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 words “time warp again.” Rearrange the letters and you can spell the six-letter name of an Asian island and a seven-letter literary device. What are the words?
Answer: TAIWAN, EPIGRAM.
THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: POP CULTURE CALCULATIONS
On-air questions: On August 21, 1888, inventor William Seward Burroughs received U.S. Patent #381166A for the first successful "calculating machine" in the United States. Mechanical calculating devices had been around since the late 1600s, but Burroughs' machine was one of the first widely used for commercial applications. (By the way, if Burroughs' name sounds familiar, it's because his grandson is author William S. Burroughs.) So, it's taken us 208 episodes, but we've finally got a math show: in honor of Burroughs' patent, we're going to do a little calculating of our own. I'll give you an equation made up of two words or phrases and a math operation of some sort. Your job is to figure out the answer by thinking of a number commonly associated with each word or phrase and then doing the math. For example, if I said DALMATIANS + TROMBONES, you'd answer 177 (101 DALMATIANS + 76 TROMBONES).
1. ANGRY MEN ÷ STOOGES
2. FAHRENHEIT + SLAUGHTERHOUSE
3. DWARVES × FANTASTIC
4. CANDLES - TURTLE DOVES
5. BOTTLES OF BEER + STUDIO
1. MANIACS × LOVE POTION
2. CATCH – SAMURAI
This week's challenge
Start with the word CALCULATION. Change one letter to an R and you can spell a two-word phrase (seven letters, four letters) that names something you might see at the end of a performance. 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.