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 last names of two women who have been honored with the title of dame: ANDREWS and RIGG. Change one letter to an A (not the one that's there, of course) and you can spell a five-letter word that names something both women have received, and a six-letter word that describes one of the women. What are the words?

Answer: If you change one of the Gs to an A, you can spell AWARD and SINGER.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING

On-air questions: On May 1, 1931, the Empire State Building in New York City was officially opened when President Herbert Hoover pressed a button in Washington, D.C., and switched on the building's lights. (Ironically, the first time that tower lights were used atop the building was to signal Franklin Roosevelt's victory over Hoover in the 1932 presidential election.) To commemorate its opening, this week our quiz is about the Empire State Building.

1. After a centipede bites through its stem, the title fruit of the 1961 book James and the Giant Peach rolls off the Cliffs of Dover, is flown across the Atlantic by hundreds of seagulls, and is impaled on the antenna of the Empire State Building. What children's author wrote this series of events?
2. The colored lights atop the Empire State Building are often chosen to commemorate holidays, special events, or other noteworthy occasions. On February 1, 2015, the lights were used as a "virtual scoreboard" as they changed colors to reflect which team was currently winning what sporting event?
3. According to an urban legend, a penny dropped from the top of the Empire State Building would be traveling so fast when it hit the ground that it would embed itself in the sidewalk. This theory was debunked by showing that the penny's terminal velocity wouldn't be nearly fast enough, if the updrafts and lower floors didn't prevent it from hitting the ground at all on a 2003 episode of what Discovery Channel series?
4. Filmed from the 41st floor of the Time-Life Building between 8:06 p.m. on July 25 and 2:42 a.m. on July 26, 1964, Empire is a silent black-and-white movie consisting entirely of a single stationary shot of the Empire State Building. The film was directed and produced by what pioneering American pop artist?
5. Two days after the death of actress Fay Wray in August of 2004, the Empire State Building stood in complete darkness for 15 minutes. While her acting career spanned some 57 years, Wray is perhaps best known for her role in what 1933 movie, which features a climactic scene atop the Empire State Building?

Extra Credit

1. Along with models of other notable buildings, there is a 7.6-foot-tall model of the Empire State Building on display at the National Building Museum. The model is constructed from 12,000 what?
2. The Empire State Building is currently the fifth-tallest building in the United States. Two of the four taller buildings are also in New York City, while the other two are in what city?

This week's challenge

Start with the phrase EMPIRE STATE. Change one letter to an N, and you can rearrange the letters to spell a two-word phrase (seven letters, four letters) for a measurement standard used at the Empire State building. 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 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 #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

Any Questions #146

Jun 13, 2014

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

Any Questions #145

Jun 6, 2014

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

Any Questions #144

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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