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 name of the Albert Camus novel THE STRANGER. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a two-word action a landlord does. What are the words?



On-air questions: On November 27, 1968, Penny Ann Early became the first woman to play in a professional basketball league. Signed by the Kentucky Colonels of the ABA, Early was put into a game against the Los Angeles Stars, despite protests by Gene Rhodes, the Colonels' coach. She inbounded a pass to a teammate, immediately after which a timeout was called, and she was removed from the game to a standing ovation. To honor Early's achievement with the Kentucky Colonels, this week our questions are about famous colonels.

1. Colonel Henry Rutgers led forces in the American Revolution and served several terms in the New York legislature, but his most lasting legacy is the college renamed in his honor in 1825. Its name was later changed to Rutgers University, and then again to "Rutgers, The State University of" what state?
2. Originally named Colonel Yellow, the Clue character known as Colonel Mustard was portrayed by Martin Mull in the 1985 film adaptation of the board game. Mull also appeared as Russell the pharmacist on what sitcom that originally starred Charlie Sheen and Jon Cryer?
3. Born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk, the man more famously known as Colonel Tom Parker began his career as a talent manager in the 1930s, but he is better remembered as the person who became, in 1956, the manager of what musician, remaining his representative well after the singer's death in 1977?
4. Retired U.S. Air Force colonel Martha McSally, the first woman from the U.S. to fly in combat, served from 1988 until 2010. In 2001, McSally won a lawsuit against the Department of Defense over alleged discriminatory policies for servicewomen stationed in Saudi Arabia. The named defendant in the suit was what then-current Secretary of Defense?
5. In 1939, food critic Duncan Hines – yes, that Duncan Hines – visited a restaurant and included in his book Adventures in Good Eating this review: "A very good place to stop en route to Cumberland Falls and the Great Smokies. Continuous 24-hour service. Sizzling steaks, fried chicken, country ham, hot biscuits." Who owned that restaurant?

Extra credit

1. Portrayed by Marlon Brando in the 1979 film Apocalypse Now, Colonel Walter E. Kurtz is based on a character (also called Kurtz) from the 1899 novella Heart of Darkness, written by what author?
2. Henry Knox served as Colonel in the Continental Regiment of Artillery in 1776 and helped in the movement of guns from Fort Ticonderoga to Washington, D.C. that year. Appropriately, George Washington appointed Knox to what position in his cabinet, making him the first person to hold that position?

This week's challenge
Start with the word REGIMENT. Change one letter to a U, and you can rearrange the result to spell a word for a person who wouldn't be a good member of a regiment. What is the word?

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. 

Any Questions #181

Feb 13, 2015

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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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Jan 23, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are staying up past their bedtime this week.

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Jan 16, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go to MIT the only way they can: vicariously.

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Jan 9, 2015

Hold the phone. WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back.

Any Questions #175

Jan 2, 2015

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

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Dec 26, 2014

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

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Dec 19, 2014

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

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Dec 12, 2014

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