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 phrase SAW DOUBLE. Change one letter to an F and you can rearrange the result to spell a three-word phrase (four letters, one letter, four letters) for what you might do if you use too much electricity. What is the phrase?

Answer: If you change the D to an F, you can spell BLOW A FUSE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "AC" AND "LU"

On-air questions: On January 20, 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union was founded. Formed by the directors of an organization called the National Civil Liberties Bureau – whose focus was primarily on freedom of speech issues and supporting conscientious objectors during World War I – the ACLU continued the freedom of speech work done by its predecessor, but concentrated on issues within the labor movement. Over the decades, the ACLU has been involved with a wide range of civil liberties issues, including Native American rights, separation of church and state, and anti-war activism. To commemorate the ACLU's founding, each correct answer this week will start with either the letters AC or LU.

1. Created in 1962 when an employee of General Mills had the idea to combine Cheerios with bits of Circus Peanuts candy, what product originally had four different colored marshmallows, and over the years has featured such shapes as pine trees, whales, and hourglasses?
2. While its first use in a metaphorical sense dates to an 1840 story by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, what phrase comes from Greek mythology, where it refers to the one place on a young child the waters of the River Styx – which would supposedly bestow invulnerability – did not touch when his mother dipped him in the river?
3. Recorded in 1968 and originally released on a 1969 benefit album titled No One's Gonna Change Our World, released to support the World Wildlife Fund, what Beatles song later appeared on the Let It Be album, and was used as the title for a 2007 film whose plot borrows heavily from compositions by the group?
4. What superhero first appeared in 1972 at the height of the Blaxploitation genre, gained superhuman strength and unbreakable skin after being subjected to an experimental procedure, and is portrayed by actor Mike Colter in two Netflix original series, Jessica Jones and one named after the character?
5. On a Monopoly board, what space sits between Park Place and Boardwalk and forces a player who lands on it to pay $75 to the bank (at least in the classic edition of the game)?

Extra credit

1. What organic compound, known scientifically as ethanoic acid, derives its common name from the Latin word for vinegar, which is approximately 3 percent to 9 percent of the compound by volume?
2. What actress became, in 2014, the first Kenyan actress to win an Academy Award, earning the honor for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film 12 Years a Slave?

This week's challenge
Start with the words LIBERTY and RIGHT. Rearrange the letters to spell two six-letter words: an animal and a number. 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 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. 

Any Questions #222

Nov 27, 2015

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

Any Questions #221

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.

Any Questions #220

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.

Any Questions #218

Oct 30, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return to an annual October tradition: the series.

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Oct 23, 2015

Listen up! Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel is back.

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Oct 16, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are blushing red this week.

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Oct 9, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have a case of the Thursdays.

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Oct 2, 2015

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

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Sep 25, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel learn what supervocalics are.

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Sep 18, 2015

Pucker up! Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel is back.

Any Questions #211

Sep 11, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a quiz all about Baghdad by the Bay.

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Sep 4, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel prove that they can count to five.

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Aug 28, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel will be right back.

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Aug 21, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel dust off their calculators.

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Aug 14, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for their campiest show yet.

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Aug 7, 2015

This week's show is set in stone for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Jul 31, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel look to the skies.

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Jul 24, 2015

Load up the van for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Jul 17, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch sides and take to the seas with their headphones on.

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Jul 10, 2015

It's all monkey business for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Jul 3, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take stock of their first 200 shows with No. 201.

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Jun 26, 2015
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark 200 shows with a special guest.

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Jun 19, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark Juneteenth by switching sides.

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Jun 12, 2015

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

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Jun 5, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are entering marshall law.

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May 29, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are marking a milestone birthday.

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May 22, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to find their way out of this week's show.

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May 15, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are taking a tandem ride.

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May 8, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are very excited for this week's show.

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