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 term SPACE SHUTTLE. Rearrange the letters and you can spell an eight-letter group of people and a four-letter kind of equipment that group might use. Hint: Both words are plural.

Answer: ATHLETES and CUPS.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: TWENTY-THREE

On-air questions: On July 28, 1984, the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Summer Olympics – officially, the Games of the XXIII Olympiad – took place in Los Angeles, California. It was Los Angeles' second time hosting the Olympics (the first was in 1932). Fourteen Eastern Bloc nations boycotted the 1984 Olympics in response to a U.S.-led boycott of the 1980 games in Moscow. Despite the boycott, a record 140 nations sent athletes to the Games, and eighteen countries including Bangladesh and the British Virgin Islands competed for the first time. To commemorate the Games of the XXIII Olympiad, this week our questions are about the number twenty-three.

1. The cover of a 1969 album features a creature called a Blue Meanie with the number 23 on his chest. The album is the soundtrack to – and shares its name with – an animated film, during which the band is attacked by the Blue Meanies. The musicians eventually prevail and save Pepperland. What is the colorful shared title of the album and the film?
2. Twenty-three, a 1988 orchestral composition for thirteen violins, five violas, and five cellos, is meant to be performed without a conductor, with each of the musicians determining when to begin playing their part. It was written by what avant-garde composer, perhaps most famous for his 1952 work 4'33", in which the musicians do not play their instruments for the duration of the piece?
3. While the exact origin of the phrase "23 skidoo" is unknown, one popular theory posits that it came from the practice of police officers to give the "23 skidoo" to men – that is, tell them to scram – when they were caught waiting for women's skirts to be blown upward by the wind gusts that swirled around what triangular-shaped building, located at the intersection of 23rd Street, Fifth Avenue, and Broadway in New York City?
4. The 2007 psychological thriller The Number 23 stars Jim Carrey as a man who is given a book called The Number 23 as a birthday present and becomes obsessed with the number. It was directed by Joel Schumacher, and is the second time Schumacher directed Jim Carrey. The first was what 1995 superhero film?
5. Based in Mountain View, CA, the biotechnology company 23andMe offers genetic testing services to individuals seeking information on their predisposition to certain medical conditions. The company's name references the fact that each human cell contains 23 pairs of what?

Extra credit

1. The number 23 is one of six mysterious numbers that frequently occur throughout the six seasons of what critically-acclaimed drama series?
2. Over the years, 26 different players have worn jersey number 23 for the New York Yankees. The last person to do so was what player, who wore it from 1984 to 1995 and had the number retired in his honor in 1997?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase LOS ANGELES. Add a letter and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (five letters, six letters) for something a future attorney gets in school. What is it?

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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Sep 5, 2014

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

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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.

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Aug 15, 2014

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

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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.

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Aug 1, 2014

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

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Jul 25, 2014

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

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Jul 18, 2014

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

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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.

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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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