Any Questions?

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

Last week's challenge: Start with the words TROPHY and AWARD. Change one letter to a T (not the one that's already there) and you can rearrange the result to spell a three-word phrase (5, 1 ,5) for what you might do if you win an award. What is it?

Answer: If you change the D to a T, you can spell THROW A PARTY.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

On-air questions: Happy Independence Day! Today is July 4th, the day we commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Let's see if you and our listeners can declare themselves experts on that document as you try your hand at some questions about the Declaration of Independence.

1. Commonly used today as a synonym for "signature" is the name of which signer of the Declaration of Independence, whose signature is the largest of the 56 names on the document?
2. In July of 1848, the first Woman's Rights Convention was organized by – among others – Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. They modeled their Declaration of Sentiments after the Declaration of Independence. In what upstate New York village was this convention held? 
3. A rough draft of the Declaration is housed in the Library of Congress. The copy signed by Congress – known as the "engrossed" copy – is on display in the National Archives in what is called the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. What other two founding documents are displayed in this rotunda?
4. The Declaration of Independence plays a significant role in the the 2004 action film National Treasure. Which actor stars as Benjamin Franklin Gates, a historian and amateur cryptologist who tries to crack the coded map on the back of the Declaration?
5. Often believed to be a spelling error, what state's name was spelled above the list of signatories with a single N – as was the practice at the time – rather than the double-N spelling that was adopted some time later?

Extra Credit

1. After George Washington read the Declaration to his troops in New York City on July 7, 1776, a statue of whom was pulled down, and the lead used to make musket balls?
2. One of the three signatories from New Hampshire would later become governor of the state. What fictional president shares his name with this signatory (but spells his last name with one T at the end) and is, in the show, a direct descendant of the signatory?

This week's challenge

Start with the word DECLARATION. Change one letter to an M and you can rearrange the result to spell an eight-letter word and a three-letter word that each name a member of a particular Major League Baseball team. What are the words?
 

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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Fri February 21, 2014

Any Questions #130

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are speaking in a variety of tongues this week.

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Any Questions #128

The TARDIS from Dr. Who

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel deal in units of time this week.

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Fri January 31, 2014

Any Questions #127

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have fun at the movies this week.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase RED DELICIOUS. Change one letter to a P and you can spell a four-letter word that can precede APPLE, and two words that can follow APPLE (three letters in one word, five letters in the other), to make common two-word phrases. What are the words?
Answer: If you change the L to a P, you can spell SOUR, CIDER and PIE.

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Fri January 24, 2014

Any Questions #126

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel consider apples on this week's quiz.

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Fri January 17, 2014

Any Questions? #125

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a quiz about Norway.

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6:25 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Any Questions #124

Crack open some un-cola for this week's quiz.

Last week's challenge
Start with an eight-letter word beginning with M that names a nationality. Drop the last letter and the result will spell the first and last names of a famous TV and radio personality. What is the nationality and who is the personality?
Answer: The nationality is MOROCCAN, and the personality is MO ROCCA.

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6:25 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Any Questions #123

Jason English

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome guest player Jason English.

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6:25 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Any Questions? #122

Everything must go here on the last show of the year with WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Fri December 20, 2013

Any Questions? #121

Fire up the yule log: WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on Christmas movies.

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