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 THE INCREDIBLES. Change one letter to an A and you can rearrange the result to spell an eight-letter word for things an ear doctor might be concerned about, and a six-letter word for something an eye doctor might be concerned about. What are the things?

Answer: If you change the h to an a, you can rearrange the remaining letters to spell "decibels" and "retina."

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: FAMOUS MAYORS

On-air questions: Today is the anniversary of the opening of the now much-maligned LaGuardia Airport in New York City in 1939. To be precise, it was first called North Beach Airport, then New York Municipal Airport before being renamed for Fiorello LaGuardia in 1953. In honor of the 99th mayor of New York, who served three terms, today’s quiz is all about famous mayors.

1. This is a two-part question: Now a U.S. Senator, what author of a 2016 book of nonfiction called Our Revolution won his first office by a dozen votes in 1981 when he became the mayor of which city, Vermont’s largest?
2. Coming from a political family that has also held positions like White House Chief of Staff and Cook County Commissioner, what is the last name of the men who held the Chicago mayor’s office for more than 30 years combined since 1955?
3. Portrayed by Ashlee Temple in the 2008 Gus Van Zandt biopic Milk, now-U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein was the 38th mayor of what city from 1978-1988?
4. According to hacked emails posted by Wikileaks, Mayor Kasim Reed was on Hillary Clinton’s list of potential running mates. In April, Reed grew emotional when announcing that Delta Air Lines was signing a 20-year lease agreement to remain headquartered in what city?
5. After refusing to endorse New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection campaign, Mark Sokolich was allegedly punished with some “traffic problems” at the George Washington Bridge that snarled traffic for days in 2013. What city is Mark Sokolich mayor of?

Extra credit

1. On a recent family vacation to the Boston area, the long-running television show family The Simpsons learned of a nearby city known as the “er, ah” City of Mayors. What was the name of this city?
2. Widely reported as having purchased the last available burial plot in Manhattan, what former New York City mayor and Congressman was laid to rest at Trinity Cemetery in 2013 after dying at age 88?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase MAYOR DINKINS. Rearrange the letters and you can spell two types of milk you might find at the grocery store. 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. 

Any Questions #185

Mar 13, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats once again.

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Mar 6, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are heading west for this week's show.

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Feb 27, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are dressed to the nines....uh, 14s.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase POST OFFICE. Change one letter to an E and you can rearrange the result to spell the two-word name (6, 4) for things that you can probably find in most break rooms. What are they?
Answer: If you change the I to an E, you can spell COFFEE POTS.

Any Questions #182

Feb 20, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel send a different kind of audio postcard.

Any Questions #181

Feb 13, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to be good men.

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Feb 6, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on the 40th president.

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Jan 30, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go back to the before-and-after well.

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Jan 23, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are staying up past their bedtime this week.

Any Questions #177

Jan 16, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go to MIT the only way they can: vicariously.

Any Questions #176

Jan 9, 2015

Hold the phone. WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back.

Any Questions #175

Jan 2, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip around the map of names.

Any Questions #174

Dec 26, 2014

It's that time of year: the trivia clearance sale.

Any Questions #173

Dec 19, 2014

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

Any Questions #172

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.

Any Questions #171

Dec 5, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all about the bouillon.

Any Questions #170

Nov 28, 2014

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

Any Questions #169

Nov 21, 2014

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

Any Questions #168

Nov 14, 2014

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

Any Questions #167

Nov 7, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel hope like elephants, they never forget.

Any Questions #166

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.

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.

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Aug 22, 2014

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

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