Any Questions?

Friday at 6:25 p.m. on Northeast Report Late Edition
  • Hosted by Ian Pickus
  • Local Host Mike Nothnagel and Ian Pickus

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 outlets. 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.

Last week's challenge: Start with the words CENTER and MIDDLE. Change one letter to an A and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (seven letters, five letters) that a client might text to his stock broker to tell him not to make a transaction. What is the phrase?

Answer: If you change the M to an A, you can spell DECLINE TRADE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: MIRACLES

On-air questions: On February 24, 1980 in Lake Placid, New York, the U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team defeated the team from Finland 4-2 to take home the gold medal. Two days earlier, the U.S. came from behind to beat the team from the Soviet Union in a game famously known as the "Miracle on Ice". The defending gold medalists were up 3-2 after the second period, but the U.S. scored twice in the final period and won the game. The Miracle on Ice was named in 1999 by Sports Illustrated the top sports moment of the 20th century. To commemorate that iconic sports moment, this week our quiz is about miracles.

1. What product, first introduced at the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, was developed by Kraft as a blend of mayonnaise and salad dressing, and was named for the emulsifying machine which combined its ingredients?
2. Its original version premiered on the anthology TV series Playhouse 90 in 1957. It was adapted into a 1959 Broadway play, a 1962 film – for which its two stars, Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, both won Academy Awards – a 1979 TV movie, and a 2000 film. What is the title of this work?
3. In the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street, a man named Kris Kringle complains about the intoxication of the Santa in the Thanksgiving Day parade, and is convinced to take his place. Based on his performance, Kringle is hired to play Santa in the flagship store – located on 34th Street – of what retailer?
4. They formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1955 as The Five Chimes, later became The Matadors, and in December of 1960, the singing group most famously known as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles became the first Motown act to appear on what popular weekly music and dance show?
5. Miracles, a 1947 nonfiction book that argues that before one can determine if miracles have occurred, one must resolve the question of whether miracles can occur in principle, was written by what author, three years after his novel The Screwtape Letters and three years before The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?

Extra credit

1. Earning its nickname because of the unlikeliness of its rise to prominence in the city, a section of Wilshire Boulevard nicknamed the "Miracle Mile" features numerous museums, theaters, and stores, and runs near the La Brea Tar Pits in what city?
2. "Miracle Man" is the second track on the 1977 debut album My Aim is True by what singer/songwriter?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase IT'S A MIRACLE. Change one letter to a B and you can rearrange the result to spell the two-word name (seven letters, four letters) of something often eaten in Indian restaurants. 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 outlets. 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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Nov 7, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel hope like elephants, they never forget.

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Oct 31, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a break from fun size candy bars and popcorn balls for a tangentially Halloween-themed quiz.

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Oct 24, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the World Series with a show about other series.

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Oct 17, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to mask their Nobel envy.

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Oct 10, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate a crucial part of WAMC fund drives: the volunteers.

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Oct 3, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots this week for a show about the O.J. Simpson trial.

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Sep 26, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have been training for this show for 160 weeks.

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Sep 19, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

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Sep 12, 2014
Wordplay

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome a special guest player to the show.

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Sep 5, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the start of season four.

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Aug 29, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quick trivia battle.

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Aug 22, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to score a 666 out of 5.

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Aug 15, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothangel cast a spell over radioland.

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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.

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Aug 1, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about Music Television.

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Jul 25, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel dust off the turntable for a visit to Laurel Canyon.

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Jul 18, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are joined by special guest player Walter Hickey of FiveThirtyEight.

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Jul 11, 2014

To celebrate show No. 150, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel head 150 years back in time.

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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.

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Jun 27, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a tour of awards.

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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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Jun 13, 2014

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

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Jun 6, 2014

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

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May 30, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are dressed to the, uh, twelves for this week's show.

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May 23, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel spend a few minutes on one name.

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May 16, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a ride to Virginia.

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May 9, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about the Department of Justice.

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May 2, 2014

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

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Apr 25, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and back in place for the weekly quiz.

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Apr 18, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel be in the studio once again this week.

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