© 2024
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Any Questions #505: "N-H"

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel decide to live free or die.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase BUNKER HILL. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a world capital and a comic book character. What are the words?

On-air questions: I spent part of my holiday weekend in the great state of New Hampshire. In fact, what I am reading now was written in the great state of New Hampshire, which is quite possibly why all of the correct answers this week will be a two-word phrase, name, or title with the initials NH, like “New Hampshire.”

1. What author, one year after the publication of The House of the Seven Gables, wrote an 1852 biography of his college friend Franklin Pierce who, after his election to the presidency, rewarded him with a position as U.S. consul in Liverpool, England?
2. Named after a district of London that includes Portobello Road (where much of the movie was filmed), what 1999 film’s review in Variety rated it overall positively, saying, "It's slick, it's gawky, it's 10 minutes too long, and it's certainly not Four Weddings and a Funeral part 2 in either construction or overall tone"?
3. Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, named for the U.S. Army physician and yellow fever researcher, is commonly known as Walter Reed, Navy Med, and the Bethesda what?
4. What city features a region in the center of its downtown that is known as the “Nine Square Plan” which is formed by eight streets laid out in a grid and the northwest side of which is bordered by buildings adjacent to an area known as Old Campus?
5. What phrase is often used to refer to either a bar, pub, or restaurant near a golf course or to the clubhouse of the course itself and sometimes is a place on a miniature golf course where a player can win a free game if they make a good shot?

Extra credit
1. Who was a member of Knowlton’s Rangers, the first organized intelligence service in the U.S., and in 1776 was the only man to volunteer to act as a spy for George Washington behind enemy lines?
2. What contains just over 67% of the land on Earth and approximately 87% of its population?

This week's challenge
Start with the name NEW HAMPSHIRE. Add a letter and you can rearrange the result to spell a six-letter word for a type of song and a seven-letter word for what you probably don’t do when you’re singing that song. What are the words?

On-air questions

1. Nathaniel Hawthorne
2. Notting Hill
3. Naval hospital
4. New Haven
5. Nineteenth hole

Extra credit
1. Nathan Hale
2. Northern Hemisphere


A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
Related Content