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 COPY EDITORS. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a five-letter genre of music and a six-letter type of literature. What are the words?

Answer: DISCO and POETRY.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: M, S, N, B, C

On-air questions: On July 15, 1996: a new network called MSNBC debuted. At its inception, it provided news coverage, interviews, and opinion. Over time, it shifted its focus to politics, but kept many of the opinion-cased shows. In 2015, it revitalized its focus on news, replacing many daytime talk shows with news programming. To commemorate MSNBC's founding, this week we'll have a quiz about the letters M, S, N, B, and C.

1. Beginning with 1995's GoldenEye, the character known as M, who is the head of the Secret Intelligence Service – also known as MI6 – was played by Judi Dench. In the two most recent Bond films (2012’s Skyfall and 2015’s Spectre) the role was taken over by what actor?
2. In 2013, author Doug Dorst published S., a novel-within-a-novel about a work by a mysterious author and two college students who attempt to figure out his identity as they trade a copy of the author’s work back and forth. The novel was co-conceived by who, also the director of two Star Trek films and the most recent Star Wars film?
3. The most commonly-used chess notation (and the only one that is recognized by the World Chess Federation) identifies the squares on the board by a lowercase letter and a number. It also assigns a capital letter to each piece. Which piece, the only one that can jump over other pieces, is identified by the capital letter N?
4. Focusing on entertainment and sports news, b was a newspaper published from 2008 to 2015, and targeted at more casual readers between 18 and 35 years old. The paper was published as a companion to the Sun, the daily newspaper of what East Coast city, whose name also starts with B?
5. The letter C is used as the unit for degrees Celsius, named after Swedish astronomer Anders Celsius. What other word beginning with C is also used to refer to this scale, referencing the fact that there are 100 degrees on the scale between the freezing and boiling points of water?

Extra credit

1. Of the letters M, S, N, B, and C, which is the only one that is not used as a one-letter symbol for a chemical element?
2. Of the letters M, S, N, B, and C, which is the only one that does not appear as the only letter on the cap of a current Major League Baseball team?

This week's challenge
Start with the letters MSNBC. Add four vowels and you can rearrange the result spell a two-word phrase (five letters, four letters) for something that makes a loud noise. 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 30, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on “hot” things.

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Aug 23, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on famous Franklins.

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Aug 16, 2013
SI

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on past Sports Illustrated’s Sportsmen of the Year.

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Aug 9, 2013

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

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase MIND THE GAP. Change one letter to an S then rearrange the result to spell a word starting with S that names an action that would most likely be unsafe in a subway tunnel. What is the word?

Answer: If you change an H to an S, you can spell Stampeding.

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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.

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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?

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Jul 12, 2013

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

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Jul 5, 2013

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

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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?

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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.

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May 10, 2013
Rotten Tomatoes

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

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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

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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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