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 word COMBINATION. Drop one letter and you can rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (two letters, eight letters) for what a lazy person has. What is the phrase?

Answer: If you drop a C, you can spell NO AMBITION.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: PERFECT GAMES

On-air questions: On this date in 1907, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Ed Karger pitched a perfect game against the Boston Doves, a 3-0 victory in St. Louis. But…..it was the second game of a doubleheader and was scheduled for only seven innings, so it is not officially recognized by major league baseball as one of the sports 23 perfect games (as of this show). Karger would eventually finish his six-year career with the Boston Red Sox. In honor of the perfect game that wasn’t, today’s show is all about other perfect games.

1. On Yogi Berra Day in 1999, which marked the Yankees Hall of Fame catcher’s first visit back to the stadium after he was fired as manager 14 years earlier. On that day, Yankees pitcher David Cone threw an 88-pitch perfect game against Montreal. In attendance was retired pitcher Don Larsen, the only player in the sport’s history to pitch a perfect game when?
2. The 2009 film The Perfect Game is based on the 1957 Little League World Series — the first to be won by a non-U.S. team, the Monterrey, Mexico Industrial Little League. The film’s title comes from the fact that pitcher Angel Macias threw the tournament’s first and only perfect game in the championship game to seal the win. That title game took place in the “birthplace of Little League” in Williamsport in what state?
3. Then-Arizona Diamondbacks manager Bob Brenly summed up Randy Johnson’s 2004 perfect game against the Atlanta Braves by saying it was “one of those nights where a superior athlete was on top of his game.” In addition to tossing one of just 23 perfectos in baseball history, Johnson is also one of the game’s tallest pitchers ever. At 6-foot-10, Johnson is three inches taller than what current Yankees right field sensation?
4. On July 28, 1994, Texas Rangers lefthander Kenny Rogers needed 98 pitches to toss a perfect game against the California Angels. The Rangers were paced offensively by home runs from Jose Canseco and Ivan Rodriguez, who joined the Hall of Fame last month. But Rogers pitched only two more times that summer, including a loss on August 7th. Why?
5. Only two teams have had three perfect games in their history: the Yankees and the Chicago White Sox. Only two teams have had three perfect games thrown against them, the Dodgers and what 1998 expansion team, which became the second major league franchise in Florida?

Extra credit

1. The 1994 film The Scout ends with pitcher Steve Nebraska, played by Brendan Fraser, throwing a perfect game — on all strikeouts for the Yankees. The scout in the title is played by what actor, who was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for 1988’s Broadcast News?
2. The highlight of Dallas Braden’s five-year career all spent with the same team was a 2010 perfect game. Braden played Little League baseball about 70 miles to the east in Stockton, Calif. With what big league team did he throw his perfect game?

This week's challenge
Start with the word "no-hitters." Rearrange the letters and you can spell a six-letter noun and a three-letter verb you do on the noun. 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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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.

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?

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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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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.

Any Questions? #88

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

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.

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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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Feb 15, 2013

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

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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.

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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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Jan 18, 2013

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

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