Any Questions?

Friday at 6:25 p.m. on Northeast Report Late Edition

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 venues. 

Last week's challenge

Start with the cereal brand GRAPE-NUTS. Change one letter to an L, then rearrange the result to spell the two-word name (six letters in the first word, three letters in the second) of a hand-held tool. What is it?

Answer: If you change the R to an L, you can spell STAPLE GUN.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: LET IT "B.E."

On-air questions: On April 18th, 1970, "Let It Be" by the Beatles was the No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was the song's second week at number one, and was ousted the following week by "ABC" by the Jackson 5. This week, we'll "let it be" with a quiz in which each of the correct answers is a two-word phrase where the first word starts with B and the second starts with E.

1. Coined in 1969 by American mathematician Edward Lorenz, what term refers to the idea that a slight change in the initial conditions of a situation can result in dramatic differences later on?
2. What 2000 film set during the U.K. coal miners' strike in the mid-1980s tells the story of an 11-year-old aspiring ballet dancer, and was adapted into a musical that premiered in London's West End in 2005?
3. What NFL quarterback played most famously with the Cincinnati Bengals from 1984 to 1992, and currently holds a number of records among left-handed quarterbacks, including most touchdown passes and most passing yards?
4. In existence from the mid-4th century to the mid-15th century, and originally ruled by the emperor Constantine the Great, what name is now commonly used for the Greek-speaking continuation of the eastern half of the Roman Empire?
5. Appropriately, the patriotic blue Muppet named Sam – who often attempted to bring "dignity and class" to what he called the "low-brow" entertainment on The Muppet Show – is what species of bird?

Extra Credit

1. What longtime broadcaster interviewed Charles Osgood for his final interview on NPR's Morning Edition, almost 25 years after he interviewed Osgood for his first interview on that program?
2. What series of educational DVDs for preschool children found itself at the center of controversy when a 2007 study by the University of Washington suggested that watching such videos decreased the rate of children's language development?

This week's challenge

Start with a six-letter word beginning with L for a person who does menial jobs and errands. Add a B to the front of the word and an E to end, and you'll get a two-word phrase (five letters in the first word, three letters in the second) that names something you might get after a fight. Who is the person and what is the thing?

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 venues. Often, Mike and Ian switch seats or feature guest answers, 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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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Any Questions? #59

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

Last week's challenge

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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Any Questions? #58

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?

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Arts & Culture
6:26 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Any Questions #57

It's Stupid Question day at AQ Elementary

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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Arts & Culture
6:25 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Any Questions #56

Benedict Arnold

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.

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Arts & Culture
5:18 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Any Questions #55

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

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Arts & Culture
9:07 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Any Questions #54

Felix Mendelssohn digs this week's show

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

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Arts & Culture
4:56 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Any Questions #53

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

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Arts & Culture
11:00 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Any Questions #52

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

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Arts & Culture
7:26 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Any Questions #51

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all about the Brians this week.

Last week's challenge
Gold is the traditional gift for a 50th anniversary, so here's a challenge inspired by that: Think of a 5-letter word beginning with P that describes something flat. Add AU (as in the chemical symbol for gold) to the end of this word, and you'll get another word that describes something flat. What are the words?

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Arts & Culture
7:19 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Any Questions #50

Time flies when you're having trivia: WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark their 50th show.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name of the explorer LEIF ERICSON. Change one letter to a D, then rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (five letters in the first word, six letters in the second) that names a person you might take a road trip with. Who is it?
Answer: If you change an I to a D, you can spell CLOSE FRIEND.

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