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 name L. FRANK BAUM. Change one letter to an N and you can spell a three-letter word for a person you see at a baseball game and two words (three letters and four letters) for actions you might see at a baseball game. What are the words?

Answer: If you change the M to an N, you can spell FAN, RUN, and BALK.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: BROWN

On-air questions: On May 17, 1954, the United States Supreme Court handed down its decision in Brown v. Board of Education. The Court decided that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional, even if those segregated schools were otherwise equal. Their determination that separate facilities were inherently unequal – and therefore violate the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment – is one of a series of decisions that have essentially, if not officially, overruled Plessy v. Ferguson, an earlier case that first established the "separate but equal" doctrine. To commemorate the decision in Brown v. Board of Education, each correct answer this week will contain the word "brown". 

1. What name comes next sequentially in this list: Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair?2. In 1965, television producer Lee Mendelsohn helped pitch a show to Coca-Cola – the company looking to advertise during the show – that would contain, as he explained to them, "winter scenes, a school play, a scene to be read from the Bible, and a soundtrack combining jazz and traditional music." This special, which aired later that year, was titled what?3. By what name do we most commonly know a boy detective, whose real first name is Leroy and who charges 25 cents per day, plus expenses to solve cases, who appears in a series of 29 novels by Donald J. Sobol, published between 1963 and 2012?4. What two words fill in the blank in this statement made in August of 1969: "To get back to the warning that I’ve received, you might take it with however many grains of salt you wish, that the _____ that is circulating around us is not specifically too good. It's suggested that you do stay away from that. Of course it’s your own trip, so be my guest."5. In a famous pangram that first appeared in a Boston newspaper in 1885 as part of an article about good sentences for students to use to practice writing, what animal jumps over the lazy dog? 

Extra credit

1. Named after the nickname of the company that sponsored him, what thoroughbred won the 2008 Kentucky Derby and the 2008 Preakness Stakes but fell short of the Triple Crown when he failed to finish the Belmont Stakes?2. What group won Best New Vocal Duo or Group at the 2009 Academy of Country Music Awards, Best New Artist at the 2010 Grammy Awards, and New Artist of the Year at the 2010 Country Music Association Awards?  

This week's challenge: Start with the phrase BROWN RICE. Change one letter to an O and you can spell the names of two things (four letters and five letters) that a king or a queen might wear. 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. 

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus is relieved as resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel throws him a softball with a quiz about sports.

Last week's challenge

Think of a well-known landmark in England. Remove all the repeated letters from its name, and the remaining five letters can be rearranged to name something that some old buildings are reported to have. What is the landmark and what is the thing?

Answer: The landmark is STONEHENGE, and the non-repeated letters can be rearranged to spell GHOST.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: SPORTS

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark the 125th anniversary of the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty with a show about landmarks.

Last week's challenge

Start with the phrase NUMERICAL ORDER. Change one letter, then rearrange the result to get three words that can describe a number. What are they?

Answer: If you change the C to a P, you can rearrange the letters to spell ROUND, REAL, and PRIME.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: LANDMARKS

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the World Series with a quiz about series.

Last week's challenge

Start with the two-word name of a U. S. city, where the first word is a color. If you change the fifth letter of the second word to a "D," you'll get a new word that names some colorful things. What is the city and what are the things?

Answer: The city is WHITE PLAINS (New York). Changing the N in PLAINS to a D spells PLAIDS.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: SERIES

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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