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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 song title BACK IN THE USSR. Change one letter to a W and you can spell three words (three letters, four letters, and six letters) that each name something in a house that uses water. What are the words?

Answer: If you change the C to a W, you can spell TUB, SINK, and WASHER.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: HEARTS

On-air questions: It's February 14, which means it's Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day is a Christian feast day that honors two (possibly three) saints named Valentinus, but its first association with romantic love is in a 14th century poem by Geoffrey Chaucer who wrote "For this was on St. Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate." In honor of Valentine's Day, this week our questions are about hearts.

1. The 1984 film Places in the Heart tells the story of Edna Spalding, a widow who struggles to save her family farm. Spalding was played by what actress, who received her second Academy Award for her portrayal, five years after she won Best Actress for the title role in the film Norma Rae?
2. "Villains!" I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! --tear up the planks! here, here! --It is the beating of his hideous heart!" is the final line from what Edgar Allan Poe short story, first published in a literary periodical called The Pioneer in 1843?
3. The game of Hearts evolved from a group of related trick-taking card games that originated in Spain in the 1750s. It made its way to the United States in the 1880s as a game whose main objective was to avoid taking any of the thirteen hearts. What many people refer to as Hearts today is actually a variant called Black Lady, which introduces what additional card as one to avoid?
4. What song released in December of 1997 won – among many other awards – the 1998 Academy Award for Best Original Song, the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and Record of the Year, the latter of which was won for the first time by a Canadian artist?
5. What organization, whose mission statement is "To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives", publishes journals titled Circulation, Hypertension, and Stroke?

Extra credit1. What vegetable is harvested from the inner core of the Cocos nucifera tree?
2. By what name do we commonly know a device called the Jarvik-7? 

This week's challenge: Start with the phrase BROKEN HEART. Add a letter and you can spell two six-letter words that each mean to annoy. 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. 

 

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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?

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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.

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

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about the top albums of this century, so far.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel urge you not to touch that dial.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a sibling showcase.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with season nine.

Any Questions #418

Aug 30, 2019

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats to switch a letter.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go for a climb.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel strive to be the best, at least for one week.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel trade offense for defense for a show about NFL stadium food.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with an all-American show.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go back to a favorite category.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to navigate another show.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a trivia duel.

Any Questions #410

Jul 5, 2019

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the 26th Amendment.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel consider a merger.

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