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 SPRING AHEAD. Change one letter to an I and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (seven letters, four letters) that names things an audiologist might recommend. What are they?

Answer: If you change the P to an I, you can spell HEARING AIDS.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "BB"

On-air questions: On February 16, 1978, the first public dial-up computer bulletin board system was created. Called the CBBS and developed by Ward Christensen and Randy Suess during a Chicago blizzard, the system was designed, according to Christensen, to function similar to an actual corkboard bulletin board at his local computer club: users could dial the board's number, log in to the system, and read messages left by other users or leave messages of their own. It reportedly received some 250,000 calls before it was disconnected. To commemorate that first bulletin board, this week each correct answer will have the initials B.B.

1. In 1976, gymnast Nadia Comaneci scored the first perfect 10 in Olympics gymnastics history. She would score a total of seven perfect 10s at the 1976 Games: four on the uneven bars and three on what apparatus?
2. “We call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.” and “We shall all have to be judged according to our works, whether they be towards man or towards beast.” are quotes from an 1877 work by Anna Sewell, her only published novel. What is the title of Sewell’s novel?
3. In April of 1770, explorer James Cook made landfall along Australia's eastern coast, in a body of water he and other members of his expedition called Stingrays Harbour. In a journal entry written shortly after that landing, however, Cook writes that because of the "great quantity of plants" in the area, he ultimately decided to give what name to the body of water?
4. He was a frequent collaborator with lyricist Hal David, he has written 73 U.S. Top 40 hits, he has won two Academy Awards – one for “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head” and one for the theme to the film Arthur – and he starred as himself in all three Austin Powers movies. Who is he?
5. In a top-ten list of the most men’s singles matches won at Wimbledon, Roger Federer is number one, with 91 matches won. What two players are at numbers three and ten, winning 71 and 51 matches, respectively?

Extra credit

1. By what name do we know a group of medications that are commonly used to treat abnormal heart rhythms and other heart-related issues by preventing stress hormones (such as adrenaline) from binding to receptors in cells?
2. In 2015, comedian and author John Hodgman wrote a new narration for a series of performances by the Boston Pops of a work entitled The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, written by what English composer?

This week's challenge

Start with the phrase BULLETIN BOARD. Change one letter to a T and you can rearrange the result to spell a seven-letter word and a six-letter word (both starting with B) that each name something that you usually need a finger to use. 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. 

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Nov 18, 2016

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Nov 11, 2016

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Nov 4, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for their last show before Election Day.

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Oct 28, 2016

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Oct 21, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are "back" again.

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Oct 14, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for the last show before WAMC's Fall Fund Drive.

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Oct 7, 2016

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Sep 30, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel head back to the farm.

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Sep 23, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with this week's show.

Any Questions #264

Sep 16, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothangel spend a night at the opera.

Any Questions #263

Sep 9, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try out a new category.

Any Questions #262

Sep 2, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats to kick off the sixth season.

Any Questions #261

Aug 26, 2016
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel chad it up this week.

Any Questions #260

Aug 19, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for a show all about 500.

Any Questions #259

Aug 12, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to keep cool by switching seats.

Any Questions #258

Aug 5, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are hoping to pass with flying colors.

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
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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.

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