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 title of the song SIXTEEN TONS. Change one letter to an N and you can rearrange the result to spell a word that describes something imaginary. What is the word?

Answer: If you change one of the Ss to an N, you can spell NONEXISTENT.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "DOUBLE" TROUBLE

On-air questions: On August 17, 1978, the Double Eagle II completed the first successful transatlantic crossing by a hot-air balloon. The balloon landed near Paris just over 137 hours after it took off from Presque Isle, Maine, piloted by three Americans. It was the fourteenth known attempt to cross the Atlantic in a balloon, and the return trip for the three pilots and their wives aboard the Concorde was provided by Air France at no charge. To commemorate the Double Eagle II's successful journey, this week our questions are about other things with the word "double" in their name.

1. In golf, a player scores an eagle if they shoot two strokes under par on a hole. What is the term for when a player shoots two over par?
2. Nominated for seven Oscars, the 1944 movie Double Indemnity stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as a woman who hatches a plot to kill her husband, and Edward G. Robinson as a claims adjuster. Directed by Billy Wilder, it is often cited as a paradigm of what genre?
3. The novel The Double centers on a government employee who encounters a doppelgänger with the exact opposite personality to his own. It was originally published in 1846 and revised by its author two decades later, the same year he published Crime and Punishment. Who wrote The Double?
4. From 1978 until 1990, the band Double Trouble was led by what influential three-named blues-rock guitarist, known for hits such as "Pride and Joy" and "Crossfire" and named in 2011 by Rolling Stone magazine as the twelfth-greatest guitarist of all time?
5. It was the title of a 1970s game show starring Alex Trebek, but it is much more widely known as the name of a Nickelodeon game show starring Marc Summers that originally ran from 1986 to 1993 and was revived in June of 2018. What is that title?

Extra credit
1. "Science Fiction / Double Feature" is the opening song in what 1975 film along with the 1973 stage production the film is based on?
2. A 1952 X-ray image titled "Photo 51", taken by chemist Rosalind Franklin was a key piece of evidence in the discovery of what structure, first described in an article published in Nature the following year?

This week's challenge: Start with the phrase DOUBLE BOGEY. Rearrange the letters to spell a seven-letter word you might say when something ends and a four-letter word that might describe how you feel after you say it. 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. 

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Oct 2, 2015

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

Any Questions #213

Sep 25, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel learn what supervocalics are.

Any Questions #212

Sep 18, 2015

Pucker up! Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel is back.

Any Questions #211

Sep 11, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a quiz all about Baghdad by the Bay.

Any Questions #210

Sep 4, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel prove that they can count to five.

Any Questions #209

Aug 28, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel will be right back.

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Aug 21, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel dust off their calculators.

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Aug 14, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for their campiest show yet.

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Aug 7, 2015

This week's show is set in stone for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Jul 31, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel look to the skies.

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Jul 24, 2015

Load up the van for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Jul 17, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch sides and take to the seas with their headphones on.

Any Questions #202

Jul 10, 2015

It's all monkey business for WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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Jul 3, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take stock of their first 200 shows with No. 201.

Any Questions #200

Jun 26, 2015
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark 200 shows with a special guest.

Any Questions #199

Jun 19, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark Juneteenth by switching sides.

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Jun 12, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a spin.

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Jun 5, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are entering marshall law.

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May 29, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are marking a milestone birthday.

Any Questions #195

May 22, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to find their way out of this week's show.

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May 15, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are taking a tandem ride.

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May 8, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are very excited for this week's show.

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May 1, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are in a New York state of mind.

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Apr 24, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a knee.

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Apr 17, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are ducking trivia questions.

Any Questions #189

Apr 10, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel high-tail it for a quiz about comets.

Any Questions #188

Apr 3, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel join for a jaunt about Js.

Any Questions #187

Mar 27, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back (to-back).

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Mar 20, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel break out the berets and Chablis.

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Mar 13, 2015

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats once again.

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