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 NINE MUSES. Rearrange the letters to spell a four-letter word and a two-word phrase each of which you might see on the entrance to a restroom. What are they?

Answer: If you rearrange the letters, you can spell MEN'S and IN USE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: BROTHERS

On-air questions: On September 13, 1985, the video game Super Mario Bros. was released in Japan. Designed as a successor to the 1983 game Mario Bros., the game is frequently named as one of the greatest video games of all time. It is cited as a reason – along with the Nintendo Entertainment System, with which it was packaged – for the revival of the video game industry and is often given credit for popularizing both side-scrolling games and video game music. To commemorate the release of Super Mario Bros., let's see how much you know about other brothers. I'll describe the members of a set of brothers and you give me their last name.

1. Director and co-writer of the 1994 film "Fargo," producer and co-writer of the 1994 film "Fargo"
2. Portrayer of Ashley Stubbs on the HBO series "Westworld," portrayer of Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games trilogy, portrayer of Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe
3. Composer of the music for the songs "I Got Rhythm" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me", writer of the lyrics for the songs "I Got Rhythm" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me"
4. Contributor to the pregame show NFL Fox Kickoff, first overall pick of the 1998 NFL draft, MVP of Super Bowl XLVI
5. Portrayer of the title character in the 2010 film "The Fighter," founding member of the boy band New Kids on the Block

Extra credit1. Portrayer of Mark Wedloe on the 1960s television series "Gentle Ben," co-chairman of Imagine Entertainment
2. Co-host of the NBC show Today from 1982 to 1997, first African-American announcer to call the play-by-play for a major sports championship in the U.S. 

This week's challenge: Start with the phrase STEP BROTHER. Rearrange the letters to spell a six-letter word for someone who makes something a gardener might use and a five-letter word for things a gardener might grow. 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 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.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel stand and salute for a show about national anthems.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel keep an eye on the clock.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a show about Nobel laureates in literature.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a decidedly cheeky quiz.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament this weekend in Stamford, Conn.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about internet domains, not counting wamc.org.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a show inspired by March Madness.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to shake the winter blues with a show about yellow things.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about moose, of all things.

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