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Any Questions?

Fridays, 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 ORPHAN BLACK. Change one letter to a C and you can rearrange the result to spell a six-letter word for a black substance and a five-letter word for a substance that is often white. What are the words?

Answer: If you change the P to a C, you can spell CARBON and CHALK.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "BROADWAY ADJECTIVES"

On-air questions: On the heels of the release last week of the film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In The Heights,” joining us this week to make her Any Questions debut is WAMC Roundtable producer and musical fanatic Sarah LaDuke, who splits her time between the Great White Way and her couch. In honor of Sarah, this week, I’ll describe some facts about a Broadway show without naming the title, and Sarah, you give me the title. All of the correct answers include a title adjective.

1. Adapted from a 1597 work, it was first adapted as a film in 1961, and an Oscar winner from that film will appear in the latest film version out in December?
2. With a book by Harvey Fierstein and music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, what production includes 216 pairs of footwear with heels ranging from 4 to 6 inches?
3. Opening with Zero Mostel in the lead role as Pseudolus, what 1962 Broadway show also featuring characters like Erronius, Marcus Lycus and Hysterium won the Tony Award for Best Musical?
4. With songs including “August Winds,” “Island of Souls,” and “Sail Away,” what show added its creator, Sting, to the cast in a bid to stave off closing in late 2014?
5. Although it lost the Tony for Best Play to “The Diary of Anne Frank” in 1956, what play that a year earlier won Tennessee Williams the Pulitzer Prize for Drama has been revived on Broadway in 1974, 1990, 2003 and 2008, with James Earl Jones as Big Daddy?

Extra credit1. Based on the novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett, what 1991 Broadway production featured Mandy Patinkin, the late, great Rebecca Luker, and future “Hedwig” creator John Cameron Mitchell?
2. Taking its name from a 1995 rock album, what 2019 Broadway debut includes songs like “Head over Feet” and “Thank U?”
 

This week's challenge: Start with the phrase THE MUSIC MAN. Rearrange the letters and you can spell the name of a European city and a type of food associated with that city. 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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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome Broadway fanatic and friend of the program Sarah LaDuke to the stage.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel close the blinds to binge some TV.

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The answers from our very first show loom large as resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus host the 500th episode.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the "eve" of a milestone show.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a nearly perfect show.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are either over- or underprepared.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a Mother's Day show.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots to get a second shot.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the first virtual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a turn at trivia's most famous lectern.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about another public media titan.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all mixed up.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are on the "lam" this week.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark St. Patrick's Day with a show about shades of green.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats to stay off the NCAA bubble.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel stay after class for more math problems.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a show that requires some long division.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel bring the show to the Hall of Presidents.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a quiz about the big game.

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When you're a hammer, everything looks like a nail, as WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel find out.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for an "inaugural" show.

This week, WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel CC each other.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel recycle the wrapping paper for the first show of 2021.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel clear out the trivia cupboard.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel trade cards.

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What a "day!" Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus switch seats for a show about weekdays.

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase DARK COMEDY. Change one letter to a U and you can rearrange the result to spell the five-letter title of a movie from the 1970s and the five-letter title of a TV series from the 1970s. What are the titles?
Answer: If you change a D to a U, you can spell Rocky and Maude.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel turn on the dark.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats to honor a trivia forebear.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel channel Steve Kornacki for a show about maps.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for an altered Halloween show.

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