Any Questions?

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

Last week's challenge: Start with a six-letter word for a person who might make an article of clothing. Remove the consecutive letters VE from that word, and what's left will spell what you might do with that article of clothing. What are the words?

Answer: The person is a WEAVER, and you might WEAR it.


On-air questions: Today, May 15, 2015, was National Bike To Work Day. Celebrated on the third Friday of May (which is National Bike Month), the day was created in 1956 by the League of American Bicyclists, and is celebrated each year in cities across the country. (It's a major event each year in San Francisco, where the mayor joins in by commuting by bicycle to City Hall.) To commemorate National Bike To Work Day, this week our quiz is about bicycles.

1. "Daisy Bell" (subtitled "A Bicycle Built For Two") was the song that an IBM computer at Bell Labs was programmed to "sing" in 1961, widely considered the first demonstration of computer-synthesized speech. This event was referenced in what 1968 novel (and 1968 film based on that novel) when HAL, the on-board computer begins to sing it as he is deactivated?
2. Bicycle Diaries, a 2009 book written as a series of journal entries, follows the author as he makes observations while he rides his bicycle through various cities around the world. The book was written by what musician, who three years later published How Music Works, a book which includes an album-by-album look at his band Talking Heads?
3. Although the name was likely not in common use until the style was almost obsolete, the bicycle style known as a "penny-farthing" was so-called because the wheels resembled, relatively speaking, two denominations of British coins. What is the most distinctive feature of a penny-farthing bicycle?
4. The United States Playing Card Company, manufacturer of Bicycle playing cards, provided to soldiers in the Vietnam War decks that consisted entirely of what card, which the U.S. soldiers mistakenly thought the Viet Cong considered a symbol of death, and would therefore flee from if they saw it?
5. "A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle" is a slogan that has been used by feminists since the 1970s. It was actually coined by Australian writer Irina Dunn, but it has frequently been misattributed to what feminist icon and Ms. magazine founder?

Extra Credit

1. As a result of Lance Armstrong being stripped of his seven titles from 1999 to 2005, who is now the only American cyclist who has officially won the Tour de France, doing so in 1986, 1989, and 1990?
2. Favored by advocates who argue it increases cycling safety by putting focus on safe right-of-way practices, the so-called "Idaho stop" law allows cyclists on roads to treat red lights as stop signs and stop signs as what traffic signal?

This week's challenge

Start with the word HANDLEBARS. Rearrange the letters to spell a six-letter word for what concrete does, and a four-letter word for what you get after it does it. 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. 

Any Questions #174

Dec 26, 2014

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Dec 19, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about people with colors in their names.

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Dec 12, 2014

If you can see through the smoke and scotch fumes, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have a quiz about the Rat Pack.

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Dec 5, 2014

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Nov 28, 2014

Pass the trivia: it's time for a turkey show for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Nov 21, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel put it in gear for this week's show.

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Nov 14, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch sides for another journey to the center of the trivia earth.

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Nov 7, 2014

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Oct 31, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a break from fun size candy bars and popcorn balls for a tangentially Halloween-themed quiz.

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Oct 24, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the World Series with a show about other series.