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. 

 

Any Questions? #119

Dec 6, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on Washington monuments.

Last week's challenge
The important multiple of 333, 666, figures heavily in a key book of the bible. Rearrange the letters of this 10-letter bible book to spell a two-word phrase, six letters in the first word, four in the second, that can describe the action in this particular bible book. As a hint, each word begins with a vowel.

Answer: The bible book is Revelation, which can be rearranged to spell ORNATE EVIL.

Any Questions? #118

Nov 29, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spors for a show about threes this week.

Any Questions? #117

Nov 22, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all about Georges on this week's show.

Any Questions? #116

Nov 15, 2013
Ben Zimmer

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome Ben Zimmer to the show. 

Any Questions? #115

Nov 8, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on Montana.

Any Questions? #114

Nov 1, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on bridges.

Any Questions? #113

Oct 25, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark the Fall Classic with a show about series.

Any Questions? #112

Oct 18, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on family bands.

Any Questions? #111

Oct 11, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome another guest to play.

Any Questions #110

Oct 4, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a show about people who go by their initials.

Last week's challenge

Start with the phrase SEARCH ENGINE. Drop one letter, then rearrange the rest to spell a six-letter word and a five-letter word that each name a part of a laptop computer. What are the words?

Answer: If you change the A to an E, you can spell SCREEN and HINGE.
 
THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: PEOPLE WITH INITIALS

Any Questions? #109

Sep 27, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on Google's doodles.

Last week's challenge
Start with the name of last week's featured award, the PALME D'OR. Change one letter to an E and rearrange the result to spell the two-word name of a type of tree. What is it?
Answer: If you change the O to an E, you can spell RED MAPLE.

Any Questions? #108

Sep 20, 2013

Last week's challenge
Start with the 10-letter name of a town on the Hudson River. Change the U to a V, then rearrange the result to spell a word naming places that many history buffs visit. What is the town and what are the places?
Answer: The town is SAUGERTIES, and if you follow the directions you can spell GRAVESITES.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: THE PALME D'OR

Any Questions? #107

Sep 13, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip down the Hudson.

Any Questions? #106

Sep 6, 2013
They Might Be Giants

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome They Might Be Giants’ John Flansburgh back to the program for a quiz about repetition.

Any Questions? #105

Aug 30, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on “hot” things.

Any Questions? #104

Aug 23, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on famous Franklins.

Any Questions? #103

Aug 16, 2013
SI

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on past Sports Illustrated’s Sportsmen of the Year.

Any Questions? #102

Aug 9, 2013

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

Last week's challenge
Start with the phrase MIND THE GAP. Change one letter to an S then rearrange the result to spell a word starting with S that names an action that would most likely be unsafe in a subway tunnel. What is the word?

Answer: If you change an H to an S, you can spell Stampeding.

Any Questions? #101

Aug 2, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a trip on the London Underground.

Any Questions? #100

Jul 26, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate their 100th episode.

Any Questions? #99

Jul 19, 2013

Last week's challenge
Start with the name of the director SIDNEY LUMET. Change one letter to an N (not the one that's there), then rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (eight letters in the first word, three letters in the second) that names something many unfortunate criminals come to in the movies. What is the phrase?

Any Questions? #98

Jul 12, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with another dog days quiz.

Any Questions? #97

Jul 5, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate summer with the first in a series of dog days shows.

Any Questions? #96

Jun 28, 2013
Robert Dodge

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome special guest Trey Graham, an editor for NPR's Digital Media, to play this week's show.

Any Questions? #95

Jun 21, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on television parents.

Any Questions? #94

Jun 14, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on banned books.

Any Questions? #93

Jun 7, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome loyal listener Doug Peterson all the way from California to play.

Last week's challenge:

Start with the last name of an actor in All The President’s Men. If you add three letters, you can rearrange to name a key figure in the Watergate affair. Who are these people?

Any Questions? #92

May 31, 2013
CBS News

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

Last week's challenge
Think of a six-letter word starting with E associated with a famous codebreaking event in history. Change one letter to an R and rearrange the result to get another word associated with that event. What are the words?

Answer: The word is Enigma. If you replace the I with an R, you can rearrange the letters to spell German.

Any Questions? #91

May 24, 2013

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel get ready for Memorial Day with a show about codes.

Any Questions? #90

May 17, 2013

WAMC’s Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel focus on famous scandals tagged with the “-gate” moniker.

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