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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 phrase DARK COMEDY. Change one letter to a U and you can rearrange the result to spell the five-letter title of a movie from the 1970s and the five-letter title of a TV series from the 1970s. What are the titles?

Answer: If you change a D to a U, you can spell Rocky and Maude.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "WEEKDAYS"

On-air questions: We’ve had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. Now we’ve made it to the first Friday of December as the countdown to COVID Christmas begins. For tonight’s show, each correct answer will include a day of the week.

1. Included on a new covers album of songs recorded during the coronavirus quarantine, what song performed by Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong was written by Prince under a pseudonym before he gave it to The Bangles in 1986?
2. The events of what 1997 memoir took place near the title man’s former employer, Brandeis University, over a series of 14 weeks, and were eventually portrayed on screen by Hank Azaria and Jack Lemmon?
3. In a 1974 book by “Theo LeSieg,” “’I’m sorry, Patrolman.’ That’s all I could say. ‘Don’t be sorry,’ he smiled. ‘It’s that kind of a day.’ But be glad!” ______________ ‘will soon go away!’”
4. What marketing phrase credited to an NBC employee named Dan Holm was first used to promote a block of television that included “Mad About You,” “Wings,” “Seinfeld” and a new show called “Frasier?” 
5. Based on a 1928 Broadway play called “The Front Page” that was made into a 1931 film of the same title, what Cary Grant-Rosalind Russell movie of 1940 was itself adapted for the stage by John Guare?
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2. What two-word name has been applied to incidents including a 1905 massacre in St. Petersburgh, a 1920 day of violence in Dublin, and a 1965 civil rights march in Alabama?
 

This week's challenge: Think of a band with a famous song containing a weekday. Drop an S and change one of the letters in the band’s name to an A, and you can rearrange the letters to spell an eight-letter bird and a four-letter bird. What are they?

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 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!

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a show on -ologies.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel play defunct football league categories.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel refill their "pens."

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel have a "real" good "time."

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark Valentine's Day with a show about hearts.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are "back!"

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel make amends.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothangel aim for 10 percent effort.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome Jim Levulis to the show as the first guest of 2020.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel wrap up another year.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel still need to buy some holiday gifts.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel add some trivia to their life.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel write a new chapter.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about acronyms.

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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.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with season nine.

Any Questions #418

Aug 30, 2019
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats to switch a letter.

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