a new word that names some colorful things. What is the city and what are the things?

Answer: The city is WHITE PLAINS (New York). Changing the N in PLAINS to a D spells PLAIDS.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: SERIES

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6:28 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Any Questions? #7

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate fall foliage season with a quiz about colors.

Last week's challenge

Start with the name of a recent U. S. senator. The first letter of the first name plus the first three letters of the last name, taken in order, spell a popular website. Who is the senator and what is the website?

Answer: The senator is EVAN BAYH, and taking the appropriate letters spells EBAY.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: COLORS

13 points per correct answer)

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Any Questions?
3:25 pm
Fri October 7, 2011

Any Questions? #6

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the birthday of legendary Albany mayor Erastus Corning with a show about politics and government.

Last week's challenge

Think of a 7-letter word containing the consecutive letters IS that means "to leave alone." Replace the IS with TO, and the result will spell a two-word phrase you might say to someone you're leaving behind. What is the word and what is the phrase?

Answer: The word is ISOLATE, which (after following the directions) becomes "TOO LATE!"

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11:43 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Any Questions? #5

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a stroll down SAT memory lane with a show about analogies.

Last week's challenge

Begin with the phrase "LITERARY HACK." Change one letter, then rearrange the result to spell the name of a famous Vermonter. Who is it?

Answer: If you change one of the Rs to a P, you can rearrange the letters to spell PATRICK LEAHY, the name of the current senior Senator from Vermont.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: ANALOGIES

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7:27 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Any Questions? #4

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the Green Mountain state during this week's show.

Last week's challenge

Take the two-word name of a current TV show where both of the words start with the same letter. Rearrange the letters of the second word, then insert them as a group into the first word. The result will spell an activity that takes place at the Culinary Institute of America. What is the show and what is the activity?

Answer: The show is BREAKING BAD.

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4:52 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Any Questions? #3

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel undertake an alliterative quiz.

Last week's challenge:

Think of a famous person with the initials "M.D." Drop those initials, then rearrange the remaining letters to spell the name of a cartoon character. Who is the person and who is the character?

Answer: The person is Matt Damon, and the character is Atom Ant.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: REPEATED INITIALS

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2:54 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Any Questions? #2

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark the end of summer with a labor-intensive show.

Last week's challenge

Start with the phrase SCIENCE LAB. Change one letter, then rearrange the result to name something a student might bring to class. What is this thing?
Answer: If you change the B to a P, you can rearrange the result to spell PENCIL CASE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: DOCTORS

On-air questions: Each correct answer contains the word DOCTOR. (13 points per correct answer)

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12:13 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Any Questions? #1

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and quizmaster Mike Nothnagel kick off WAMC's new quiz program by going back to school.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

On-air questions

1. In 1965, a popular beverage was developed by researchers at the University of Florida, at the request of its football coach. For 17 points, what beverage is it?

2. In 1927, a group of women's colleges became known as the Seven Sisters. Today, five of them remain women-only colleges. For 21 points, name any two of those five colleges.

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Any Questions?
3:16 pm
Tue March 15, 2011

Book Picks - Oblong Books

Albany, NY – Ian Pickus fills in for Joe Donahue as Suzanna Hermans is welcomed back to Studio A with this week's Book Picks.

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