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 phrase SWEDISH CAR. Rearrange the letters into two five-letter words that can complete this sentence: As the basketball player's shot _____ through the air, he knew it would be a _____ .

Answer: The words are ARCED and SWISH.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "-ICE"

On-air questions: On June 17, 1944, Iceland formally became an independent republic. Under the control of the Crown of Denmark since the late 1300s, Iceland became a kingdom (still ruled by the Danish king) in 1918 under the Danish-Icelandic Act of Union. When the Act expired 25 years later, ties with the monarchy were severed and a new constitution was adopted. To celebrate Iceland's independence, this week each correct answer will end with the letters I C E.

1. Who was a professor of political science at Stanford University, the provost of Stanford University from 1993 to 1999, the National Security Advisor from 2001 to 2005, and Secretary of State from 2005 to 2009?
2. The organist for the Clearwater Phillies, the keyboardist for the Amarillo Texans, and the Daytona Cubs public address announcer have all been ejected from baseball games for playing what children's rhyme to protest a perceived bad call, a song frequently used as a taunt before a fourth umpire was required for all games?
3. While it more precisely refers to the instant when the sun is at its highest point in the sky, what term is often used for the entire day in June on which this highest point occurs in the northern hemisphere?
4. Often criticized for its apparent anti-Semitic themes, what Shakespeare play introduced us to the phrase "a pound of flesh", used literally in the play as the price demanded by Shylock for failure to repay a loan by a specified date?
5. There are two James Bond films that fit the category. One is the 1967 installment starring Sean Connery and its follow-up, the 1969 film that was the only one starring George Lazenby as James Bond. What two films are these?

Extra credit

1. The stage names of Melanie Brown, Melanie Chisholm, Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell, and Victoria Beckham all have what word in common?
2. The motto of what agency, which employs some 11,000 constables among its 28,000 personnel members, is "Maintiens le droit," (meaning "defending the law")?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase BREAK THE ICE. Change one letter to a G and you can rearrange the result to spell a three-word phrase (three letters, four letters, four letters) that you might say to someone who is walking away from you. 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 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 2, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip on the London Underground.

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Jul 26, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate their 100th episode.

Any Questions? #99

Jul 19, 2013

Last week's challenge
Start with the name of the director SIDNEY LUMET. Change one letter to an N (not the one that's there), then rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (eight letters in the first word, three letters in the second) that names something many unfortunate criminals come to in the movies. What is the phrase?

Any Questions? #98

Jul 12, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with another dog days quiz.

Any Questions? #97

Jul 5, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate summer with the first in a series of dog days shows.

Any Questions? #96

Jun 28, 2013
Robert Dodge

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome special guest Trey Graham, an editor for NPR's Digital Media, to play this week's show.

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Jun 21, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on television parents.

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Jun 14, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on banned books.

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Jun 7, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome loyal listener Doug Peterson all the way from California to play.

Last week's challenge:

Start with the last name of an actor in All The President’s Men. If you add three letters, you can rearrange to name a key figure in the Watergate affair. Who are these people?

Any Questions? #92

May 31, 2013
CBS News

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

Last week's challenge
Think of a six-letter word starting with E associated with a famous codebreaking event in history. Change one letter to an R and rearrange the result to get another word associated with that event. What are the words?

Answer: The word is Enigma. If you replace the I with an R, you can rearrange the letters to spell German.

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May 24, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel get ready for Memorial Day with a show about codes.

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May 17, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on famous scandals tagged with the “-gate” moniker.

Any Questions? #89

May 10, 2013
Rotten Tomatoes

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate tomatoes.

Any Questions? #88

May 3, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on New Hampshire on this week's quiz.

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Apr 26, 2013
Charlie Ross

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome Charlie Ross of One-Man Star Wars to play.

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Apr 19, 2013

It's all about 33 on this week's show, featuring resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus.

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Apr 12, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on shots this week.

Last week's challenge
Start with the last name of a famous American military man. Rearrange the letters into three words than could have been newspaper headlines about this person four years apart. Who is the person and what is the headline?

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Apr 5, 2013

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

Last week's challenge

Start with the names of two national basketball championship schools: UCLA and DUKE. Change one letter to an M, and rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (three letters in the first word, five words in the second) associated with many college graduates. What is the phrase?

Answer: If you change the K to an M, you can spell CUM LAUDE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: MILITARY MEN

Any Questions? #83

Apr 1, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel wrap up their run of March Madness shows with a quiz inspired by the NCAA tourney.

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Mar 22, 2013

Hosted by WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, this week’s Any Questions? continues a run of March Madness shows – this one focusing on John Philip Sousa.

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Mar 15, 2013

Hosted by WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, this week’s Any Questions? continues a run of March Madness shows – this one focusing on famous literary rabbits.

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Mar 8, 2013

Hosted by WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, this week’s Any Questions? continues a run of March Madness shows – this one focusing on famous sisters.

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Mar 1, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel begin a month of March Madness with this week's program, which focuses on documentaries.

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Feb 22, 2013

There's no echo in the studio. Hosted by WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, this week’s Any Questions? features guests Ian Chillag and Mike Danforth, producers of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me and hosts of the podcast How To Do Everything.

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Feb 15, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel run their latest quiz right up the flagpole.

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Feb 8, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have a royal time on a show about queens.

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Feb 1, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about the silver screen.

Mike Nothnagel

WAMC's resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel normally spends his Fridays asking questions on the quiz segment Any Questions?, heard during Northeast Report around 6:25 p.m. This week, he's pulling double duty.

Nothnagel recently recorded a guest appearance on the NPR program Ask Me Another after qualifying on a practice quiz. He competed in a word game on the actual show, taped in Brooklyn.

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Jan 25, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip across the pond for a quiz about Scotland.

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Jan 18, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel rally for a for a quiz about protests.

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