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 words CENTER and MIDDLE. Change one letter to an A and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (seven letters, five letters) that a client might text to his stock broker to tell him not to make a transaction. What is the phrase?

Answer: If you change the M to an A, you can spell DECLINE TRADE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: MIRACLES

On-air questions: On February 24, 1980 in Lake Placid, New York, the U.S. Olympic men's ice hockey team defeated the team from Finland 4-2 to take home the gold medal. Two days earlier, the U.S. came from behind to beat the team from the Soviet Union in a game famously known as the "Miracle on Ice". The defending gold medalists were up 3-2 after the second period, but the U.S. scored twice in the final period and won the game. The Miracle on Ice was named in 1999 by Sports Illustrated the top sports moment of the 20th century. To commemorate that iconic sports moment, this week our quiz is about miracles.

1. What product, first introduced at the 1933 World's Fair in Chicago, was developed by Kraft as a blend of mayonnaise and salad dressing, and was named for the emulsifying machine which combined its ingredients?
2. Its original version premiered on the anthology TV series Playhouse 90 in 1957. It was adapted into a 1959 Broadway play, a 1962 film – for which its two stars, Anne Bancroft and Patty Duke, both won Academy Awards – a 1979 TV movie, and a 2000 film. What is the title of this work?
3. In the 1947 film Miracle on 34th Street, a man named Kris Kringle complains about the intoxication of the Santa in the Thanksgiving Day parade, and is convinced to take his place. Based on his performance, Kringle is hired to play Santa in the flagship store – located on 34th Street – of what retailer?
4. They formed in Detroit, Michigan in 1955 as The Five Chimes, later became The Matadors, and in December of 1960, the singing group most famously known as Smokey Robinson and the Miracles became the first Motown act to appear on what popular weekly music and dance show?
5. Miracles, a 1947 nonfiction book that argues that before one can determine if miracles have occurred, one must resolve the question of whether miracles can occur in principle, was written by what author, three years after his novel The Screwtape Letters and three years before The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe?

Extra credit

1. Earning its nickname because of the unlikeliness of its rise to prominence in the city, a section of Wilshire Boulevard nicknamed the "Miracle Mile" features numerous museums, theaters, and stores, and runs near the La Brea Tar Pits in what city?
2. "Miracle Man" is the second track on the 1977 debut album My Aim is True by what singer/songwriter?

This week's challenge
Start with the phrase IT'S A MIRACLE. Change one letter to a B and you can rearrange the result to spell the two-word name (seven letters, four letters) of something often eaten in Indian restaurants. 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 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.

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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.

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Jul 5, 2013

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

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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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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.

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May 24, 2013

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

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May 17, 2013

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

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May 10, 2013
Rotten Tomatoes

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

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May 3, 2013

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

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Apr 26, 2013
Charlie Ross

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

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Apr 19, 2013

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

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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?

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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