Any Questions?

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

Last week's challenge: Name actor and musician Jack Black’s comedic band. Rearrange the letters in this band’s name and you can spell a 10-letter word for some things that are sought on college campuses. What are they?

Answer: The band is TENACIOUS D, and you can rearrange those letters to spell EDUCATIONS.
 

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY:  LEFTOVER QUESTIONS #4

On-air questions: It's the final Friday of the year, which means, once again, it's time for our annual Any Questions? clearance sale. This week, we'll empty out the trivia tote bags and use up some leftover questions from categories we did during 2014. As always, no refunds will be given as all sales are final.

1. [#128: Units of Time] What is the common name for the feast day celebrated by the Catholic Church on November 1st, and which was established after the number of martyrs became so large that a separate feast day couldn't be assigned to each one?
2. [#137: Breakfast Cereals] Beginning in 1971, General Mills introduced five cereals collectively referred to as the Monster Cereals. The group included Fruit Brute and Yummy Mummy. Name any two of the other three.
3. [#139: License Plates] In part to aid in identifying them in an emergency, all fifty states allow amateur radio operators to display what on their license plates instead of a standard-issue plate number?
4. [#150: 1864] Chronicling the travels of German professor Otto Lidenbrock, Journey to the Center of the Earth is an 1864 novel, and the third in a series of 54 novels called the Extraordinary Journeys, by what French author?  
5. [#164: Nobel Peace Prize] Since the Nobel Peace Prize was first given out in 1901, there have been 20 years in which it was not awarded. Nine of those years occurred between 1914 and 1918, and between 1939 and 1943, during what two events?

Extra Credit

1. [#133: Circles] "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end" is the opening line to "Circles," an essay by whom, published in 1841, the same year as the author's essay "Self-Reliance"?
2. [#158: Groups of Four] Broflovski, Marsh, and McCormick are the last names of three members of a famous foursome on television. What last name completes the group?

This week's challenge

Start with the two-word name of a show you hear on WAMC. Replace the initial consonant sound of the first word with a "sh" sound, and phonetically, you'll get the last name of a person you hear on WAMC. What is the show and who is the person?

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?
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.

Any Questions?
7:41 am
Thu December 29, 2011

Any Questions? #18

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel offer an Any Questions? clearance sale.

Last week's challenge
A customer pays for $13.59 worth of groceries with a $50 bill. The cashier counts out the change, then remarks, "Huh, that's interesting." The customer, upon receiving the change, replies, "You're right. That is interesting." So, what's so interesting?

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Any Questions?
7:29 am
Fri December 23, 2011

Any Questions? #17

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all about the Benjamins on this week's currency show.

Last week's challenge

Take the last name of a famous cartoon family. If you change the first letter to a W, you can rearrange the result to spell one of the nicknames for a place where many cartoons have been produced. What is the last name and what is the nickname?

Answer: The family's last name is FLINTSTONE, and the nickname is TINSELTOWN.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: U.S. CURRENCY

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Any Questions?
7:13 am
Fri December 16, 2011

Any Questions? #16

Milhouse will kick your butt...at Nintendo. Or Any Questions?, maybe.

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel get serious about cartoons.

Last week's challenge

Start with the phrase APPLE STORE. Rearrange these ten letters to spell two names you might see in a supermarket checkout line. What are they?

Answer: The names are STAR and PEOPLE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: CARTOONS

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Any Questions?
2:38 pm
Fri December 9, 2011

Any Questions? #15

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel undertake a very un-P.C. quiz.

Last week's challenge
Take a seven-letter language term ending in M. Drop that M, then rearrange the remaining letters to spell something to write with. What is the term and what is the thing?

Answer: The term is ACRONYM, and the thing is a CRAYON.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: I'M A "MAC"

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Any Questions?
7:38 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Any Questions? #14

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel open the book on a literary quiz.

Last week's challenge

Start with the six-letter name of a national corporation. The name begins with an A, and if you drop that A, you can rearrange the remaining letters to spell the name of a national store chain. What names are these?

Answer: The corporation is AMTRAK and the store chain is KMART.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: LITERATURE

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Any Questions?
7:02 am
Fri November 25, 2011

Any Questions? #13

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark Black Friday with a quiz about business.

Last week's challenge
The Gila monster is a venomous lizard found in the Southwest. Rearrange the letters in Gila monster to come up with a two-word phrase that describes Any Questions?'s audience. The first word has five letters. The second has six.
Answer: The phrase is SMART LEGION.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: BUSINESS

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Any Questions?
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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Any Questions?
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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