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 word COMBINATION. Drop one letter and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (two letters, eight letters) for what a lazy person has. What is the phrase?

Answer: If you drop a C, you can spell NO AMBITION.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: PERFECT GAMES

On-air questions: On this date in 1907, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ed Karger pitched a perfect game against the Boston Doves, a 3-0 victory in St. Louis. But…..it was the second game of a doubleheader and was scheduled for only seven innings, so it is not officially recognized by major league baseball as one of the sports 23 perfect games (as of this show). Karger would eventually finish his six-year career with the Boston Red Sox. In honor of the perfect game that wasn’t, today’s show is all about other perfect games.

1. On Yogi Berra Day in 1999, which marked the Yankees Hall of Fame catcher’s first visit back to the stadium after he was fired as manager 14 years earlier. On that day, Yankees pitcher David Cone threw an 88-pitch perfect game against Montreal. In attendance was retired pitcher Don Larsen, the only player in the sport’s history to pitch a perfect game when?
2. The 2009 film The Perfect Game is based on the 1957 Little League World Series — the first to be won by a non-U.S. team, the Monterrey, Mexico Industrial Little League. The film’s title comes from the fact that pitcher Angel Macias threw the tournament’s first and only perfect game in the championship game to seal the win. That title game took place in the “birthplace of Little League” in Williamsport in what state?
3. Then-Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly summed up Randy Johnson’s 2004 perfect game against the Atlanta Braves by saying it was “one of those nights where a superior athlete was on top of his game.” In addition to tossing one of just 23 perfectos in baseball history, Johnson is also one of the game’s tallest pitchers ever. At 6-foot-10, Johnson is three inches taller than what current Yankees right field sensation?
4. On July 28, 1994, Texas Rangers lefthander Kenny Rogers needed 98 pitches to toss a perfect game against the California Angels. The Rangers were paced offensively by home runs from Jose Canseco and Ivan Rodriguez, who joined the Hall of Fame last month. But Rogers pitched only two more times that summer, including a loss on August 7th. Why?
5. Only two teams have had three perfect games in their history: the Yankees and the Chicago White Sox. Only two teams have had three perfect games thrown against them, the Dodgers and what 1998 expansion team, which became the second major league franchise in Florida?

Extra credit

1. The 1994 film The Scout ends with pitcher Steve Nebraska, played by Brendan Fraser, throwing a perfect game — on all strikeouts for the Yankees. The scout in the title is played by what actor, who was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 1988’s Broadcast News?
2. The highlight of Dallas Braden’s five-year career all spent with the same team was a 2010 perfect game. Braden played Little League baseball about 70 miles to the east in Stockton, Calif. With what big league team did he throw his perfect game?

This week's challenge
Start with the word "no-hitters." Rearrange the letters and you can spell a six-letter noun and a three-letter verb you do on the noun. 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 #221

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.

Any Questions #220

Nov 13, 2015

It's all about the Montgomerys on this week's show.

Any Questions #219

Nov 6, 2015

It's a birthday dirge today as resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus switch seats.

Any Questions #218

Oct 30, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return to an annual October tradition: the series.

Any Questions #217

Oct 23, 2015

Listen up! Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel is back.

Any Questions #216

Oct 16, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are blushing red this week.

Any Questions #215

Oct 9, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have a case of the Thursdays.

Any Questions #214

Oct 2, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about battles.

Any Questions #213

Sep 25, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel learn what supervocalics are.

Any Questions #212

Sep 18, 2015

Pucker up! Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel is back.

Any Questions #211

Sep 11, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a quiz all about Baghdad by the Bay.

Any Questions #210

Sep 4, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel prove that they can count to five.

Any Questions #209

Aug 28, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel will be right back.

Any Questions #208

Aug 21, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel dust off their calculators.

Any Questions #207

Aug 14, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for their campiest show yet.

Any Questions #206

Aug 7, 2015

This week's show is set in stone for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

Any Questions #205

Jul 31, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel look to the skies.

Any Questions #204

Jul 24, 2015

Load up the van for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

Any Questions #203

Jul 17, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch sides and take to the seas with their headphones on.

Any Questions #202

Jul 10, 2015

It's all monkey business for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

Any Questions #201

Jul 3, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take stock of their first 200 shows with No. 201.

Any Questions #200

Jun 26, 2015
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark 200 shows with a special guest.

Any Questions #199

Jun 19, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark Juneteenth by switching sides.

Any Questions #198

Jun 12, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a spin.

Any Questions #197

Jun 5, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are entering marshall law.

Any Questions #196

May 29, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are marking a milestone birthday.

Any Questions #195

May 22, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to find their way out of this week's show.

Any Questions #194

May 15, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are taking a tandem ride.

Any Questions #193

May 8, 2015

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

Any Questions #192

May 1, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are in a New York state of mind.

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