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 MAYOR DINKINS. Rearrange the letters and you can spell two types of milk you might find at the grocery store. What are the words?

Answer: The types of milk are SKIM and NON-DAIRY.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: 2016 Presidential Medal Of Freedom

On-air questions:  December 9, 1906 is the birthday of Grace Hopper, a computer scientist and Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy. Hopper (nicknamed “Amazing Grace”) developed the first compiler – a program that, essentially, translates one computer language into another – and helped popularize the idea of a so-called “machine-independent” computer language. Hopper died in 1992, but earlier this year she was one of the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. To commemorate Rear Admiral Hopper’s achievements, this week our questions are about other recipients of the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom.

1. Diana Ross, known for her solo singing career and her starring roles in movies including Lady Sings the Blues and The Wiz, rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Supremes. The Supremes are the most successful vocal group in the U.S. – racking up 12 number-one singles – and the most commercially-successful act that recorded with what label?
2. Actress Cicely Tyson, who won three Emmy Awards for her performances in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and The Oldest Living Confederate Wife Tells All, also played Binta, the mother of Kunta Kinte in what miniseries, based on a 1976 Alex Haley novel?
3. Elouise Cobell, the onetime treasurer of the Blackfeet Tribe, discovered irregularities in the way the United States was handling funds held in trust for the tribe. This eventually led to her acting as the plaintiff in Cobell v. Salazar a 1996 lawsuit against the Departments of the Interior and the Treasury. Though the distinction is sometimes disputed, Cobell v. Salazar is often cited as the largest lawsuit against the U.S of what type, in which a single person represents a large group of people?
4. Margaret Hamilton, the director of the Software Engineering Division at what was then known as the MIT Instrumentation Laboratory, led the team that created the on-board flight software for the command modules and the lunar modules for what NASA space program, which ran from 1961 to 1972?
5. Longtime broadcaster Vin Scully retired at the end of the 2016 Major League Baseball season after 66 years behind the microphone. In addition to his many memorable calls, his numerous awards and honors, Scully is the inspiration for the last name of one of the main characters on what science-fiction TV series?

Extra credit

1. Between the 1986-87 and 1997-98 NBA seasons, Michael Jordan led the league in points per game in all of them except one, which was also the only season between 1990-91 and 1997-98 that the Chicago Bulls did not win the NBA championship. What season was it?
2. Tom Hanks, Robert Redford, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, and Cicely Tyson have also received what prestigious award for lifetime achievement in the performing arts, named for the building in which the ceremonies take place?

This week's challenge
Start with the name GRACE HOPPER. Add a letter and you can rearrange the result to spell the five-letter name of a fruit and the seven-letter name of a fish. 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. 

Any Questions? #37

May 11, 2012

How meta is this? Youve logged on to our website to hear a quiz about famous computers. Also: a wormhole just opened up. Last weeks challenge
Think of a seven-letter word for an area often seen adjacent to a racetrack. Change the middle letter to an L, and the result will name something often used to keep an area secure. What is the area and what is the thing?
Answer: The area is a PADDOCK, and the thing is a PADLOCK.

THIS WEEKS CATEGORY: FAMOUS COMPUTERS
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Any Questions? #36

May 4, 2012

WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have mixed some mint juleps and studied the lyrics of My Old Kentucky Home in anticipation of this weeks show, an ode to the Kentucky Derby and horse racing. Last weeks challenge
Start with the name Babe Ruth. Change one letter to an s, then rearrange the result to spell a thing and a person, both of which you might see at a ballpark. What are they?
Answer : The thing is a BAT and the person is an USHER.

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Any Questions? #35

Apr 27, 2012

Last weeks challenge
Think of an 11-letter adjective beginning with U that describes a person who isnt getting all that he or she needs. Drop the first R from this word, and youll get another adjective that describes something given to a person who shouldnt be getting it. What are these adjectives?
Answer : The adjectives are UNDERSERVED and UNDESERVED.

THIS WEEKS CATEGORY: THE BRONX
On-air questions : April 27, 1948 was declared Babe Ruth Day at Yankee...

Any Questions? #34

Apr 20, 2012

WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark a special anniversary with a show about Boston. Last weeks challenge
Think of two words that are each used to mark the first space on a game board. Add an E, then rearrange the letters to spell the eight-letter name of a popular board game. What are the words, and what is the game?
Answer: The words are START and GO, and if you follow the directions, you can spell STRATEGO. THIS WEEKS CATEGORY: BOSTON
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Any Questions? #33

Apr 13, 2012

WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel roll the dice and pass go en route to a show about board games. Last weeks challenge
Start with the phrase SEDER PLATE. Rearrange these ten letters to spell two things you can do to a bicycle. What are they?
Answer: You can PEDAL and STEER a bicycle.

THIS WEEKS CATEGORY: BOARD GAMES
On-air questions : On April 13, 1899, Alfred Mosher Butts, the inventor of Scrabble, was born in Poughkeepsie, New York. So,...

Any Questions? #32

Apr 6, 2012

WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel slave through a pyramid of questions to celebrate Passover. Last weeks challenge
Start with the phrase QUESTION JAR. Rearrange these eleven letters to spell a word that follows the word hip in a familiar two-word phrase, and another word that means, in a way, the opposite of hip. What are the words?
Answer: The words are JOINT and SQUARE .

THIS WEEKS CATEGORY: PASSOVER FOODS
On-air questions: To celebrate...

Any Questions? #31

Mar 30, 2012

WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel say yes and also yes to having acclaimed musician Mike Doughty stop by the studio to play. Last weeks challenge Take the name of an author commonly known by his first and middle initials. Drop the e from his name, then rearrange the result to name a type of character that frequently appears in his books. Who is the author and what is the type of character? Answer : The author is A.A. MILNE, and the type of character is an ANIMAL.

Any Questions? #30

Mar 23, 2012

WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel somehow waited until the 30th week for their initial show. Last weeks challenge

Start with the phrase THE IDES OF MARCH. Drop one letter, then rearrange the remaining 13 letters to spell a place that baseball players want to get to, and a phrase describing how they might arrive there. What is the place and what is the phrase?

Answer: Baseball players want to get HOME, and they might get there HEAD FIRST.
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Any Questions? #24

Feb 9, 2012

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-1003404.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to stay within their element as they tackle the periodic table. Last weeks challenge Start with the name of Al Pacinos 1999 film THE INSIDER. Rearrange the letters to name two five-letter films in which Pacino does not appear. ANSWER: DINER and HEIST
THIS WEEKS CATEGORY: THE ELEMENTS On-air questions: Dmitri Mendeleev, the Russian chemist...

Any Questions? #23

Feb 3, 2012

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-1002666.mp3 Albany, NY Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel is on the hot seat once again this week, as WAMCs Ian Pickus makes him an offer he cant refuse: a quiz about Al Pacino. Last weeks challenge Rearrange the nine letters in the word AMPERSAND to spell the name of something you can take, and what you might have while youre taking one. What are these things? Answer: You can have DREAMS while taking a NAP. THIS WEEKS CATEGORY...

Any Questions? #22

Jan 27, 2012

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-1001753.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel fill in some blanks. Last weeks challenge
Think of a place associated with the White House (4 letters in the first word, 6 letters in the second). Drop the S from this name, and the remaining nine letters can be rearranged to spell the last names of two people who ran against each other for U.S. president. What is the place and who are the...

Any Questions? #21

Jan 20, 2012

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-1000766.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel undertake a presidential quiz to commemorate inauguration day, which usually falls on January 20th. Last weeks challenge Take the name of a well-known person in the entertainment industry whose last name ends with a Z (7 letters in the first name, 4 letters in the second). Change the Z to an I, then rearrange the result to spell two forms of...

Any Questions? #20

Jan 13, 2012
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http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-999796.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome a special guest to play this weeks show: NPR puzzlemaster and New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz, appropriately the first guest solver in Any Questions? history. Last weeks challenge Begin with the word RESOLUTION. Add a letter, then rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (3 letters in the first word, 8 letters in the second)...

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-999086.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the arrival of 2012 with a quiz about all things new.

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-998431.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel offer an Any Questions? clearance sale. Last weeks challenge
A customer pays for $13.59 worth of groceries with a $50 bill. The cashier counts out the change, then remarks, Huh, thats interesting. The customer, upon receiving the change, replies, Youre right. That is interesting. So, whats so interesting? Answer: The customers change ($36.41)...

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-998106.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all about the Benjamins on this weeks currency show. Last weeks challenge Take the last name of a famous cartoon family. If you change the first letter to a W, you can rearrange the result to spell one of the nicknames for a place where many cartoons have been produced. What is the last name and what is the nickname? Answer: The familys last name...

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-997345.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel get serious about cartoons. Last weeks challenge Start with the phrase APPLE STORE. Rearrange these ten letters to spell two names you might see in a supermarket checkout line. What are they? Answer: The names are STAR and PEOPLE. THIS WEEKS CATEGORY: CARTOONS On-air questions: In honor of the 1989 debut of The Simpsons, which is (as of this week) the...

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-996586.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel undertake a very un-P.C. quiz. Last weeks challenge
Take a seven-letter language term ending in M. Drop that M, then rearrange the remaining letters to spell something to write with. What is the term and what is the thing? Answer: The term is ACRONYM, and the thing is a CRAYON. THIS WEEKS CATEGORY: IM A MAC On-air questions: This week, the new...

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-995706.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel open the book on a literary quiz. Last weeks challenge Start with the six-letter name of a national corporation. The name begins with an A, and if you drop that A, you can rearrange the remaining letters to spell the name of a national store chain. What names are these? Answer: The corporation is AMTRAK and the store chain is KMART. THIS WEEKS...

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-994998.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark Black Friday with a quiz about business. Last weeks challenge
The Gila monster is a venomous lizard found in the Southwest. Rearrange the letters in Gila monster to come up with a two-word phrase that describes Any Questions?s audience. The first word has five letters. The second has six.
Answer: The phrase is SMART LEGION. THIS WEEKS...

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-993788.mp3 Albany, NY Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMCs Ian Pickus switch seats for a quiz about New Mexico.

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-993789.mp3 Albany, NY Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMCs Ian Pickus switch seats for a quiz about New Mexico.
Last weeks challenge Begin with the four-letter name of a drink. Add the consecutive letters XI (as in the Roman numeral for eleven) somewhere in that name, and youll get an adjective describing something that might make you want a drink. What is the drink and what is the adjective? Answer: The drink is...

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-993185.mp3 Albany, NY This weeks quiz goes to 11 as WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate November 11, 2011 and the 11th installment of the show. Last weeks challenge Take the nickname of an NFL team. Move the fifth letter to the second position, and the result will name things often seen on a football uniform. What is the team and what are the things? Answer: The team is the New Orleans SAINTS, and...

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-992263.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus is relieved as resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel throws him a softball with a quiz about sports. Last weeks challenge Think of a well-known landmark in England. Remove all the repeated letters from its name, and the remaining five letters can be rearranged to name something that some old buildings are reported to have. What is the landmark and what is the thing? Answer: The landmark is...

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-991501.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark the 125th anniversary of the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty with a show about landmarks. Last weeks challenge Start with the phrase NUMERICAL ORDER. Change one letter, then rearrange the result to get three words that can describe a number. What are they? Answer: If you change the C to a P, you can rearrange the letters to spell ROUND, REAL,...

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-990616.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the World Series with a quiz about series. Last weeks challenge Start with the two-word name of a U. S. city, where the first word is a color. If you change the fifth letter of the second word to a D, youll get a new word that names some colorful things. What is the city and what are the things? Answer: The city is WHITE PLAINS (New York)....

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-989956.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate fall foliage season with a quiz about colors. Last weeks challenge Start with the name of a recent U. S. senator. The first letter of the first name plus the first three letters of the last name, taken in order, spell a popular website. Who is the senator and what is the website? Answer: The senator is EVAN BAYH, and taking the appropriate...

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-989042.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the birthday of legendary Albany mayor Erastus Corning with a show about politics and government. Last weeks challenge Think of a 7-letter word containing the consecutive letters IS that means to leave alone. Replace the IS with TO, and the result will spell a two-word phrase you might say to someone youre leaving behind. What is the word...

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-988104.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a stroll down SAT memory lane with a show about analogies. Last weeks challenge Begin with the phrase LITERARY HACK. Change one letter, then rearrange the result to spell the name of a famous Vermonter. Who is it? Answer: If you change one of the Rs to a P, you can rearrange the letters to spell PATRICK LEAHY, the name of the current senior...

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/wamc/local-wamc-987376.mp3 Albany, NY WAMCs Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the Green Mountain state during this weeks show.
Last weeks challenge Take the two-word name of a current TV show where both of the words start with the same letter. Rearrange the letters of the second word, then insert them as a group into the first word. The result will spell an activity that takes place at the Culinary Institute of...

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