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 phrase HOLIDAY TIME. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a five-letter county in the Western Hemisphere and six-letter word you often hear during holidays. What are the words?

Answer: HAITI, MELODY.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: PEOPLE WHOSE NAMES ARE PROFESSIONS

On-air questions: December 8, 1973 marked the second week that "Top of the World" by The Carpenters was the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. The song was not originally scheduled to be a single, but after a singer named Lynn Anderson released a cover of the song earlier in 1973, the Carpenters decided to release their version as a single. To commemorate the Carpenters' number-one hit, this week our questions are about people whose last names are professions.

1. A British orchardist named Maria Ann Smith moved to Australia in the 1830s, and some 30 years later got a box of crabapples from a farmer's market. After discarding the peels onto a compost pile, she noticed a seedling growing. This seedling bore fruit, which eventually became the apple variety we know as what?
2. After maintaining an undefeated record into 1972, George Foreman defended his title against Joe Frazier, Ken Norton, and, in a 1974 match fought in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo nicknamed "The Rumble in the Jungle", against whom?
3. What singer released in 2015 an album titled Paradise Is There: The New Tigerlily Recordings, a collection of – as the title implies – re-recordings of the songs on her 1995 solo debut album Tigerlily, including "Wonder" and "Jealousy"?
4. What famed jockey, by the time of his retirement in 1990, racked up some 8800 career victories out of more than 40,000 races run, won eleven total Triple Crown races – although never the Triple Crown itself – and became in 1986 the oldest jockey to win the Kentucky Derby, doing so at age 54?
5. First elected to the U.S. Senate in 1992, Barbara Boxer is, to date, one of three women who have served as a senator from California. Who are the other two?

Extra credit

1. Actress Marsha Mason has been nominated for an Academy Award four times. Three of the four roles – those in The Goodbye Girl, Chapter Two, and Only When I Laugh – were written by whom?
2. Portraying an adult version of the main character Ralph Parker, author Jean Shepherd narrates what 1983 film, based on Shepherd's 1966 novel In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash?

This week's challenge

Start with the word CARPENTERS. Change one letter to a T and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (six letters, four letters) for something that happened not that long ago. 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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Aug 21, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel dust off their calculators.

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Aug 14, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for their campiest show yet.

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Aug 7, 2015

This week's show is set in stone for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Jul 31, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel look to the skies.

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Jul 24, 2015

Load up the van for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Jul 17, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch sides and take to the seas with their headphones on.

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Jul 10, 2015

It's all monkey business for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Jul 3, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take stock of their first 200 shows with No. 201.

Any Questions #200

Jun 26, 2015
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark 200 shows with a special guest.

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Jun 19, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark Juneteenth by switching sides.

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Jun 12, 2015

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

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Jun 5, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are entering marshall law.

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May 29, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are marking a milestone birthday.

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May 22, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to find their way out of this week's show.

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May 15, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are taking a tandem ride.

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May 8, 2015

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

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May 1, 2015

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

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Apr 24, 2015

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

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Apr 17, 2015

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

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Apr 10, 2015

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

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Apr 3, 2015

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

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Mar 27, 2015

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

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Mar 20, 2015

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

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Mar 13, 2015

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

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Mar 6, 2015

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

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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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Feb 20, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel send a different kind of audio postcard.

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Feb 13, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to be good men.

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Feb 6, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on the 40th president.

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Jan 30, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go back to the before-and-after well.

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