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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 the song title BACK IN THE USSR. Change one letter to a W and you can spell three words (three letters, four letters, and six letters) that each name something in a house that uses water. What are the words?

Answer: If you change the C to a W, you can spell TUB, SINK, and WASHER.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: HEARTS

On-air questions: It's February 14, which means it's Valentine's Day. Valentine's Day is a Christian feast day that honors two (possibly three) saints named Valentinus, but its first association with romantic love is in a 14th century poem by Geoffrey Chaucer who wrote "For this was on St. Valentine's Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate." In honor of Valentine's Day, this week our questions are about hearts.

1. The 1984 film Places in the Heart tells the story of Edna Spalding, a widow who struggles to save her family farm. Spalding was played by what actress, who received her second Academy Award for her portrayal, five years after she won Best Actress for the title role in the film Norma Rae?
2. "Villains!" I shrieked, "dissemble no more! I admit the deed! --tear up the planks! here, here! --It is the beating of his hideous heart!" is the final line from what Edgar Allan Poe short story, first published in a literary periodical called The Pioneer in 1843?
3. The game of Hearts evolved from a group of related trick-taking card games that originated in Spain in the 1750s. It made its way to the United States in the 1880s as a game whose main objective was to avoid taking any of the thirteen hearts. What many people refer to as Hearts today is actually a variant called Black Lady, which introduces what additional card as one to avoid?
4. What song released in December of 1997 won – among many other awards – the 1998 Academy Award for Best Original Song, the 1999 Grammy Award for Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or Television, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and Record of the Year, the latter of which was won for the first time by a Canadian artist?
5. What organization, whose mission statement is "To be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives", publishes journals titled Circulation, Hypertension, and Stroke?

Extra credit1. What vegetable is harvested from the inner core of the Cocos nucifera tree?
2. By what name do we commonly know a device called the Jarvik-7? 

This week's challenge: Start with the phrase BROKEN HEART. Add a letter and you can spell two six-letter words that each mean to annoy. 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 mark the summer solstice in style.

Service flags
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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.

Northampton Memorial Day parade
City of Northampton

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. 

Tom Morley works with a horse at Saratoga
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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.

Actor Mackenzie Astin
Mackenzie Astin

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.

Washington DC
James DeMers

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.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about a supercomputer. (No, not Mike.)

Pete Seeger, at left
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for their last quiz before Monday's February Fund Drive.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel "ant-swer" some more questions.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back to shed some trivia light.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a mysterious show.

The flag of Bangladesh
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about geography.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel turn back the clock for their first show of 2019.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are clearing out the last trivia questions of 2018.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a holiday shopping spree.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to get an A in geography.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to outfox one another.

Any Questions #379: "11"

Nov 30, 2018

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for an 11-based quiz.

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