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 THE COMEDY STORE. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a six-letter tool associated with agriculture, and an eight-letter instrument associated with cars. What are the words?

Answer: The words are SCYTHE and ODOMETER.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: GALAXIES

On-air questions: On October 13, 1773, what would become known as the Whirlpool Galaxy was discovered by astronomer Charles Messier. Originally called M51 in Messier's catalog of nebulae, star clusters, galaxies, and other objects in space, the Whirlpool Galaxy was the first one to be classified as a spiral galaxy, the same classification as would eventually be applied to the Milky Way. To commemorate the discovery of the Whirlpool Galaxy, this week our questions are about galaxies.

1. In 2016, production and sales of a smartphone called the Galaxy Note 7 were halted after customers experienced problems with the batteries, some due to defects in the batteries and some because of manufacturing issues with the replacement phones. What company recalled the Galaxy Note 7?
2. A brand of milk chocolate known as Galaxy in the United Kingdom, Ireland, India, and other countries is known as Dove in the U.S. and other places. In 2014, Galaxy was the second-highest selling brand of chocolate bar behind what classic English chocolate brand?
3. In the original 1969 comics, the group included Major Vance Astro, Captain Charlie-27, Starhawk, and Aleta. In the 2008 version – and in two feature films based on that version – it includes Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, and Groot. By what collective name do we know these teams of superheroes?
4. Founded in 1994, the Major League Soccer club called the L.A. Galaxy made headlines in 2007 when they announced the signing of what player, who, prior to his time with the Galaxy, played for Real Madrid and Manchester United?
5. In 2015, typing "A long, long time ago in a galaxy far, far away" into a Google search box returned results that crawled from the bottom of the screen to the top while the theme song to what movie franchise played in the background?

Extra credit

1. In its final issue in 2014, the official magazine of what company named Super Mario Galaxy as the greatest game it produced throughout its history?
2. A February 1951 issue magazine called Galaxy Science Fiction published a story titled "The Fireman." The story would later be expanded and released as a novel (under a different title) by what author?

This week's challenge

Start with the word ANDROMEDA. Add a letter and you can rearrange the result to spell the ten-letter title of a film about an asteroid. What is the title?

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? #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.

Any Questions #56

Sep 21, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch sides this week for a quiz about historical figures (and quasi-historical figures) who also switched sides.

Last week's challenge: Start with the phrase SUPREME COURT. Rearrange these 12 letters to spell a two-word phrase (eight letters in the first word, four letters in the second) that names someone who's technologically savvy. Who is it?

Answer: The person is a COMPUTER USER.

Any Questions #55

Sep 14, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel don their finest black robes for a show about famous court cases.

Any Questions #54

Sep 7, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel kick off season two of the little quiz program that could.

Any Questions #53

Aug 31, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel wrap up the first season of the show with a segment all about The Beatles.

Any Questions #52

Aug 24, 2012

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have the munchies for purely wholesome reasons.

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