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: Change one letter to a Y (not the one that's already there, of course) and you can rearrange the result to spell two five-letter synonyms. What are they?

Answer: If you change the H to a Y, you can spell BRINY and SALTY.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: IMPORTANT BIRTHDAYS

On-air questions: Between this week’s show and next week’s show, our resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel will celebrate a milestone birthday. I won’t say which one, but close listeners over our nearly 200 shows can probably venture a good guess. That’s not this week’s challenge, by the way. We’ll get to that later. So in honor of Mike, this week’s show is all about important birthdays.

1. Which actress whose credits include Gravity, Speed and The Blind Side, for which she won the Academy Award for Best Actress, became the oldest person ever named Most Beautiful Woman by People magazine earlier this month, three months before turning 51?
2. Comedy Central recently honored which pop star’s 21st birthday at its annual roast, during which host Kevin Hart said “Tonight we are gonna do what parents and the legal system should have done a long time ago – give the boy a butt-whupping he deserves?”
3. Which longtime entertainer was honored on his 100th birthday in 2003 with a public ceremony in Hollywood that included flyovers from various 1940’s-era U.S. warplanes?
4. Recognized for celebrating “this is what 40” and later “this is what 50 looks like,” which writer and public intellectual said of turning 80 in 2014, that a dwindling libido is an advantage because “The brain cells that used to be obsessed are now free for all kinds of great things?”
5. Turning to literature now, which narrator after a pivotal scene in The Great Gatsby remarks on turning 30, “Before me stretched the portentous menacing road of a new decade…Thirty-the promise of a decade of loneliness, a thinning list of single men to know, a thinning brief-case of enthusiasm, thinning hair.”  

Extra Credit

1. Name the 1970 single by Alice Cooper that includes the line “I'm a boy and I'm a man” and peaked at 21 on the U.S. charts?
2. Twenty-eight-year-old rapper Waka Flocka Flame, known for his pro-marijuana policy views, announced this spring that he is running for president. What landmark birthday must he hit to be Constitutionally allowed to serve as president?

This week's challenge

Start with the word milestone. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a four-letter vehicle and a five-letter word describing people it often transports during this time of year. 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 venues. Often, Mike and Ian switch seats or feature guest answers, such as Will Shortz, Liane Hansen, John Flansburgh and Mike Doughty.

Any Questions? airs Friday during Northeast Report Late Edition on WAMC. 

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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