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 name SAINT PATRICK. Change one letter to an O and you can rearrange the result to spell a five-letter word for someone who reads words for a living and a seven-letter word for someone who reads music for a living. What are the words?

Answer: If you change the K to an O, you can spell ACTOR and PIANIST.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: MOST POPULOUS U.S. CITIES

On-air questions: On March 24, 2011, data from the prior year's U.S. Census was released, showing that New York City was the most populous city in the United States. Its population at the time was over 8.1 million people, more than twice that of Los Angeles, the next city on the list. New York City is also the city with the highest population density: just over 27,000 people per square mile. In an effort to cater to as many public radio listeners as possible, this week our quiz is about the five most populous U.S. cities.

1. New York City is home to three of the world's most expensive stadiums (four if you count MetLife Stadium, the home of the New York Jets and the New York Giants, which is in East Rutherford, New Jersey). Two of the three are CitiField and Madison Square Garden. What's the third?
2. Located on Santa Monica Boulevard in the Westwood district of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles California Temple was dedicated in 1956 and was, at the time, the largest temple operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons). It was surpassed in size after renovations were completed on a temple in what city?
3. In December of 1942, physicist Enrico Fermi and his team initiated the first nuclear chain reaction in a facility built below the University of Chicago. This experiment – one which contributed to the creation of the atomic bomb – was part of what top secret initiative?
4. In 1967, Houston became known as "Space City" largely because of the presence of a NASA facility once known simply as the Manned Spacecraft Center. Home to a well-known mission control center (itself nicknamed "Houston"), the facility was renamed in 1973 for what recently-deceased U.S. president?
5. Philadelphia is the setting for many films, including the 2000 film Unbreakable and 2016's Split, directed by whom, a Philadelphia native whose cinematic twist endings have become a hallmark of his movies?

Extra credit

1. The Phoenix Art Museum, which opened in 1959, was designed by Alden Dow, an architect based in Michigan and known for his contributions to a style known as Michigan Modern. Dow was a student of what other famous American architect?
2. The Battle of the Alamo took place in San Antonio in late February and early March of 1836. What Mexican president launched the attack on the Alamo, only to be defeated the following month at the Battle of San Jacinto?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase MANY PEOPLE. Rearrange the letters to spell two five-letter words: one for a type of tree and one for a type of flower. What are they?

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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May 9, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about the Department of Justice.

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May 2, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip to Oklahoma.

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Apr 25, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and back in place for the weekly quiz.

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Apr 18, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel be in the studio once again this week.

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Apr 11, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have breakfast for dinner.

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Apr 4, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a tour through the NATO alphabet.

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Mar 28, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about geographic entities that have changed names.

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Mar 21, 2014

Earplugs in! WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on famous concerts this week.

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Mar 14, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel slice up a Pi Day quiz.

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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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