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 SAW DOUBLE. Change one letter to an F and you can rearrange the result to spell a three-word phrase (four letters, one letter, four letters) for what you might do if you use too much electricity. What is the phrase?

Answer: If you change the D to an F, you can spell BLOW A FUSE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "AC" AND "LU"

On-air questions: On January 20, 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union was founded. Formed by the directors of an organization called the National Civil Liberties Bureau – whose focus was primarily on freedom of speech issues and supporting conscientious objectors during World War I – the ACLU continued the freedom of speech work done by its predecessor, but concentrated on issues within the labor movement. Over the decades, the ACLU has been involved with a wide range of civil liberties issues, including Native American rights, separation of church and state, and anti-war activism. To commemorate the ACLU's founding, each correct answer this week will start with either the letters AC or LU.

1. Created in 1962 when an employee of General Mills had the idea to combine Cheerios with bits of Circus Peanuts candy, what product originally had four different colored marshmallows, and over the years has featured such shapes as pine trees, whales, and hourglasses?
2. While its first use in a metaphorical sense dates to an 1840 story by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, what phrase comes from Greek mythology, where it refers to the one place on a young child the waters of the River Styx – which would supposedly bestow invulnerability – did not touch when his mother dipped him in the river?
3. Recorded in 1968 and originally released on a 1969 benefit album titled No One's Gonna Change Our World, released to support the World Wildlife Fund, what Beatles song later appeared on the Let It Be album, and was used as the title for a 2007 film whose plot borrows heavily from compositions by the group?
4. What superhero first appeared in 1972 at the height of the Blaxploitation genre, gained superhuman strength and unbreakable skin after being subjected to an experimental procedure, and is portrayed by actor Mike Colter in two Netflix original series, Jessica Jones and one named after the character?
5. On a Monopoly board, what space sits between Park Place and Boardwalk and forces a player who lands on it to pay $75 to the bank (at least in the classic edition of the game)?

Extra credit

1. What organic compound, known scientifically as ethanoic acid, derives its common name from the Latin word for vinegar, which is approximately 3 percent to 9 percent of the compound by volume?
2. What actress became, in 2014, the first Kenyan actress to win an Academy Award, earning the honor for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film 12 Years a Slave?

This week's challenge
Start with the words LIBERTY and RIGHT. Rearrange the letters to spell two six-letter words: an animal and a number. What are the words?

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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Mar 7, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel get up on the soapbox for a show about speeches.

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Feb 28, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip on a familiar railroad.

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Feb 21, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are speaking in a variety of tongues this week.

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Feb 14, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and Mike Nothnagel switch seats for Valentine's Day.

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Feb 7, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel deal in units of time this week.

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Jan 31, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have fun at the movies this week.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase RED DELICIOUS. Change one letter to a P and you can spell a four-letter word that can precede APPLE, and two words that can follow APPLE (three letters in one word, five letters in the other), to make common two-word phrases. What are the words?
Answer: If you change the L to a P, you can spell SOUR, CIDER and PIE.

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Jan 24, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel consider apples on this week's quiz.

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Jan 17, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a quiz about Norway.

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Jan 10, 2014

Crack open some un-cola for this week's quiz.

Last week's challenge
Start with an eight-letter word beginning with M that names a nationality. Drop the last letter and the result will spell the first and last names of a famous TV and radio personality. What is the nationality and who is the personality?
Answer: The nationality is MOROCCAN, and the personality is MO ROCCA.

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Jan 3, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome guest player Jason English.

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Dec 27, 2013

Everything must go here on the last show of the year with WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Dec 20, 2013

Fire up the yule log: WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on Christmas movies.

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Dec 13, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a visit to New Zealand.

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Dec 6, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on Washington monuments.

Last week's challenge
The important multiple of 333, 666, figures heavily in a key book of the bible. Rearrange the letters of this 10-letter bible book to spell a two-word phrase, six letters in the first word, four in the second, that can describe the action in this particular bible book. As a hint, each word begins with a vowel.

Answer: The bible book is Revelation, which can be rearranged to spell ORNATE EVIL.

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Nov 29, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spors for a show about threes this week.

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Nov 22, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all about Georges on this week's show.

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Nov 15, 2013
Ben Zimmer

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome Ben Zimmer to the show. 

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Nov 8, 2013

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

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Nov 1, 2013

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

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Oct 25, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark the Fall Classic with a show about series.

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Oct 18, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on family bands.

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Oct 11, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome another guest to play.

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Oct 4, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about people who go by their initials.

Last week's challenge

Start with the phrase SEARCH ENGINE. Drop one letter, then rearrange the rest to spell a six-letter word and a five-letter word that each name a part of a laptop computer. What are the words?

Answer: If you change the A to an E, you can spell SCREEN and HINGE.
 
THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: PEOPLE WITH INITIALS

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Sep 27, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on Google's doodles.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name of last week's featured award, the PALME D'OR. Change one letter to an E and rearrange the result to spell the two-word name of a type of tree. What is it?
Answer: If you change the O to an E, you can spell RED MAPLE.

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Sep 20, 2013

Last week's challenge
Start with the 10-letter name of a town on the Hudson River. Change the U to a V, then rearrange the result to spell a word naming places that many history buffs visit. What is the town and what are the places?
Answer: The town is SAUGERTIES, and if you follow the directions you can spell GRAVESITES.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: THE PALME D'OR

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Sep 13, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip down the Hudson.

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Sep 6, 2013
They Might Be Giants

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh back to the program for a quiz about repetition.

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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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