Any Questions?

Friday at 6:25 p.m. on Northeast Report Late Edition

Last week's challenge: Start with the words TROPHY and AWARD. Change one letter to a T (not the one that's already there) and you can rearrange the result to spell a three-word phrase (5, 1 ,5) for what you might do if you win an award. What is it?

Answer: If you change the D to a T, you can spell THROW A PARTY.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

On-air questions: Happy Independence Day! Today is July 4th, the day we commemorate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Let's see if you and our listeners can declare themselves experts on that document as you try your hand at some questions about the Declaration of Independence.

1. Commonly used today as a synonym for "signature" is the name of which signer of the Declaration of Independence, whose signature is the largest of the 56 names on the document?
2. In July of 1848, the first Woman's Rights Convention was organized by – among others – Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucretia Mott. They modeled their Declaration of Sentiments after the Declaration of Independence. In what upstate New York village was this convention held? 
3. A rough draft of the Declaration is housed in the Library of Congress. The copy signed by Congress – known as the "engrossed" copy – is on display in the National Archives in what is called the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom. What other two founding documents are displayed in this rotunda?
4. The Declaration of Independence plays a significant role in the the 2004 action film National Treasure. Which actor stars as Benjamin Franklin Gates, a historian and amateur cryptologist who tries to crack the coded map on the back of the Declaration?
5. Often believed to be a spelling error, what state's name was spelled above the list of signatories with a single N – as was the practice at the time – rather than the double-N spelling that was adopted some time later?

Extra Credit

1. After George Washington read the Declaration to his troops in New York City on July 7, 1776, a statue of whom was pulled down, and the lead used to make musket balls?
2. One of the three signatories from New Hampshire would later become governor of the state. What fictional president shares his name with this signatory (but spells his last name with one T at the end) and is, in the show, a direct descendant of the signatory?

This week's challenge

Start with the word DECLARATION. Change one letter to an M and you can rearrange the result to spell an eight-letter word and a three-letter word that each name a member of a particular Major League Baseball team. 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 venues. Often, Mike and Ian switch seats or feature guest answers, 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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6:25 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Any Questions? #100

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate their 100th episode.

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6:25 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Any Questions? #99

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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6:25 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Any Questions? #98

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with another dog days quiz.

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Fri July 5, 2013

Any Questions? #97

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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Fri June 28, 2013

Any Questions? #96

Trey Graham
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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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6:25 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Any Questions? #95

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on television parents.

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Fri June 14, 2013

Any Questions? #94

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on banned books.

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6:25 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Any Questions? #93

Guest player Doug Peterson

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome loyal listener Doug Peterson all the way from California to play.

Last week's challenge:

Start with the last name of an actor in All The President’s Men. If you add three letters, you can rearrange to name a key figure in the Watergate affair. Who are these people?

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6:25 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Any Questions? #92

Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of Watergate fame.
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about Watergate.

Last week's challenge
Think of a six-letter word starting with E associated with a famous codebreaking event in history. Change one letter to an R and rearrange the result to get another word associated with that event. What are the words?

Answer: The word is Enigma. If you replace the I with an R, you can rearrange the letters to spell German.

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Any Questions? #91

The telegraph

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel get ready for Memorial Day with a show about codes.

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