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 letters MSNBC. Add four vowels and you can spell a two-word phrase (five letters, four letters) for something that makes a loud noise. What is it?

Answer: If you add an I and three Os, you can spell SONIC BOOM.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: ROBOTS

On-air questions: On July 22, 2015, the annual RoboCup competition came to a close. Held every year since 1997, the annual robotics competition is officially titled "Robot Soccer World Cup", and its mission statement is "By the middle of the 21st century, a team of fully autonomous humanoid robot soccer players shall win a soccer game, complying with the official rules of FIFA, against the winner of the most recent World Cup." This week, we welcome our new robot overlords as we have a quiz about robots.

1. Bender, the Robot Devil, Calculon, and the Reverend Lionel Preacherbot are among the many robots on the animated series Futurama, created by which man, also behind the creation of another long-running popular animated series?
2. In 2009, film critic Peter Travers said, "If there was ever a time where an animated feature deserved to be nominated for Best Picture, it's" what Pixar film, which tells the story of a robot tasked with cleaning up trash on an abandoned Earth?
3. The dance known as the robot – in which the dancer moves their arms and legs in a, well, robotic fashion – first gained widespread fame when the lead singer of which singing group did the robot during a performance of the group's 1974 hit song "Dancing Machine" on an episode of Soul Train?
4.  "A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm"; "A robot must obey orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law"; and "A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law" are the Three Laws of Robotics, which appear in a book of short stories titled I, Robot, written by what prolific science-fiction author?
5. Introduced in September of 2002, what is the name of the robotic vacuum cleaner manufactured by the iRobot company, whose later models have included an infrared sensor to help it avoid obstacles, wi-fi connectivity, and a smartphone app?

Extra credit

1. "Our democracy has been hacked" is a slogan that appears in promotional materials for what USA series starring Rami Malek and Christian Slater?
2. "Robot Parade" is a track on the 2002 children's album No! by what band, which won a Grammy award in 2009 for its children's album Here Come the 123s?

This week's challenge
Start with the title of the 1982 film BLADE RUNNER. Change one letter to a G and you can spell the two-word name of something that isn't true, but a lot of people think is. 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 answerers, such as Will Shortz, Liane Hansen, John Flansburgh and Mike Doughty.

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

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Apr 4, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a tour through the NATO alphabet.

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Mar 28, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about geographic entities that have changed names.

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Mar 21, 2014

Earplugs in! WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on famous concerts this week.

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Mar 14, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel slice up a Pi Day quiz.

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Mar 7, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel get up on the soapbox for a show about speeches.

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Feb 28, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip on a familiar railroad.

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Feb 21, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are speaking in a variety of tongues this week.

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Feb 14, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and Mike Nothnagel switch seats for Valentine's Day.

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Feb 7, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel deal in units of time this week.

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Jan 31, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have fun at the movies this week.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase RED DELICIOUS. Change one letter to a P and you can spell a four-letter word that can precede APPLE, and two words that can follow APPLE (three letters in one word, five letters in the other), to make common two-word phrases. What are the words?
Answer: If you change the L to a P, you can spell SOUR, CIDER and PIE.

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Jan 24, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel consider apples on this week's quiz.

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Jan 17, 2014

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

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Jan 10, 2014

Crack open some un-cola for this week's quiz.

Last week's challenge
Start with an eight-letter word beginning with M that names a nationality. Drop the last letter and the result will spell the first and last names of a famous TV and radio personality. What is the nationality and who is the personality?
Answer: The nationality is MOROCCAN, and the personality is MO ROCCA.

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Jan 3, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome guest player Jason English.

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Dec 27, 2013

Everything must go here on the last show of the year with WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Dec 20, 2013

Fire up the yule log: WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on Christmas movies.

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Dec 13, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a visit to New Zealand.

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Dec 6, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on Washington monuments.

Last week's challenge
The important multiple of 333, 666, figures heavily in a key book of the bible. Rearrange the letters of this 10-letter bible book to spell a two-word phrase, six letters in the first word, four in the second, that can describe the action in this particular bible book. As a hint, each word begins with a vowel.

Answer: The bible book is Revelation, which can be rearranged to spell ORNATE EVIL.

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Nov 29, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spors for a show about threes this week.

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Nov 22, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all about Georges on this week's show.

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Nov 15, 2013
Ben Zimmer

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome Ben Zimmer to the show. 

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Nov 8, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on Montana.

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Nov 1, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on bridges.

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Oct 25, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark the Fall Classic with a show about series.

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Oct 18, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on family bands.

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Oct 11, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome another guest to play.

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Oct 4, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about people who go by their initials.

Last week's challenge

Start with the phrase SEARCH ENGINE. Drop one letter, then rearrange the rest to spell a six-letter word and a five-letter word that each name a part of a laptop computer. What are the words?

Answer: If you change the A to an E, you can spell SCREEN and HINGE.
 
THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: PEOPLE WITH INITIALS

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Sep 27, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on Google's doodles.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name of last week's featured award, the PALME D'OR. Change one letter to an E and rearrange the result to spell the two-word name of a type of tree. What is it?
Answer: If you change the O to an E, you can spell RED MAPLE.

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Sep 20, 2013

Last week's challenge
Start with the 10-letter name of a town on the Hudson River. Change the U to a V, then rearrange the result to spell a word naming places that many history buffs visit. What is the town and what are the places?
Answer: The town is SAUGERTIES, and if you follow the directions you can spell GRAVESITES.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: THE PALME D'OR

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Sep 13, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip down the Hudson.

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