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 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

Extra credit
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. 

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.

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