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 TREASURY and STATE. Change one letter to an S and you can rearrange the result to spell a five-letter word for what a brave person does and an eight-letter word for what a not-so-brave person does. What are the words?

Answer: If you change the U to an S, you can spell STAYS and RETREATS.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: FAMOUS PENNYS

On-air questions: On September 22, 2008, four new designs for the reverse of the U.S. one-cent coin were unveiled in a ceremony held, appropriately enough, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The four designs used on the coins represent the four stages of Lincoln's life: his early childhood in Kentucky, his time in Indiana, his political life in Illinois, and his presidency. The coins featuring the designs were released one at a time at three-month intervals starting on February 12, 2009, Lincoln's 200th birthday. To commemorate the coins, this week our questions are about famous Pennys.

1. Who directed four episodes of the sitcom Laverne & Shirley between 1979 and 1981, appeared as herself in a 1983 episode of Taxi, and made her feature-film directing debut with 1986's Jumpin' Jack Flash?
2. Portrayed by actress Michelle Trachtenberg in a 1999 live-action film based on the original cartoon, Penny is the niece of what bumbling policeman, frequently credited with foiling the evil schemes of Dr. Claw, even though it is usually Penny and her dog Brain that actually save the day?
3. What two-word term, which references both the cheap price of the books and their focus on stories about criminals and other seedy topics, was first applied to a specific genre of literature originating in Victorian Britain, but was subsequently more broadly applied to any such inexpensive publication of sensational serialized fiction?
4. Penny Pritzker served as the 38th Secretary of Commerce, serving from June of 2013 through January of 2017. Since 1979, her family has funded -- and lent its name to – an annual prize to an individual whose work has "produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of" what field?
5. According to a 1967 song, what road has "a barber showing photographs", "a banker with a motorcar", "a fireman with an hourglass", and is in the singer's ears and eyes, "beneath the blue suburban skies"?

Extra credit

1. Penny, whose last name has never been revealed, is the across-the-hall neighbor of two people with the last named Cooper and Hofstadter on what sitcom?
2. In 2006, pitcher Brad Penny joined a group of Major League Baseball pitchers who, because of the so-called "uncaught third strike" rule, have struck out four pitchers in one inning. Penny was the winning pitcher in two games of the 2003 World Series and won a ring with what team?

This week's challenge

Start with the phrase PENNY-FARTHING. Change one letter to an A (not the one that's already there) and you can rearrange the result to spell the two-word name of something used for cooking and a four-letter word for something you need while you're using that thing. What are they?

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 #257

Jul 29, 2016

It's weekly quiz time for the Pickus-Nothnagel clan.

Any Questions #256

Jul 25, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to short-circuit this week's show.

Any Questions #255

Jul 15, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on cable news this week.

Any Questions #254

Jul 8, 2016
Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal / Wall Street Journal

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothangel switch seats for a show about the media.

Any Questions #253

Jul 1, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are too clever by half.

Any Questions #252

Jun 24, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return with a St. John-themed show.

Any Questions #251

Jun 17, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try cool off with a quiz about ice.

Any Questions #250

Jun 10, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel bring their "A" game.

Any Questions #249

Jun 3, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel look for joy in Mudville.

Any Questions #248

May 27, 2016

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

Any Questions #247

May 20, 2016

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

Any Questions #246

May 13, 2016

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

Any Questions #245

May 6, 2016

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

Any Questions #244

Apr 29, 2016

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

Any Questions #243

Apr 22, 2016

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

Any Questions #242

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.

Any Questions #241

Apr 8, 2016

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

Any Questions #240

Apr 1, 2016

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

Any Questions #239

Mar 25, 2016

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

Any Questions #238

Mar 18, 2016

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

Any Questions #237

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.

Any Questions #235

Feb 26, 2016

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

Any Questions #234

Feb 19, 2016

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

Any Questions #233

Feb 12, 2016

 

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

Any Questions #232

Feb 5, 2016

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

Any Questions #231

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.

Any Questions #230

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."

Any Questions #229

Jan 15, 2016

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

Any Questions #228

Jan 11, 2016

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

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