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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 a two-word everyday item that is usually protected. Add an A and you can rearrange the letters to spell a one-word product used to protect things. What are the words?

Answer: CELL PHONE, CELLOPHANE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: NICE "TWO C" YOU

On-air questions: The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine has begun, both in New York and across the country. The plan is to administer two doses of the vaccine to each person, but these questions are going to focus on another pair related to the vaccine: the letter C. Specifically, each correct answer will have two consecutive letter Cs, like the word “vaccine.”

1. What actress has starred in four films directed by her husband Ben Falcone – Superintelligence, Tammy, The Boss, and Life of the Party – the last three for which she also has co-screenwriter and co-producer credits?
2. After the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act in 1906, Harvey Wiley, the director of the chemistry bureau of the FDA, said to then-President Theodore Roosevelt, “Everyone who ate that sweet corn was deceived. He thought he was eating sugar, when in point of fact he was eating a coal tar product totally devoid of food value and extremely injurious to health.” To what substance was Wiley referring?
3. “To every thing there is a season / A time for every purpose under the heaven” are the first lines of the third chapter of what book of the Bible that contains the words that Pete Seeger adapted for his 1959 song “Turn! Turn! Turn!”, which later became a hit for The Byrds in the mid 1960s?
4. What is partially defined as the northernmost point at which the center of the sun is just visible at noon on the December solstice, and is currently located at just over 66 degrees north latitude, a position which takes it through the Seward Peninsula in Alaska, Baffin Island in Nunavut, and the Lapland region of Finland?
5. What is the most common name in the U.S. for the object made of twelve regular pentagons and twenty regular hexagons that usually weighs between 14 and 16 ounces, measures between 27 and 28 inches in circumference, and is inflated to a pressure between 9 and 16 pounds per square inch?

Extra credit1. What game does James Bond play in six films, including Dr. No, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and GoldenEye?
2. Ten years before winning the award, who appeared in a 1989 commercial in which she exclaimed, "Eleven years without an Emmy! What does a person have to do around here to get an Emmy?"
 

This week's challenge: Start with the phrase ACCIDENT PRONE. Rearrange the letters to spell a four-letter noun and an eight-letter adjective that both apply to the Cs in the word “vaccine”. 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 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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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel continue their October tradition.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel look for some common bonds.

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

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel start off October with their eyes on the O.C.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a show inspired by the late RBG.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel look for a missing piece.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go with the halfback option on this week's show.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel kick off their 10th season by looking back on their 10th episode.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark the "end" of summer.

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

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to pass the "test."

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a different breed of show.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back in the middle. 

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return for another baseball show.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate a delayed baseball opening day.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel reprise an old favorite.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel make it a "long" weekend.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a possessive program.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel return the favor with a show whose answers are made up by the letters in "reciprocate."

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for a "belated" show.

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

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

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