Any Questions?

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

Last week's challenge: Start with the phrase THE WIZARD. Change one letter to an N and you can rearrange the result to spell the first two words (5, 4) in a famous band's name. What are the words?

Answer: If you change the Z to an N, you can spell EARTH and WIND.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: FAMOUS DEVILS

On-air questions: On August 22, 1953, the infamous penal colony on Devil's Island was permanently closed. In use for just over 100 years, it's most famous for its use for internal exile of political prisoners, and a 1969 novel about a prisoner on Devil's Island was adapted into the 1973 Steve McQueen film Papillon. So, this week our quiz is about famous devils.

1. The Tasmanian Devil is a carnivorous marsupial thought to have migrated from South America tens of millions of years ago. They now exist in the wild only on the island of Tasmania, which is part of what country?
2. Founded in the late 1800s in Brooklyn, and later sold to various entities including Borden and Ralston Purina, what company made the chocolate snack cakes known as Devil Dogs, among others such as Ring Dings and Yodels?
3. On January 26, 2014, the New Jersey Devils played their first outdoor hockey game as part of the 2014 NHL Stadium Series. The game took place at Yankee Stadium and the Devils played, appropriately enough, what team?
4. The term "printer's devil" refers to an apprentice in a print shop, often responsible for tasks such as mixing ink or fetching type. The phrase was used as the title of a 1963 episode of what series, in which, spoiler alert, the apprentice hired by a failing newspaper is literally the devil?
5. The 1979 song "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by the Charlie Daniels Band tells the story of Johnny, who is challenged by the devil to a fiddle-playing contest. If the devil wins, he gets Johnny's soul. What prize is offered to Johnny if he wins?

Extra Credit

1. Featured as the opening track on the 1968 album Beggars Banquet, what Rolling Stones song has the subject of the song saying to the listener, "Pleased to meet you/Hope you guess my name"?
2. The Devil in the White City is a 2003 book based on real events that took place at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, more commonly known as the World's Fair, which took place in what Midwestern city?

This week's challenge

Start with the word DAREDEVILS. Rearrange the letters to spell a three-word phrase (five letters, one letter, four letters) for what people in the Iditarod do. 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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8:34 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Any Questions? #12

Albany, NY – Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus switch seats for a quiz about New Mexico.

Any Questions?
7:02 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Any Questions? #12

Albany, NY – Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus switch seats for a quiz about New Mexico.

Last week's challenge

Begin with the four-letter name of a drink. Add the consecutive letters XI (as in the Roman numeral for eleven) somewhere in that name, and you'll get an adjective describing something that might make you want a drink. What is the drink and what is the adjective?

Answer: The drink is TANG, and the adjective is TAXING.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: New Mexico

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7:43 am
Thu November 10, 2011

Any Questions? #11

This week's quiz goes to 11

Albany, NY – This week's quiz goes to 11 as WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate November 11, 2011 and the 11th installment of the show.

Last week's challenge

Take the nickname of an NFL team. Move the fifth letter to the second position, and the result will name things often seen on a football uniform. What is the team and what are the things?

Answer: The team is the New Orleans SAINTS, and following the directions will spell STAINS.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: THE NUMBER 11

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8:16 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Any Questions? #10

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus is relieved as resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel throws him a softball with a quiz about sports.

Last week's challenge

Think of a well-known landmark in England. Remove all the repeated letters from its name, and the remaining five letters can be rearranged to name something that some old buildings are reported to have. What is the landmark and what is the thing?

Answer: The landmark is STONEHENGE, and the non-repeated letters can be rearranged to spell GHOST.

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7:32 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Any Questions? #9

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark the 125th anniversary of the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty with a show about landmarks.

Last week's challenge

Start with the phrase NUMERICAL ORDER. Change one letter, then rearrange the result to get three words that can describe a number. What are they?

Answer: If you change the C to a P, you can rearrange the letters to spell ROUND, REAL, and PRIME.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: LANDMARKS

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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

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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?

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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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