Any Questions?

Friday at 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 name STEVIE WONDER. Rearrange the letters to spell a five-letter word for a thing you use to cook with and a two-word phrase for a liquid you might cook with. What are they?

Answer: STOVE and RED WINE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: Dr. No Plays Categories

On-air questions: On October 5, 1962, Dr. No, the first film in the James Bond series, was released. Based on the 1958 Ian Fleming novel, the film sees Bond travel to Jamaica to thwart Dr. No's plans to disrupt a space launch. While Dr. No was the first Bond film produced, it was not the first James Bond novel: it was preceded by five other novels, all of which were eventually adapted for the screen. To commemorate the release of Dr. No, we're going to play a game of Categories. I'll give you a category, and you come up with things in that category that start with the letters D, R, N, and O.

1. Major League Baseball team nicknames
2. Words in The Star-Spangled Banner
3. U.S. state capitals
4. Last names of Best Actor winners since 1990
5. Branches of medicine that end in -ology

Extra credit
1. Polygons with 10 or fewer sides
2. Counties in New York State that touch the Hudson River

This week's challenge: Start with the word CATEGORIES. Rearrange the letters to spell two words (three letters and seven letters) that each name something you might wear to a formal event. 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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