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 KODACHROME. Rearrange the letters and you can spell two words (6,4) closely associated with computers in the 1990s. What are they?

Answer: HACKER, DOOM.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: O'TRIVIA

On-air questions: On September 21, 1981, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor was unanimously confirmed by a vote of 99-0 by the U.S. Senate and became the first female Supreme Court justice. (Senator Max Baucus missed the vote, and sent O'Connor a copy of A River Runs Through It as an apology.) O'Connor's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier in the month was the first televised confirmation hearing for a Supreme Court Justice. To commemorate Sandra Day O'Connor's confirmation, this week our questions are about people whose last names begin with O-apostrophe.

1. Whose resume includes president of the Harvard Lampoon, writer for The Simpsons, and the host of Late Night and The Tonight Show?
2. Cow's Skull: Red, White and Blue; Ram's Head with Hollyhock; and Blue Morning Glories, New Mexico are titles of three of the hundreds of works of art by what American artist, often called "the mother of American modernism"?
3. In April of 2016, actor Rory O'Malley took over from Jonathan Groff the role of what monarch in the Broadway musical Hamilton, a part he went on to play in the touring production of the musical?
4. Actress Catherine O'Hara has appeared in dozens of television series and movies during her career, but rose to fame in her native Canada through her work in both acting on and writing for a 1970s and 80s sketch show known most commonly by what four initials?
5. With respect to their last names, which of these people is different than the others: the Speaker of the House from 1977 to 1987, the center who won three consecutive NBA championships with the L.A. Lakers from 2000 to 2002, the actor who played Al Bundy on Married With Children, and the playwright who wrote Long Day's Journey Into Night?

Extra credit
1. Before launching a run for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, Martin O'Malley served from 2007 to 2015 as the 61st governor of what state?
2. Give War a Chance and Holidays in Heck are two books by what political satirist, journalist, and frequent Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! panelist?

This week's challenge: Start with the phrase SUPREME COURT. Rearrange the letters to spell a two-word phrase (eight letters, four letters) for a person who has probably used a keyboard before. What is the phrase?

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. 

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for a show about people with last names starting with "O."

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Paul Simon

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz that has them both feelin' groovy.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with the first show of the eighth season.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a "before and after" quiz.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about famous fires.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for another show. WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for another show.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a sweet 16 show.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for the last quiz of July.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a show about sports venues.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a "land"-based show.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for another crack at one of their stranger categories.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to brave another week.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are "swapping spots" this week for a show about alliteration.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back in the saddle again.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark the end of the Fund Drive with a show about various misters.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate a very special day.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about squares.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to hit the speed of sound.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a fill-in-the-blanks quiz.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats to make the jump to hyperspace.

Any Questions #348: _o_o

Apr 27, 2018

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return for another Friday quiz.

Carl Kasell
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show dedicated to the memory of NPR's Carl Kasell, who died this week at 84.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return for another quiz.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer are back....ward and forward.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats to get ready for April.

Any Questions #343: L-A

Mar 23, 2018
The seal of L.A.
L.A.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats once again this week.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about one of their favorite topics.

The Tampa Bay Rays
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about Rays.

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New Jersey

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about the Garden State.

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