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 name NOAH WEBSTER. Change one letter to a C, and you can rearrange the result to spell a five-letter word for things that most pine trees have and a six-letter word for something pine tree branches might be made into. What are the words?

Answer: If you change the B to a C, you can spell CONES and WREATH.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: FAMOUS HOAXES

On-air questions: On April 21, 1934, the British tabloid the Daily Mail published what came to be known as the "Surgeon's photograph", reportedly the first photo taken of the head and neck of the Loch Ness Monster. Allegedly taken by a London doctor named Robert Wilson, the photograph has been the subject of controversy and debunking over the years. A 1999 book explained the supposed origin of the photo, which involved revenge on the Daily Mail (not by Wilson, who was merely the person who delivered the photos to the newspaper) and a toy submarine. We'll try not to deliberately mislead anyone this week with our questions about famous hoaxes.

1. A 1917 hoax article about the history of the bathtub chronicled how the fixture's introduction in the U.S. was opposed until 1850, when its use was more broadly accepted after Millard Fillmore installed one in what building?
2. The fact that he is barefoot on the cover of Abbey Road, cryptic lyrics and backwards messages in songs, and hundreds of other supposed clues led many people to believe a hoax that what musician had died and had been replaced by a lookalike in his band?
3. A fraternal organization known as the Priory of Sion was founded in the 1950s as part of a hoax. Over the years, conspiracy theorists have claimed to have evidence of the group's long-time existence and secrets. In the mid-2000s, the Priory was a major plot element of a book – and its subsequent movie adaptation – by what author?
4. Fabricated in the 1860s, the 10-foot Cardiff Giant was a supposed petrified man carved from a block of gypsum and buried on a farm in Cardiff, New York. It attracted large paying crowds, which prompted an offer to purchase the giant. The offer was refused, and the buyer commissioned a replica of the statue. When the replica started attracting crowds, one of the owners of the original statue commented, "There's a sucker born every minute." Who commissioned the replica of the Cardiff Giant?
5. Gaining widespread popularity in the 1990s via a student project on gullibility, the hoax surrounding a chemical known as dihydrogen monoxide has resurfaced multiple times over the years. The hoax claims, among other things, that DHMO (as it is sometimes known) contributes to the greenhouse effect, can cause severe burns, and is used as an industrial coolant. What is the much more common name for dihydrogen monoxide?

Extra credit

1. Derived from the name of the Greek goddess of agriculture, the word "cereologist" refers to someone who studies, investigates, or creates what objects, widely debunked as man-made hoaxes?
2. The Pacific Northwest tree octopus, a fictitious species created in 1998, was supposedly able to live on both land and water, spending most of its time in the Olympic National forest and nearby rivers. According to its official website, the major predator of the tree octopus was what other fictitious creature, which also supposedly dwells mainly in the Pacific Northwest?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase CARDIFF GIANT. Change one letter to a B and you can rearrange the result to spell a three-word phrase (two letters, three letters, seven letters) for where someone who is running late might be stuck. What is the phrase?

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. 

Any Questions #175

Jan 2, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip around the map of names.

Any Questions #174

Dec 26, 2014

It's that time of year: the trivia clearance sale.

Any Questions #173

Dec 19, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about people with colors in their names.

Any Questions #172

Dec 12, 2014

If you can see through the smoke and scotch fumes, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have a quiz about the Rat Pack.

Any Questions #171

Dec 5, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all about the bouillon.

Any Questions #170

Nov 28, 2014

Pass the trivia: it's time for a turkey show for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

Any Questions #169

Nov 21, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel put it in gear for this week's show.

Any Questions #168

Nov 14, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch sides for another journey to the center of the trivia earth.

Any Questions #167

Nov 7, 2014

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

Any Questions #166

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.

Any Questions #165

Oct 24, 2014

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

Any Questions #164

Oct 17, 2014

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

Any Questions #163

Oct 10, 2014

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

Any Questions #162

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.

Any Questions #161

Sep 26, 2014

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

Any Questions #160

Sep 19, 2014

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

Any Questions #159

Sep 12, 2014
Wordplay

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

Any Questions #158

Sep 5, 2014

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

Any Questions #157

Aug 29, 2014

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

Any Questions #156

Aug 22, 2014

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

Any Questions #155

Aug 15, 2014

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

Any Questions #154

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.

Any Questions #153

Aug 1, 2014

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

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.

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