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 of punk icons BAD RELIGION. Rearrange the letters and you can spell two words (3, 8) that might be used to make fried chicken. What are the words?

Answer: BREADING and OIL.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "G.E."

On-air questions: It's our 300th show! Another show that ran for 300 episodes: General Electric Theater. Running from February 1953 to June 1962, the 302-episode anthology show hosted by Ronald Reagan was broadcast on both CBS radio and television. The episodes that aired on television were almost exclusively adaptations of a short story, novel, or other work of fiction. In 1962, Reagan was fired as host and the series cancelled after Reagan defended remarks he made opposing the Tennessee Valley Authority, calling it a problem of "big government." To commemorate our fellow 300-episode show, this week each correct answer has the initials G.E.

1. Initially released in June of 2001, what computer program uses imaging provided by NASA to provide a searchable three-dimensional view of almost the entire globe, and, since 2008, integrates a perspective called Street View, which allows users to explore parts of selected cities at ground level?
2. What singer is backed by a band originally called the Miami Latin Boys, had the first number-one album on the Billboard Top Latin Albums when it was established in 1993, and is the subject (along with her husband Emilio) of a Broadway musical titled On Your Feet!, which premiered in 2015?
3. First used as a term in 1901, what is the common name for the process by which radiation from a planet's surface causes the surface temperature of the planet to rise above what it would be without those atmospheric mechanisms?
4. What 1861 novel is the second of the author's novels to be fully narrated in the first person – in this case, by an orphan named Pip – following 1850's David Copperfield, and features characters such as Miss Havisham, her daughter Estella, and a convict named Abel Magwitch?
5. What London district, notable for its maritime history, is more well-known today for sitting on the meridian located at 0° longitude and for being home to a royal observatory with a clock whose time is used as the basis for a timekeeping standard?

Extra credit

1. In the 1971 film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the character of Veruca Salt sings a song titled "I Want It Now!" Her song is a reaction to Wonka's refusal to sell her father an animal that produces what?
2. Who is the namesake of a Rochester, New York museum which, upon its opening in 1949, was one of only two museums in the U.S. (along with the Museum of Modern Art) with both a photography department and a film department?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase GOOGLE EARTH. Drop one letter, and you can rearrange the result to spell two five-letter words, one for a building and one for a natural formation, both of which you might see on Google Earth. 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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Jul 4, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a break from the poolside grill for a show about the Declaration.

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Jun 27, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a tour of awards.

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Jun 20, 2014

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

Last week's challenge
Start with a key two-word phrase heard in many television recitations of the Miranda rights. Rearrange the letters in these two words and you can name a six-letter member of the military and a six-letter action that person has taken. What are the words?
Answer: REMAIN SILENT, MARINE ENLIST

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Jun 13, 2014

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

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Jun 6, 2014

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

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May 30, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are dressed to the, uh, twelves for this week's show.

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May 23, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel spend a few minutes on one name.

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May 16, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a ride to Virginia.

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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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