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 phrase TRIPLE BOND. Change one letter to a K and you can spell the five-letter name of a game, and a five-letter term used in that game? What are the words?

Answer: If you change the T to a K, you can spell POKER and BLIND.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: SPIDERS

On-air questions:  As our listeners are keenly aware, this week has been Fund Drive time again here at WAMC. Because of that, it is possible that this episode will not air during its regular time slot (although we sure hope it does because that means the Fund Drive is over), and may only appear on the Web. Because of that, I thought it would be appropriate if we did a show inspired by other things that appear on a web, namely spiders.

1. Piloted by Russell Schweikart, the lunar module nicknamed "Spider" was launched in March of 1969 – the first lunar module to be manned – as part of the preparations for landing on the moon. It was part of the ninth of twelve missions named what?
2. In the climactic scene of a 1967 film, Benjamin Braddock (played by Dustin Hoffman) drives a 1966 Alfa Romeo Spider 1600 to Santa Barbara in an attempt to stop the wedding of Elaine and Carl. Partly because of a faulty fuel gauge, the car runs out a gas, but fortunately it stops in front of the right church. In what film does this take place?
3. In the 1952 E.B. White novel Charlotte's Web, Wilbur the pig is befriended by Charlotte the spider who writes messages in her web to persuade the farmer not to slaughter Wilbur. Over the course the novel, Charlotte writes four messages in her web. The last three are "Terrific", "Radiant", and "Humble". What is the first – and only two-word – message Charlotte weaves?
4. Hampered by technical difficulties, injuries, and numerous rewrites, the Broadway musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark has gained notoriety for its troubled production. The story was co-written by Julie Taymor, the original director, and the music and lyrics were written by two members of what famous rock band?
5. Used by players when the cue ball is out of reach, a spider is a stick with an arch-shaped head that allows it to be placed over another ball without disturbing its position. This piece of equipment is used in what English variant of billiards?

Extra credit

1. Named for a song on his 1987 album Never Let Me Down, what musician staged the Glass Spider Tour, which featured as its centerpiece a 60-foot-tall, 64-foot-wide translucent spider?
2. "A noiseless patient spider, / I mark'd where on a little promontory it stood isolated" are the first two lines of an 1868 poem written by whom?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase SPIDER WEB. Rearrange the letters to spell a four-letter word that names things often seen in a church and a five-letter word for a person often seen in a church. 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 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 #192

May 1, 2015

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

Any Questions #191

Apr 24, 2015

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

Any Questions #190

Apr 17, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are ducking trivia questions.

Any Questions #189

Apr 10, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel high-tail it for a quiz about comets.

Any Questions #188

Apr 3, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel join for a jaunt about Js.

Any Questions #187

Mar 27, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back (to-back).

Any Questions #186

Mar 20, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel break out the berets and Chablis.

Any Questions #185

Mar 13, 2015

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

Any Questions #184

Mar 6, 2015

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

Any Questions #183

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.

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