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 phrase HEADS OR TAILS. Change one letter to an I and you can rearrange the result to spell an eight-letter word and a four-letter word that each name something that falls from the sky. What are the words?

Answer: If you change an S to and I, you can spell ASTEROID and HAIL.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "Acronyms"

On-air questions: On this date in 1986, The Beastie Boys released the first of their four studio albums to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, “Licensed to Ill” — the first rap album to reach such heights. The album included such Beastie Boys classics as “Fight for Your Right,” “Brass Monkey,” “No Sleep till Brooklyn,” and “Girls.” It turns out that Beastie is actually an acronym, with group members confirming that it stands for “Boys Entering Anarchistic States Towards Inner Excellence.” In honor of the Beastie Boys, today’s quiz is about other acronyms.

1. What is the name of the Peabody Award-winning website that is published by an American University Washington College of Law graduate whose recent entries include “Petitions of the Week” and “Argument preview: Justices to consider reach of Clean Water Act’s permitting requirement?”
2. What is the term coined in 2003 for a process by which a user, usually online, types in a series of letters or selects specific frames of a photo based on specific criteria?
3. Remembered today for its role in a pivotal 1972 burglary, what derisive acronym included members like G. Gordon Liddy, Charles Colson, E. Howard Hunt and Roger Stone?
4. What is the title of the legal drama that aired on NBC for one season before running for another nine on CBS between 1997 and 2005?
5. Dispelling a rumor that has circulated for decades, Gene Simmons writes in his autobiography that the name of his rock band is NOT an acronym. What was KISS supposedly an acronym for, which Simmons dates to an interview he gave after the band’s debut album in which he discussed eating human flesh?

Extra credit1. There are more than 1,100 World Heritage Sites — including, in the U.S., the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Independence Hall. What is the name of the group that oversees the World Heritage Sites “to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage…considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.”?
2. The USMCA was drafted and signed in the fall of 2018, although it has only been ratified by one of three principals to date. What 1994 deal is the USMCA replacing?
 

This week's challenge: Start with the name of the CEO of a world famous Fortune 500 company. Change one letter in his first name and one letter in his last name and you can spell the name of a famous American folk band. What are the names?

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 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.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark the summer solstice in style.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel find a novel way to mark Flag Day.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel search for a silver charm.

Any Questions #405: Gardens

May 31, 2019

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel make the WAMC studio the world's most famous arena for a few minutes.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about Memorial Day.

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

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for a show about P. Eople. 

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel pour some juleps and stand under the twin spires on this week's show.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark their 400th show with a special guest: Mackenzie Astin.

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