Any Questions? | WAMC

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: 100, 1, 5, 1, 100 is another way of describing what popular car?

Answer: CIVIC (Roman numerals).

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: WHERE AM I?

On-air questions: Unfortunately, many of us aren’t traveling as much these days, so I thought we’d take some trips tonight. I’m going to describe a journey and you tell me where I end up.

1. I start at the Washington Monument and walk directly west past the World War II Memorial and along the length of the Reflecting Pool. What landmark am I standing in front of?
2. I get on a boat in the Black Sea and travel along the Danube River. I pass three of the four capital cities along the river – Belgrade, Serbia; Budapest, Hungary; and Bratislava, Slovakia; before stopping in the fourth capital city on the Danube. In what city am I?
3. I get on the 101 Freeway in Hollywood and travel south. I take the Alvarado Street exit and turn left onto Alvarado Street, then right onto Sunset Boulevard. I drive for about a mile and turn left on to Vin Scully Avenue. I enter the Sunset Gate. What building am I at?
4. I leave Earth's atmosphere and pass the moons known as Deimos and Phobos. I go through an asteroid belt and land on the next planet in our solar system. What planet am I on?
5. I am traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. Where am I?

Extra credit1. I drive on Interstate 80, starting just south of Chicago. I follow the highway east as it crosses three state borders. What state am I in?
2. I board a southbound Amtrak Empire Service train at the Albany-Rensselaer station. I get off the train three stops later. Which city am I in?
 

This week's challenge: Start with the phrase TAKES A TRIP. Rearrange the letters to spell a six-letter word for a type of waterway and a four-letter word for part of a landmass. 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. 

 

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel plot some virtual trips.

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a car sale.

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel continue to socially distance.

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to reassess the meaning of time.

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats, but try to remain A-1.

A house under construction
Wikimedia Commons: Rishichhibber, https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ac/Home_under_construction.JPG

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel say "home."

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center | Flickr

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are together, but apart.

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats without coming within 6 feet of one another.

An empty stage sits in an empty brick courtyard with a few people looking at it
Josh Landes / WAMC

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel host a socially distant quiz.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel do a show based on an event that has since been canceled, but they have fun anyway!

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a show on -ologies.

"Fiddler: A Miracle Of Miracles" poster
"Fiddler: A Miracle Of Miracles"

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel play defunct football league categories.

Penguins logo
wikipedia.org

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel refill their "pens."

Bill Maher
Bill Maher

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have a "real" good "time."

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark Valentine's Day with a show about hearts.

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are "back!"

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel make amends.

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothangel aim for 10 percent effort.

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome Jim Levulis to the show as the first guest of 2020.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel wrap up another year.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel still need to buy some holiday gifts.

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel add some trivia to their life.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel write a new chapter.

Any Questions logo
Any Questions logo

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

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back, hear?

A globe
wikipedia.org

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

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel revive an annual tradition.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a local LCS.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel audition for Lorne Michaels.

A crank radio
WAMC

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for a new quiz, good buddy.

Pages