Any Questions?

Friday at 6:25 p.m. on Northeast Report Late Edition
  • Hosted by Ian Pickus
  • Local Host Mike Nothnagel and Ian Pickus

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 outlets. Often, Mike and Ian switch seats or feature guest answerers, such as Will Shortz, Liane Hansen, John Flansburgh and Mike Doughty. Any Questions? airs Friday during Northeast Report Late Edition on WAMC.

Last week's challenge: Start with the words MYERS and WORTH. Change one letter to an A and you can rearrange the letters to spell the ten-letter name of a college. What is it?

Answer: If you change the Y, you can spell SWARTHMORE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: SPACE TRAVEL ON FILM

On-air questions: On June 21, 1969, at 2:56 Coordinated Universal Time, still 10:56 p.m. on the East Coast on July 20th, Neil Armstrong took his famous one giant leap, becoming the first human to walk on the moon. It was the first of six visits by American astronauts to the moon, following a decade of the space race. Space and space travel have been fodder for filmmakers for decades, so today’s show is all about space movies.

1. A 1959 film starring Vampira and Bela Lugosi, among others, centers on aliens who fear earthlings trying create a doomsday weapon that would destroy the universe. The aliens concoct a scheme to resurrect the dead to stop the weapon. What is the name of this scheme, which appears in the film’s title?
2. Writing on Twitter in 2015, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson was taking issue with the “inanity” of what new film for repeating the claim that the Millennium Falcon made the Kessel Run in under 12 parsecs, noting that a “parsec is an obscure unit of distance…equal to 3.26 light years. Neither has anything to do with time.” ?
3. The 2014 film Interstellar, which features Matthew McConaughey as a reluctant NASA pilot and gave birth to a much-memed scene of McConaughey crying while watching a screen, was the third movie by its director that starts with “In,” following Inception and Insomnia. What is the name of this director, whose other films include a Batman trilogy and the 2017 World War II movie Dunkirk?
4. The 2009 film Moon stars Sam Rockwell as a solitary astronaut on the verge of a breakdown and features Kevin Spacey as the voice of the robot GERTY. It was directed by Duncan Jones, the son of which rock star, who had hits with space-themed songs like Space Oddity and Starman?
5. What is the one-word title of the 2013 film that garnered Sandra Bullock, who had previously won for The Blind Side, her second Academy Award nomination for Best Actress — one of 10 nominations the film received that year?

Extra credit

1. What is the title code name adopted for the mission that makes up the plot of a 2016 prequel, directed by Gareth Edwards, to a 1977 blockbuster?
2. “I’m going to have to science the s--- out of this” is a line uttered by Matt Damon as Mark Watney what 2015 film based on a 2011 Andy Weir novel?

This week's challenge
Start with the term SPACE SHUTTLE. Rearrange the letters and you can spell an eight-letter group of people and a four-letter kind of equipment that group might use. Hint: Both words are plural.

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 outlets. Often, Mike and Ian switch seats or feature guest answerers, 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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May 27, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try not to be a boar.

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May 20, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats so Mike can get the aisle seat.

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May 13, 2016

It's a superstitious show for resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus.

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May 6, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are off to France for this week's show.

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Apr 29, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats at the wedding reception.

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Apr 22, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel hold a "spelling" bee.

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Apr 15, 2016
Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate No. 42 with a show about Jackie Robinson.

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Apr 8, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats to take care of business.

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Apr 1, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all "four" one on this week's show.

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Mar 25, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have a good Friday on Good Friday.

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Mar 18, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go back to the Wells.

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Mar 11, 2016
Haight Ashbury
Haight Ashbury

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a Friday stroll.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase SOUTH POLE. Change one letter to an R and you can rearrange the result to spell a word that names things explorers might look through. What are they?
Answer: Change the U to and R and you can spell PORTHOLES.

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Mar 4, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to stay perfect this week.

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Feb 26, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel head into the wilderness for this week's show.

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Feb 19, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to eclipse themselves.

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Feb 12, 2016

 

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel make that hotline bling.

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Feb 5, 2016

Is your spider-sense tingling? It's time again for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Jan 29, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are two of a kind, but their show this week comes in threes.

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Jan 22, 2016
DJ Jazzy Jeff
DJ Jazzy Jeff

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch sides for a quiz that'll make you think about "Summertime."

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Jan 15, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel stick to the rules this week.

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Jan 11, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel turn it down to zero.

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Jan 1, 2016

 

For WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, it must have been the roses.

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Dec 25, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate an annual tradition on the show: clearance.

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Dec 18, 2015

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

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Dec 11, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel rate this week's show NC-17.

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Dec 4, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are out to prove this wasn't all a flash in the pan.

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Nov 27, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel salute this Black Friday show.

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Nov 20, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about classic books they may or may not have read.

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Nov 13, 2015

It's all about the Montgomerys on this week's show.

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Nov 6, 2015

It's a birthday dirge today as resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus switch seats.

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