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 words TREASURY and STATE. Change one letter to an S and you can rearrange the result to spell a five-letter word for what a brave person does and an eight-letter word for what a not-so-brave person does. What are the words?

Answer: If you change the U to an S, you can spell STAYS and RETREATS.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: FAMOUS PENNYS

On-air questions: On September 22, 2008, four new designs for the reverse of the U.S. one-cent coin were unveiled in a ceremony held, appropriately enough, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The four designs used on the coins represent the four stages of Lincoln's life: his early childhood in Kentucky, his time in Indiana, his political life in Illinois, and his presidency. The coins featuring the designs were released one at a time at three-month intervals starting on February 12, 2009, Lincoln's 200th birthday. To commemorate the coins, this week our questions are about famous Pennys.

1. Who directed four episodes of the sitcom Laverne & Shirley between 1979 and 1981, appeared as herself in a 1983 episode of Taxi, and made her feature-film directing debut with 1986's Jumpin' Jack Flash?
2. Portrayed by actress Michelle Trachtenberg in a 1999 live-action film based on the original cartoon, Penny is the niece of what bumbling policeman, frequently credited with foiling the evil schemes of Dr. Claw, even though it is usually Penny and her dog Brain that actually save the day?
3. What two-word term, which references both the cheap price of the books and their focus on stories about criminals and other seedy topics, was first applied to a specific genre of literature originating in Victorian Britain, but was subsequently more broadly applied to any such inexpensive publication of sensational serialized fiction?
4. Penny Pritzker served as the 38th Secretary of Commerce, serving from June of 2013 through January of 2017. Since 1979, her family has funded -- and lent its name to – an annual prize to an individual whose work has "produced consistent and significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of" what field?
5. According to a 1967 song, what road has "a barber showing photographs", "a banker with a motorcar", "a fireman with an hourglass", and is in the singer's ears and eyes, "beneath the blue suburban skies"?

Extra credit

1. Penny, whose last name has never been revealed, is the across-the-hall neighbor of two people with the last named Cooper and Hofstadter on what sitcom?
2. In 2006, pitcher Brad Penny joined a group of Major League Baseball pitchers who, because of the so-called "uncaught third strike" rule, have struck out four pitchers in one inning. Penny was the winning pitcher in two games of the 2003 World Series and won a ring with what team?

This week's challenge

Start with the phrase PENNY-FARTHING. Change one letter to an A (not the one that's already there) and you can rearrange the result to spell the two-word name of something used for cooking and a four-letter word for something you need while you're using that thing. 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. 

Any Questions #166

Oct 31, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a break from fun size candy bars and popcorn balls for a tangentially Halloween-themed quiz.

Any Questions #165

Oct 24, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the World Series with a show about other series.

Any Questions #164

Oct 17, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to mask their Nobel envy.

Any Questions #163

Oct 10, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate a crucial part of WAMC fund drives: the volunteers.

Any Questions #162

Oct 3, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots this week for a show about the O.J. Simpson trial.

Any Questions #161

Sep 26, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have been training for this show for 160 weeks.

Any Questions #160

Sep 19, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate International Talk Like a Pirate Day.

Any Questions #159

Sep 12, 2014
Wordplay

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome a special guest player to the show.

Any Questions #158

Sep 5, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the start of season four.

Any Questions #157

Aug 29, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quick trivia battle.

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Aug 22, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to score a 666 out of 5.

Any Questions #155

Aug 15, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothangel cast a spell over radioland.

Any Questions #154

Aug 8, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel dig out the Casey Jones and April O'Neil action figures on this national holiday.

Any Questions #153

Aug 1, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about Music Television.

Any Questions #152

Jul 25, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel dust off the turntable for a visit to Laurel Canyon.

Any Questions #151

Jul 18, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are joined by special guest player Walter Hickey of FiveThirtyEight.

Any Questions #150

Jul 11, 2014

To celebrate show No. 150, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel head 150 years back in time.

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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.

Any Questions #148

Jun 27, 2014

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

Any Questions #147

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.

Any Questions #144

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.

Any Questions #140

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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