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 THE INCREDIBLES. Change one letter to an A and you can rearrange the result to spell an eight-letter word for things an ear doctor might be concerned about, and a six-letter word for something an eye doctor might be concerned about. What are the things?

Answer: If you change the h to an a, you can rearrange the remaining letters to spell "decibels" and "retina."

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: FAMOUS MAYORS

On-air questions: Today is the anniversary of the opening of the now much-maligned LaGuardia Airport in New York City in 1939. To be precise, it was first called North Beach Airport, then New York Municipal Airport before being renamed for Fiorello LaGuardia in 1953. In honor of the 99th mayor of New York, who served three terms, today’s quiz is all about famous mayors.

1. This is a two-part question: Now a U.S. Senator, what author of a 2016 book of nonfiction called Our Revolution won his first office by a dozen votes in 1981 when he became the mayor of which city, Vermont’s largest?
2. Coming from a political family that has also held positions like White House Chief of Staff and Cook County Commissioner, what is the last name of the men who held the Chicago mayor’s office for more than 30 years combined since 1955?
3. Portrayed by Ashlee Temple in the 2008 Gus Van Zandt biopic Milk, now-U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein was the 38th mayor of what city from 1978-1988?
4. According to hacked emails posted by Wikileaks, Mayor Kasim Reed was on Hillary Clinton’s list of potential running mates. In April, Reed grew emotional when announcing that Delta Air Lines was signing a 20-year lease agreement to remain headquartered in what city?
5. After refusing to endorse New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s reelection campaign, Mark Sokolich was allegedly punished with some “traffic problems” at the George Washington Bridge that snarled traffic for days in 2013. What city is Mark Sokolich mayor of?

Extra credit

1. On a recent family vacation to the Boston area, the long-running television show family The Simpsons learned of a nearby city known as the “er, ah” City of Mayors. What was the name of this city?
2. Widely reported as having purchased the last available burial plot in Manhattan, what former New York City mayor and Congressman was laid to rest at Trinity Cemetery in 2013 after dying at age 88?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase MAYOR DINKINS. Rearrange the letters and you can spell two types of milk you might find at the grocery store. 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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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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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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