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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 LONG DISTANCES. Rearrange the letters to spell two words (six letters and seven letters) that name things made by pouring a substance into molds. What are the words?

Answer: The words are INGOTS and CANDLES.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "BEFORE AND AFTER No. 7"

On-air questions: We haven’t played a round of Before and After in a while, so this week we’re going to play a round of Before and After. To refresh everyone’s memories: the answer to each question is a combination of two things, where the final word of the first thing is the same as the first word of the second thing, like “Oliver Twist and Shout.”

1. What classic 1969 album features songs about the Sun King, Her Majesty, and a PBS series about the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants?
2. What 2000 movie starring Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott recounts their efforts to locate their missing NPR automotive repair/advice podcast?
3. What 1964 children's book is about a building that has an Inventing Room, a Fizzy-Lifting Drink Room, and a Chewing Gum Stretching Room, and is located near a Cold-War era crossing between East Berlin and West Berlin?
4. What landmark 1803 court case established judicial review and held that U.S. courts can strike down laws that are contrary to the U.S. Constitution, especially those about a famous New York City sports venue?
5. What song by Public Enemy that was featured in the 1989 movie "Do the Right Thing" was also used by James K. Polk as a campaign slogan to further his goal of annexing land in the Pacific Northwest up to a certain line of latitude?

Extra credit1. What long-running musical, which had more than 2500 performances on Broadway between 2003 and 2009, was inspired by children's television shows such as Sesame Street and is about a home-shopping channel?
2. What song, the title track from Milli Vanilli's debut album, is about an HBO anthology series that has starred, at various times, Matthew McConaughey and Mahershala Ali?
 

This week's challenge: Start with the words TWO PHRASES. Change one letter to a P and you can rearrange the result to spell a six-letter word for a person you see in a church and a four-letter word for things you see in a church. 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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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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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.

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