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 phrase RUN OF THE MILL. Change one letter to an A and you can rearrange the result to spell the eight-letter last name of a president and the four-letter name of a U.S. state. What are they?

Answer: If you change the N to an A, you can spell FILLMORE and UTAH.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "MACH" FIVE

On-air questions: On May 18, 1953, aviator Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier. During a run at Rogers Dry Lake, California, in a Sabre 3 aircraft, Cochran averaged just over 652 miles per hour and, at one point, hit Mach one – approximately 767 miles per hour – and broke the sound barrier. In her later career, Cochran also became, among other things, the first woman to land on and take off from an aircraft carrier and the first pilot to fly above 20,000 feet with an oxygen mask. Cochran still holds more distance and speed records than any other pilot, living or dead. To commemorate Cochran's achieving Mach one, each correct answer this week will contain a word that starts with the letters "mach".
1. What Peruvian landmark whose name translates as "old peak" was believed to have been constructed as an estate for a 15th-century Incan emperor, and was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983?
2. Often called the father of modern political science, what Italian politician and philosopher wrote The Prince in 1532, a work which in part prompted the use of an adjective form of the author's name as a synonym for duplicitous or cunning?
3. Although English inventor John Fisher built a device in 1844 that combined different elements of earlier innovations, including an overhanging arm and a feed mechanism, his patent was misfiled at the patent office, allowing U.S. inventor Isaac Merritt Singer to reap the benefits of the patent on the modern version of what time-saving device?
4. What Baltimore Orioles third baseman and shortstop was drafted in 2010, made his major league debut with the Orioles in 2012, and has since won two Gold Gloves and, in 2013, a Platinum Glove for being named the best defensive player in the American League?
5. What 1978 Village People song, taken from the album of the same name, was the group's first charting single in the U.S. and was used as the theme song to the 1996 remake of The Nutty Professor and the 2000 sequel?

Extra credit
1. Originating in Greek tragedy, where it referred to bringing actors playing gods on stage via mechanical means, what phrase now more generally refers to a plot device that resolves a problem in an unlikely, contrived way?
2. What name fills in the blank in these lyrics from a 1959 pop song: "Just a jackknife has old _____, babe /
And he keeps it out of sight"?

This week's challengeStart with the phrase MACH THREE. Change one letter to an S and you can spell a word for things that losers might ask for. 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 #201

Jul 3, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take stock of their first 200 shows with No. 201.

Any Questions #200

Jun 26, 2015
Jake Trott

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark 200 shows with a special guest.

Any Questions #199

Jun 19, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark Juneteenth by switching sides.

Any Questions #198

Jun 12, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a spin.

Any Questions #197

Jun 5, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are entering marshall law.

Any Questions #196

May 29, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are marking a milestone birthday.

Any Questions #195

May 22, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to find their way out of this week's show.

Any Questions #194

May 15, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are taking a tandem ride.

Any Questions #193

May 8, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are very excited for this week's show.

Any Questions #192

May 1, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are in a New York state of mind.

Any Questions #191

Apr 24, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a knee.

Any Questions #190

Apr 17, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are ducking trivia questions.

Any Questions #189

Apr 10, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel high-tail it for a quiz about comets.

Any Questions #188

Apr 3, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel join for a jaunt about Js.

Any Questions #187

Mar 27, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back (to-back).

Any Questions #186

Mar 20, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel break out the berets and Chablis.

Any Questions #185

Mar 13, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats once again.

Any Questions #184

Mar 6, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are heading west for this week's show.

Any Questions #183

Feb 27, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are dressed to the nines....uh, 14s.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase POST OFFICE. Change one letter to an E and you can rearrange the result to spell the two-word name (6, 4) for things that you can probably find in most break rooms. What are they?
Answer: If you change the I to an E, you can spell COFFEE POTS.

Any Questions #182

Feb 20, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel send a different kind of audio postcard.

Any Questions #181

Feb 13, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to be good men.

Any Questions #180

Feb 6, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on the 40th president.

Any Questions #179

Jan 30, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go back to the before-and-after well.

Any Questions #178

Jan 23, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are staying up past their bedtime this week.

Any Questions #177

Jan 16, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go to MIT the only way they can: vicariously.

Any Questions #176

Jan 9, 2015

Hold the phone. WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back.

Any Questions #175

Jan 2, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip around the map of names.

Any Questions #174

Dec 26, 2014

It's that time of year: the trivia clearance sale.

Any Questions #173

Dec 19, 2014

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about people with colors in their names.

Any Questions #172

Dec 12, 2014

If you can see through the smoke and scotch fumes, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have a quiz about the Rat Pack.

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