Any Questions?

Friday at 6:25 p.m. on Northeast Report Late Edition
  • Hosted by Ian Pickus
  • Local Host Mike Nothnagel and Ian Pickus

Last week's challenge: Start with the phrase OPERA SINGER. Rearrange the letters to spell a two-word phrase (four letters, seven letters) for things you might pick from a tree. What are they?

Answer: If you rearrange the letters, you can spell RIPE ORANGES.
 

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: FAMOUS PHOENIXES

On-air questions: On September 23, 2002, a web browser named Phoenix was released. Named because it (metaphorically) rose from the ashes of the browser Netscape Navigator after it was effectively eliminated from the market by Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Phoenix was renamed Firefox, the name it retains today. To commemorate Phoenix's humble beginnings, this week our questions are about famous phoenixes.

1. Phoenix was the name given to one of the three versions of the Dart, a car model first introduced in 1960. Along with the basic Seneca and the mid-level Pioneer, the Phoenix was the premium version of the Dart. What automobile company manufactured the Dart?
2. Introduced in 1828 by Governor Ioannis Kapodistrias, the phoenix was a unit of currency created to stabilize some of the economic chaos in a newly-independent nation. Largely unsuccessful, the phoenix was replaced some four years later by the drachma (which itself was replaced in 2001 by the euro) in what country?
3. Portrayed by actress Famke Janssen in five films, the comic book character Jean Grey has suffered multiple deaths, one of which resulted in her rebirth and transformation into a character called Phoenix. This storyline, often referred to as "The Phoenix Saga" by fans, is part of what comics series?
4. Albus Dumbledore, Frank and Alice Longbottom, Severus Snape, and several members of the Weasley family are members of what fictional secret society, formed to fight Lord Voldemort and his followers?
5. After being credited as Leaf for his first four motion picture roles between 1985 and 1989, what actor has had roles in over 20 films, including three for which he was nominated for an Academy Award?

Extra credit

1. Of the five major league sports teams that play in Phoenix – the NBA's Suns, the NHL's Coyotes, the WNBA's Mercury, MLB's Diamondbacks, and the NFL's Cardinals – which is the only one to have never used the city as part of their name?
2. Based on a 1964 novel, what 1965 film about a group of people struggling to survive an emergency landing in the desert and starring James Stewart was remade in 2004 with Dennis Quaid in Stewart's role?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase OPERA SINGER. Rearrange the letters to spell a two-word phrase (four letters, seven letters) for things you might pick from a tree. 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? #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.

Any Questions? #73

Jan 18, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel rally for a for a quiz about protests.

Any Questions? #72

Jan 11, 2013

Hosted by WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, this week’s Any Questions? focuses on the initials “DH.”

Any Questions? #71

Jan 4, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are thrilled to welcome a special guest player, John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants.

Any Questions? #70

Dec 28, 2012

With 2012 coming to a close, it's time for Ian and Mike to clear the shelves of old trivia.

Any Questions? #69

Dec 21, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel undertake what might well be their very last show.

Last week's challenge
Think of an eight-letter word beginning with T that names a part of an airport. Change one letter to an O to spell the name of a foreign city. What is the word and what is the city?
Answer: The word is TERMINAL. If you change the T to an O, you can spell MONTREAL.

Any Questions? #68

Dec 14, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take to the friendly skies with a quiz about airplanes.

Any Questions? #67

Dec 7, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip to the first state, Delaware.

Any Questions? #66

Nov 30, 2012

Perhaps paving the way for their own greatest hits release, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel reflect this week on landmark albums.

Any Questions? #65

Nov 26, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel embark on a show about Doctor "Who."

Any Questions? #64

Nov 16, 2012

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats on this week’s Any Questions, which focuses on UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Any Questions? #63

Nov 9, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark the end of campaign season with a show about vice presidents.

Any Questions? #62

Nov 2, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel do their best to live up to their category this week: famous radio broadcasts.

Last week's challenge
Think of a seven-letter word beginning with A that names a part of the human body. Switch the first two letters and you'll get a two-word phrase that names something a superstitious person doesn't like. What is the body part and what is the thing?
Answer: The body part is the ABDOMEN, and the thing is a BAD OMEN.

Any Questions? #61

Oct 26, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on human anatomy on this week's show.

Any Questions? #60

Oct 19, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try some sleight of hand with a show about magic.

Any Questions? #59

Oct 12, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip to the great white way.

Last week's challenge

Any Questions? #58

Oct 5, 2012
Touchstone Pictures

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel embark on a trivial pursuit of happiness with a Before and After show.

Last week's challenge
Think of two five-letter synonyms for “stupid person.” One starts with D, and the other starts with I. Drop one letter, and you can rearrange the remaining nine letters to spell a process that a stupid person probably isn't very good at. What are the synonyms and what is the process?

Any Questions #57

Sep 28, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel finally cut to the heart of their show: this week's quiz is all about stupid questions.

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