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 GOLDEN ARCHES. Change one letter to a T and you can rearrange the result to spell a six-letter word for a place to store things and a six-letter word for something you might find in that place. What are the words?

Answer: If you change the D to a T, you can spell CLOSET and HANGER.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: PROMISES

On-air questions: On this date in 2006, most of the 1994 Stanley Cup-winning New York Rangers were in attendance at Madison Square Garden as Mark Messier’s No. 11 was retired, the fourth player to receive the honor from the Blueshirts. Messier, who had two different stints with the Rangers, spent 25 years in the NHL, winning six Stanley Cups. In 1994, Messier told reporters the Rangers, trailing the Devils 3-2 in the Eastern Conference Final, would win that night, and he went on to score three goals in a 4-2 victory. In honor of Messier’s statement, today’s show is all about promises.

1. Sticking with sports: the most famous of all sports guarantees came on the eve of Super Bowl III, when Joe Namath said the Jets would win over Baltimore despite being an 18-point underdog. Namath was right, the Jets won 16-7…and they haven’t been back. It was one of 10 Super Bowls held up to now in what city, at venues such as The Orange Bowl, Sun Life Stadium and Dolphin Stadium?
2. The last incumbent president to lose reelection is remembered for going back on a promise made at the 1988 Republican National Convention: “Read my lips, no new taxes.” Who uttered these fateful — and perhaps quaint — words?
3. Speaking on CBS’ 60 Minutes on Nov. 13, 2016, then-President-elect Donald Trump said: “I'm going to do very restrained, if I use it at all, I'm going to do very restrained.” What was Trump referring to in that quote, which proved to be wildly untrue?
4. “I haven’t been touring for a long time and it’s been a painful decision whether to go back on the road ... but I’ve made a decision and this is the last show I’m gonna do.” So said what performer on Nov. 3, 1977 during a concert in London whose setlist included “Your Song,” “Bennie and the Jets” and “Candle in the Wind?”
5. “You’re gonna like the way you look. I guarantee it.” That was the commercial tagline for many years spoken by George Zimmer, the former CEO of which 1,200-store chain?

Extra credit

1. In what Twitter said was the most retweeted post of 2017, teenager Carter Wilkerson asked a fast food giant how many retweets he would need to receive free nuggets for a year. The reply was 18 million.  What was the chain, which is headquartered in Ohio and was founded in 1969?
2. “"I hereby state, and mean all that I say, that I never have been and never will be a candidate for President; that if nominated by either party, I should peremptorily decline; and even if unanimously elected I should decline to serve." That promise not to enter politics was made by what Civil War General, for whom similar denials have come to be named?

This week's challenge

Start with the names of Mark Messier’s other NHL teams: CANUCKS and OILERS. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a phrase that might describe what someone who cheated on a diet has done.

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 #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.

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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.

Any Questions #239

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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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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