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
7:29 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Any Questions #49

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel boldly go where no quiz segments have gone before: to the realm of exploration.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name ANSEL ADAMS. Add a letter, then rearrange the letters to spell the names of three things you might see in a photograph of a beach.
Answer: If you add a P, you can spell PALM, SAND, and SEA.

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Arts & Culture
9:35 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Any Questions #48

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel zoom in for a show about famous photos.

Last week's challenge
Think of two words that each name a unit of volume (one has six letters, the other has four). Change one letter to an R, then rearrange the result to name things that have lots of measurements on them. What are the units and what are the things?

Answer: The units are BUSHEL and PINT. If you change the H to an R, you can rearrange the letters to spell BLUEPRINTS.

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Arts & Culture
7:03 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Any Questions #47

The Harvard Bridge

Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel spends this week's show seeing how WAMC's Ian Pickus measures up.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase BLACK TIE. Rearrange these eight letters to spell two four-letter synonyms. What are they?
Answer: The synonyms are BEAT and LICK.

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Arts & Culture
8:38 am
Fri July 13, 2012

Any Questions? #46

Call it a Black Sabbath: WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have their darkest show yet.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name SAINT PAUL. Change one letter, then rearrange the result to spell the name of a famous ship. What is it?
Answer: If you change the P to an I, you can spell LUSITANIA.

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Arts & Culture
7:30 am
Fri July 6, 2012

Any Questions? #45

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel venture to the land of 10,000 trivia questions with a quiz about Minnesota.

Last week's challenge
Think of a 1960s number-one hit song whose title starts with the word LOVE. Rearrange the letters in the other two words in the title to spell something a band might record. What is the song and what is the thing?
Answer: The song is “LOVE ME DO,” and the thing is a DEMO.

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Arts & Culture
6:01 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Any Questions? #44

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel offer a serious, sobering look at pop music's famous love songs.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name LIANE HANSEN. Drop one letter, then rearrange the remaining 10 letters to spell two one-word movie titles. What are they? (As a hint, one movie is from the 1950s, and the other is from the 1970s.)
Answer: If you drop an N, you can spell SHANE and ALIEN.

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Arts & Culture
10:32 am
Fri June 22, 2012

Any Questions? #43

Liane Hansen with Mike Nothnagel

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome an actual professional to play this week: former Weekend Edition host Liane Hansen, who knows a little something about radio quizzes.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name JAMIE LEE CURTIS. Change one letter to a P, then rearrange the result to spell three beverages. What are they?
Answer: If you change the M to a P, you can spell ALE, JUICE, and SPRITE.

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Arts & Culture
7:32 am
Fri June 15, 2012

Any Questions? #42

NPH

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel spend three minutes wishing they had longer names.

Last week's challenge

Start with the phrase AIRSTRIP ONE. Rearrange these 11 letters to spell the name of a process you need to do to survive. What is it?

Answer: The process is RESPIRATION.

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Arts & Culture
2:42 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Any Questions? #41

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the publication of a George Orwell classic with another dystopian show.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name PAT BOONE. Change one letter to a C, then rearrange the result to spell two things many superheroes wear. What are they?
Answer: The things are a BOOT and a CAPE.

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Arts & Culture
7:20 am
Fri June 1, 2012

Any Questions? #40

June 1 is many things, but most importantly, it's the birthday of resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel, who takes a break from the confetti cake to play this week's show with WAMC's Ian Pickus.

LAST WEEK'S CHALLENGE: Think of a six-letter word that names a person you'd be happy to see if you were lost in the woods. Add ST to the beginning, and you'll get a new word that names a person you probably wouldn't be happy to see if you were lost in the woods. Who are the people?
Answer: The people are a RANGER and a STRANGER.

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