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 the phrase COPY EDITORS. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a five-letter genre of music and a six-letter type of literature. What are the words?

Answer: DISCO and POETRY.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: M, S, N, B, C

On-air questions: On July 15, 1996: a new network called MSNBC debuted. At its inception, it provided news coverage, interviews, and opinion. Over time, it shifted its focus to politics, but kept many of the opinion-cased shows. In 2015, it revitalized its focus on news, replacing many daytime talk shows with news programming. To commemorate MSNBC's founding, this week we'll have a quiz about the letters M, S, N, B, and C.

1. Beginning with 1995's GoldenEye, the character known as M, who is the head of the Secret Intelligence Service – also known as MI6 – was played by Judi Dench. In the two most recent Bond films (2012’s Skyfall and 2015’s Spectre) the role was taken over by what actor?
2. In 2013, author Doug Dorst published S., a novel-within-a-novel about a work by a mysterious author and two college students who attempt to figure out his identity as they trade a copy of the author’s work back and forth. The novel was co-conceived by who, also the director of two Star Trek films and the most recent Star Wars film?
3. The most commonly-used chess notation (and the only one that is recognized by the World Chess Federation) identifies the squares on the board by a lowercase letter and a number. It also assigns a capital letter to each piece. Which piece, the only one that can jump over other pieces, is identified by the capital letter N?
4. Focusing on entertainment and sports news, b was a newspaper published from 2008 to 2015, and targeted at more casual readers between 18 and 35 years old. The paper was published as a companion to the Sun, the daily newspaper of what East Coast city, whose name also starts with B?
5. The letter C is used as the unit for degrees Celsius, named after Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius. What other word beginning with C is also used to refer to this scale, referencing the fact that there are 100 degrees on the scale between the freezing and boiling points of water?

Extra credit

1. Of the letters M, S, N, B, and C, which is the only one that is not used as a one-letter symbol for a chemical element?
2. Of the letters M, S, N, B, and C, which is the only one that does not appear as the only letter on the cap of a current Major League Baseball team?

This week's challenge
Start with the letters MSNBC. Add four vowels and you can rearrange the result spell a two-word phrase (five letters, four letters) for something that makes a loud noise. What is it?

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 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 #165

Oct 24, 2014

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

Any Questions #164

Oct 17, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to mask their Nobel envy.

Any Questions #163

Oct 10, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate a crucial part of WAMC fund drives: the volunteers.

Any Questions #162

Oct 3, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots this week for a show about the O.J. Simpson trial.

Any Questions #161

Sep 26, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have been training for this show for 160 weeks.

Any Questions #160

Sep 19, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Any Questions #159

Sep 12, 2014
Wordplay

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome a special guest player to the show.

Any Questions #158

Sep 5, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the start of season four.

Any Questions #157

Aug 29, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quick trivia battle.

Any Questions #156

Aug 22, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to score a 666 out of 5.

Any Questions #155

Aug 15, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothangel cast a spell over radioland.

Any Questions #154

Aug 8, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel dig out the Casey Jones and April O'Neil action figures on this national holiday.

Any Questions #153

Aug 1, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about Music Television.

Any Questions #152

Jul 25, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel dust off the turntable for a visit to Laurel Canyon.

Any Questions #151

Jul 18, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are joined by special guest player Walter Hickey of FiveThirtyEight.

Any Questions #150

Jul 11, 2014

To celebrate show No. 150, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel head 150 years back in time.

Any Questions #149

Jul 4, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a break from the poolside grill for a show about the Declaration.

Any Questions #148

Jun 27, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a tour of awards.

Any Questions #147

Jun 20, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel spend this week at the movies.

Last week's challenge
Start with a key two-word phrase heard in many television recitations of the Miranda rights. Rearrange the letters in these two words and you can name a six-letter member of the military and a six-letter action that person has taken. What are the words?
Answer: REMAIN SILENT, MARINE ENLIST

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Jun 13, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about television police.

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Jun 6, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip to space.

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May 30, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are dressed to the, uh, twelves for this week's show.

Any Questions #143

May 23, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel spend a few minutes on one name.

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May 16, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a ride to Virginia.

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May 9, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about the Department of Justice.

Any Questions #140

May 2, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip to Oklahoma.

Any Questions #139

Apr 25, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and back in place for the weekly quiz.

Any Questions #138

Apr 18, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel be in the studio once again this week.

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Apr 11, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have breakfast for dinner.

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Apr 4, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a tour through the NATO alphabet.

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