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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 two of the five answers from today’s questions. (Which two is for you to figure out.) Rearrange the letters to spell the seven-letter name of a U.S. state and a three-letter word that names something that state is famous for having a lot of. What is the state and what is the word?

Answer: If you start with ISLAND and FOUR, you can rearrange the letters to spell FLORIDA and SUN.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: SERIES No. 9

On-air questions: For many reasons, this is a weird thing to say this year, but the World Series is happening again. As we say every year, if you are a fan of a particular baseball team, we hope that team is in the World Series and it has won more games than the other team in the World Series. Also we hope your team did not trade Mookie Betts. Since the World Series is happening, it is time for our annual series category. To refresh everyone’s memory, I'll read a list of items that form a series (or part of one) and somewhere in that list will be a blank. You figure out what belongs in that blank.

1. Eleanor, Bess, Mamie, _____, Lady Bird
2. Gale, strong/severe gale, storm, violent storm, _____
3. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Fun Home, _____, Dear Evan Hansen, The Band’s Visit, Hadestown
4. 2014: polar bear, hare, and leopard; 2016: hybrid animal representing all Brazilian mammals; 2018: white tiger; 2020: robot; _____
5. The mother looks at her three daughters, the father looks at his three sons, the mother and father look at each other, the whole family looks at each other, the name of the show appears, _____

Extra credit1. The third Monday in January, the third Monday in February, the last Monday in May, _____, the first Monday in September
2. Progressive Field and Wrigley Field, Dodger Stadium and Minute Maid Park, Fenway Park and Dodger Stadium, Minute Maid Park and Nationals Park, _____
 

This week's challenge: Start with the phrase FINAL GAMES. Change one letter to an S and you can rearrange the result to spell a four-letter word a baseball umpire says and a six-letter word for a thing he might give to indicate that word. 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 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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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel continue to socially distance.

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

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