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 name MAPLE LEAFS. Change one letter to an L and you can rearrange the letters to spell a two-word phrase (four letters, six letters) for what you might do at a really boring sporting event. What is the phrase?

Answer: Change the M to and L and you can spell FALL ASLEEP.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "THANKS"

On-air questions: This week has been WAMC’s June Fund Drive — a time for listeners, members and station staff alike to descend on pledge central to keep the station, and programs like this, alive. As you know from our post-drive promos, for every pledge that comes across the table, we give a hearty thanks. So today’s show is all about thanks.

1. A 2006 dark comedy starring Aaron Eckhardt, directed by Jason Reitman and based on a Christopher Buckley novel of the same name follows the exploits of tobacco lobbyist Nick Naylor, gun lobbyist Bobby Jay Bliss and alcohol lobbyist Polly Bailey, who call themselves the Merchants of Death. What is the name of this film?
2. The B-side to the 1963 U.K. single “From Me To You,” the song “Thank You Girl” later reemerged as the B-side to the song “Do You Want To Know A Secret.” “Thank You Girl” was originally credited to what songwriting partnership, an inversion of the more common name that settled in later?
3. A 1998 pop single called “Thank U” features the singer thanking India, terror, disillusionment, frailty, consequence and silence in that order. The controversial music video features that singer nude in locations like a subway car, a supermarket, and on the street. Who sings “Thank U” ?
4. Angering many grammarians, Thank You Fans minus the comma after “you” was written on the playing surface when what major league sport returned following a lockout in 2004-05 that caused the cancellation of the season and annual awards like the Vezina Trophy?
5. A recurring gag on late night TV in recent years has been thank-you notes, including to “bowling, for giving me an excuse to drink somebody else’s shoes on” and to people “who say I really shouldn’t, for letting me know you’re about to eat a lot of my fries.” What College of St. Rose alum is responsible for this gag?

Extra credit

1. Thank you often comes up in song lyrics in other languages. One of the best examples of this is in a 1983 song by the band Styx, in which what title character is thanked in Japanese?
2. Taking its title from a signed photo that becomes a plot point, what 1995 comedy stars John Leguizamo, Patrick Swayze and Wesley Snipes and features cameos by Robin Williams, Naomi Campbell and RuPaul?

This week's challenge
Start with the words CRANK and RADIO. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a four-letter food and a six-letter condition you don’t want your food to be in. 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. 

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Dec 27, 2013

Everything must go here on the last show of the year with WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Dec 20, 2013

Fire up the yule log: WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on Christmas movies.

Any Questions? #120

Dec 13, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a visit to New Zealand.

Any Questions? #119

Dec 6, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on Washington monuments.

Last week's challenge
The important multiple of 333, 666, figures heavily in a key book of the bible. Rearrange the letters of this 10-letter bible book to spell a two-word phrase, six letters in the first word, four in the second, that can describe the action in this particular bible book. As a hint, each word begins with a vowel.

Answer: The bible book is Revelation, which can be rearranged to spell ORNATE EVIL.

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Nov 29, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spors for a show about threes this week.

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Nov 22, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all about Georges on this week's show.

Any Questions? #116

Nov 15, 2013
Ben Zimmer

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome Ben Zimmer to the show. 

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Nov 8, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on Montana.

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Nov 1, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on bridges.

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Oct 25, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark the Fall Classic with a show about series.

Any Questions? #112

Oct 18, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on family bands.

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Oct 11, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome another guest to play.

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Oct 4, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about people who go by their initials.

Last week's challenge

Start with the phrase SEARCH ENGINE. Drop one letter, then rearrange the rest to spell a six-letter word and a five-letter word that each name a part of a laptop computer. What are the words?

Answer: If you change the A to an E, you can spell SCREEN and HINGE.
 
THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: PEOPLE WITH INITIALS

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Sep 27, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on Google's doodles.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name of last week's featured award, the PALME D'OR. Change one letter to an E and rearrange the result to spell the two-word name of a type of tree. What is it?
Answer: If you change the O to an E, you can spell RED MAPLE.

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Sep 20, 2013

Last week's challenge
Start with the 10-letter name of a town on the Hudson River. Change the U to a V, then rearrange the result to spell a word naming places that many history buffs visit. What is the town and what are the places?
Answer: The town is SAUGERTIES, and if you follow the directions you can spell GRAVESITES.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: THE PALME D'OR

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Sep 13, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip down the Hudson.

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Sep 6, 2013
They Might Be Giants

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh back to the program for a quiz about repetition.

Any Questions? #105

Aug 30, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on “hot” things.

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Aug 23, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on famous Franklins.

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Aug 16, 2013
SI

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on past Sports Illustrated’s Sportsmen of the Year.

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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.

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Aug 2, 2013

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

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Jul 26, 2013

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

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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?

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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.

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Jun 21, 2013

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

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Jun 14, 2013

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

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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?

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