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 phrase SUPREME COURT. Rearrange the letters to spell a two-word phrase (eight letters, four letters) for a person who has probably used a keyboard before. What is the phrase?

Answer: COMPUTER USER.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: KEYS

On-air questions: On September 28, 1976, Stevie Wonder released Songs in the Key of Life. The double album was Wonder's eighteenth album, and included a bonus four-song EP along with the seventeen songs on the album proper. It debuted on the October 8, 1976 Billboard charts at number one, marking only the third time that had happened in chart history. (The first two albums to do it were both by Elton John.) It has sold over 10 million copies and was ranked 37th on Rolling Stone's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums in history. To commemorate Songs in the Key of Life, this week our questions are about keys.

1. Originally published in 1951, The Clue of the Black Keys is the 28th book in the original series of mystery stories featuring what teenage girl detective?
2. Patented around 1910 by William Allen of the Allen Manufacturing Company in Hartford, Connecticut, the tool known as an Allen wrench (a trademarked name owned by the company) is more generically know by what name, a reference to the six-sided sockets it fits into on the heads of certain screws and bolts?
3. By what two-word term do we refer to the supervisor of the lighting and rigging crews on a film set, frequently meeting with the director of photography before filming begins to determine the specifications for the lights and some of the camera equipment that will be used on the set?
4. Actor Keegan-Michael Key and his frequent partner in comedy Jordan Peele have appeared together in many places since their eponymous sketch show ended, including a "Weird Al" video, the 2016 film Keanu, and in what FX drama series, inspired by and named after a 1996 Coen Brothers film?
5. In July of 2006, the Florida House of Representatives (via HB 453) and the Florida Senate (via SB 676) both selected what pie to be the official pie of the state of Florida?

Extra credit
1. Songs in A Minor, As I Am, and Girl on Fire are three of the albums released by what singer, actress, and judge on the competition series The Voice?
2. In basketball, the area in front of the net known as the key (officially called the free throw lane by the NBA) is often colloquially referred to by what five-letter word, which perhaps references the fact that it is usually colored to distinguish it from the rest of the wooden court surface?

This week's challenge: Start with the phrase SUPREME COURT. Rearrange the letters to spell a two-word phrase (eight letters, four letters) for a person who has probably used a keyboard before. What is the phrase?

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. 

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate fall foliage season with a quiz about colors.

Last week's challenge

Start with the name of a recent U. S. senator. The first letter of the first name plus the first three letters of the last name, taken in order, spell a popular website. Who is the senator and what is the website?

Answer: The senator is EVAN BAYH, and taking the appropriate letters spells EBAY.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: COLORS

13 points per correct answer)

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the birthday of legendary Albany mayor Erastus Corning with a show about politics and government.

Last week's challenge

Think of a 7-letter word containing the consecutive letters IS that means "to leave alone." Replace the IS with TO, and the result will spell a two-word phrase you might say to someone you're leaving behind. What is the word and what is the phrase?

Answer: The word is ISOLATE, which (after following the directions) becomes "TOO LATE!"

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel take a stroll down SAT memory lane with a show about analogies.

Last week's challenge

Begin with the phrase "LITERARY HACK." Change one letter, then rearrange the result to spell the name of a famous Vermonter. Who is it?

Answer: If you change one of the Rs to a P, you can rearrange the letters to spell PATRICK LEAHY, the name of the current senior Senator from Vermont.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: ANALOGIES

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the Green Mountain state during this week's show.

Last week's challenge

Take the two-word name of a current TV show where both of the words start with the same letter. Rearrange the letters of the second word, then insert them as a group into the first word. The result will spell an activity that takes place at the Culinary Institute of America. What is the show and what is the activity?

Answer: The show is BREAKING BAD.

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel undertake an alliterative quiz.

Last week's challenge:

Think of a famous person with the initials "M.D." Drop those initials, then rearrange the remaining letters to spell the name of a cartoon character. Who is the person and who is the character?

Answer: The person is Matt Damon, and the character is Atom Ant.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: REPEATED INITIALS

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark the end of summer with a labor-intensive show.

Last week's challenge

Start with the phrase SCIENCE LAB. Change one letter, then rearrange the result to name something a student might bring to class. What is this thing?
Answer: If you change the B to a P, you can rearrange the result to spell PENCIL CASE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: DOCTORS

On-air questions: Each correct answer contains the word DOCTOR. (13 points per correct answer)

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and quizmaster Mike Nothnagel kick off WAMC's new quiz program by going back to school.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

On-air questions

1. In 1965, a popular beverage was developed by researchers at the University of Florida, at the request of its football coach. For 17 points, what beverage is it?

2. In 1927, a group of women's colleges became known as the Seven Sisters. Today, five of them remain women-only colleges. For 21 points, name any two of those five colleges.

Albany, NY – Ian Pickus fills in for Joe Donahue as Suzanna Hermans is welcomed back to Studio A with this week's Book Picks.

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