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 MADE A DECISION. Rearrange the letters to spell a four-letter word and a two-word phrase (five letters, four letters) that both name something you learn about in biology class. What are the things?

Answer: SEED and AMINO ACID.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: TRIVIA "LAND"

On-air questions: On July 13, 1923, the Hollywoodland sign was dedicated in Los Angeles, California. Originally used to advertise a new housing development, the letters in the sign were outlined with light bulbs and lit up in three sections. In 1949, when the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Los Angeles Parks Department contracted to rebuild the aging sign, the "land" part of the word was removed so the sign referred to the district and not the housing development. A 1978 campaign saw celebrities such as Gene Autry and Alice Cooper contribute funds to restore the sign. In honor of the Hollywoodland sign, this week each correct answer will be the name of a place whose name ends in "land".

1. While Newfoundland doesn't count – since the province is officially called Newfoundland and Labrador – there is a Canadian province whose name ends in "land". What is it?
2. Tootles, Nibs, and Curly are members of a group of children called the Lost Boys, who are described in a 1904 play – and a 1911 novel based on that play – as boys "who fall out of their prams when the nurse is looking the other way and if they are not claimed in seven days, they are sent far away to" what place?
3. Now featuring attractions such as Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear's Astro Blasters, and a Star Wars-themed motion simulator called Star Tours, what area of Disneyland was described upon its opening in 1955 by Walt Disney as "a step into the future, with predictions of constructed things to come"?
4. Under British rule from 1906 to 1968, the king of what African country announced earlier this year that the country would be changing its name to Eswatini to commemorate the 50th anniversary of its independence, and also partially to avoid confusion with a similarly-named European country?
5. The comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, the late-90s/early-2000s TV series The Drew Carey Show, and the 1989 film Major League (and its 1994 sequel) are all set in what U.S. city?

Extra credit
1. What country's second-largest airport is named for the capital city, while its largest airport is named for Keflavík, a city some 30 miles southwest of the capital?
2. By what name do we know the supercontinent that merged with Euramerica in the Carboniferous Period to form a larger supercontinent called Pangaea?

This week's challenge: Start with the words RHODE ISLAND. Change one letter to an O and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (four letters, seven letters) that names things you might grab on your way out of a room. 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. 

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Oct 21, 2016

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

Any Questions #268

Oct 14, 2016

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

Any Questions #267

Oct 7, 2016

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return for this week's edition of Any Questions?

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Sep 30, 2016

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

Any Questions #265

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.

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Sep 9, 2016

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

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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
The flad of Chad

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.

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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
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.

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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.

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