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 SAW DOUBLE. Change one letter to an F and you can rearrange the result to spell a three-word phrase (four letters, one letter, four letters) for what you might do if you use too much electricity. What is the phrase?

Answer: If you change the D to an F, you can spell BLOW A FUSE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "AC" AND "LU"

On-air questions: On January 20, 1920, the American Civil Liberties Union was founded. Formed by the directors of an organization called the National Civil Liberties Bureau – whose focus was primarily on freedom of speech issues and supporting conscientious objectors during World War I – the ACLU continued the freedom of speech work done by its predecessor, but concentrated on issues within the labor movement. Over the decades, the ACLU has been involved with a wide range of civil liberties issues, including Native American rights, separation of church and state, and anti-war activism. To commemorate the ACLU's founding, each correct answer this week will start with either the letters AC or LU.

1. Created in 1962 when an employee of General Mills had the idea to combine Cheerios with bits of Circus Peanuts candy, what product originally had four different colored marshmallows, and over the years has featured such shapes as pine trees, whales, and hourglasses?
2. While its first use in a metaphorical sense dates to an 1840 story by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, what phrase comes from Greek mythology, where it refers to the one place on a young child the waters of the River Styx – which would supposedly bestow invulnerability – did not touch when his mother dipped him in the river?
3. Recorded in 1968 and originally released on a 1969 benefit album titled No One's Gonna Change Our World, released to support the World Wildlife Fund, what Beatles song later appeared on the Let It Be album, and was used as the title for a 2007 film whose plot borrows heavily from compositions by the group?
4. What superhero first appeared in 1972 at the height of the Blaxploitation genre, gained superhuman strength and unbreakable skin after being subjected to an experimental procedure, and is portrayed by actor Mike Colter in two Netflix original series, Jessica Jones and one named after the character?
5. On a Monopoly board, what space sits between Park Place and Boardwalk and forces a player who lands on it to pay $75 to the bank (at least in the classic edition of the game)?

Extra credit

1. What organic compound, known scientifically as ethanoic acid, derives its common name from the Latin word for vinegar, which is approximately 3 percent to 9 percent of the compound by volume?
2. What actress became, in 2014, the first Kenyan actress to win an Academy Award, earning the honor for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film 12 Years a Slave?

This week's challenge
Start with the words LIBERTY and RIGHT. Rearrange the letters to spell two six-letter words: an animal and a number. 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. 

Any Questions? #102

Aug 9, 2013

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

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase MIND THE GAP. Change one letter to an S then rearrange the result to spell a word starting with S that names an action that would most likely be unsafe in a subway tunnel. What is the word?

Answer: If you change an H to an S, you can spell Stampeding.

Any Questions? #101

Aug 2, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip on the London Underground.

Any Questions? #100

Jul 26, 2013

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

Any Questions? #99

Jul 19, 2013

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?

Any Questions? #98

Jul 12, 2013

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

Any Questions? #97

Jul 5, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate summer with the first in a series of dog days shows.

Any Questions? #96

Jun 28, 2013
Robert Dodge

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.

Any Questions? #95

Jun 21, 2013

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

Any Questions? #94

Jun 14, 2013

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

Any Questions? #93

Jun 7, 2013

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?

Any Questions? #92

May 31, 2013
CBS News

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.

Any Questions? #91

May 24, 2013

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

Any Questions? #90

May 17, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on famous scandals tagged with the “-gate” moniker.

Any Questions? #89

May 10, 2013
Rotten Tomatoes

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate tomatoes.

Any Questions? #88

May 3, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on New Hampshire on this week's quiz.

Any Questions? #87

Apr 26, 2013
Charlie Ross

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome Charlie Ross of One-Man Star Wars to play.

Any Questions? #86

Apr 19, 2013

It's all about 33 on this week's show, featuring resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus.

Any Questions? #85

Apr 12, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on shots this week.

Last week's challenge
Start with the last name of a famous American military man. Rearrange the letters into three words than could have been newspaper headlines about this person four years apart. Who is the person and what is the headline?

Any Questions? #84

Apr 5, 2013

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

Last week's challenge

Start with the names of two national basketball championship schools: UCLA and DUKE. Change one letter to an M, and rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (three letters in the first word, five words in the second) associated with many college graduates. What is the phrase?

Answer: If you change the K to an M, you can spell CUM LAUDE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: MILITARY MEN

Any Questions? #83

Apr 1, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel wrap up their run of March Madness shows with a quiz inspired by the NCAA tourney.

Any Questions? #82

Mar 22, 2013

Hosted by WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, this week’s Any Questions? continues a run of March Madness shows – this one focusing on John Philip Sousa.

Any Questions? #81

Mar 15, 2013

Hosted by WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, this week’s Any Questions? continues a run of March Madness shows – this one focusing on famous literary rabbits.

Any Questions? #80

Mar 8, 2013

Hosted by WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, this week’s Any Questions? continues a run of March Madness shows – this one focusing on famous sisters.

Any Questions? #79

Mar 1, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel begin a month of March Madness with this week's program, which focuses on documentaries.

Any Questions? #78

Feb 22, 2013

There's no echo in the studio. Hosted by WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, this week’s Any Questions? features guests Ian Chillag and Mike Danforth, producers of Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me and hosts of the podcast How To Do Everything.

Any Questions? #77

Feb 15, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel run their latest quiz right up the flagpole.

Any Questions? #76

Feb 8, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have a royal time on a show about queens.

Any Questions? #75

Feb 1, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz about the silver screen.

Mike Nothnagel

WAMC's resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel normally spends his Fridays asking questions on the quiz segment Any Questions?, heard during Northeast Report around 6:25 p.m. This week, he's pulling double duty.

Nothnagel recently recorded a guest appearance on the NPR program Ask Me Another after qualifying on a practice quiz. He competed in a word game on the actual show, taped in Brooklyn.

Any Questions? #74

Jan 25, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip across the pond for a quiz about Scotland.

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