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 PURPLE FINCH. Rearrange the letters to spell a subject you might study in school and a word for a person who might be doing the studying. What are the words?

Answer: The words are FRENCH and PUPIL.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: SIXTEEN

On-air questions: On August 10, 1792, the French National Guard and volunteer troops stormed the Tuileries Palace in Paris, where King Louis XVI and his family were hiding out. Known as the Insurrection of the 10th of August, the event directly led to the toppling of the French monarchy. The National Convention, the first government of the new French republic, officially ended the monarchy some six weeks later. To commemorate the storming of the Tuileries and the removal of King Louis XVI, our questions this week are about the number sixteen.

1. Element number sixteen on the periodic table is sulfur. While it occurs as part of minerals like pyrite and gypsum, and is used to make chemicals like sulfuric acid, sulfur in its elemental form is what color?
2. An area commonly known as the Southwest Territory became what we know today as Tennessee, the 16th state admitted to the union. The longer name of the Southwest Territory references what river that shares its name with a state somewhat north of Tennessee?
3. While three Major League Baseball players have worn jersey number 16 for more years in total, who has worn it the longest for the same team, in this case as a pitcher for the New York Yankees from 1953 to 1967?
4. The song "Sixteen Military Wives" is the seventh song on a 2005 album titled Picaresque by what Portland, Oregon band, whose name is inspired – somewhat appropriately, given this week's intro – by a revolt against Tsar Nicholas I of Russia in the winter of 1825?
5. What film starts a chronological list that includes The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Uncle Buck?

Extra credit
1. There are 16 distinct personality types in the system commonly known by what hyphenated name, comprised of the last names of the two women who developed it?
2. Ida Lupino starred in an episode titled "The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine" and directed an episode titled "The Masks," making her the only person to both star in and direct an episode of what anthology series?

This week's challenge: Start with the phrase DOVER SOLE. Change one letter to a T and you can spell the last name of a person associated with New York's Hudson Valley. What is the name?

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. 

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