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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 WEATHER MAPS. Rearrange the letters to spell the first and last names of an actress and the name of a musical instrument. Who is the actress and what is the instrument?

Answer: MAE WEST, HARP.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "WORDS IN ALEX TREBEK"

On-air questions: It’s a sad time here in the world of trivia following the death of Alex Trebek at age 80. Trebek, of course, hosted Jeopardy! since 1984, and dozens of other game shows. It’s fair to say this show and many others like it wouldn’t be here without the sustained success of Jeopardy! and Trebek. In his honor, all of the correct answers tonight can be spelled using the letters in “Alex Trebek.”

1. What word can be found in book titles by Betty Smith, Shel Silverstein, and Mary Pope Osborne?
2. A McDonald’s ad campaign and accompanying jingles from 1995 through 1997 rhymed “we all need to get away” with a question asking, Have you had your ________ today?
3. What proper noun describes each of the following men: Anthony Davis, Elgin Baylor, LeBron James, Magic Johnson?
4. What is outcome in the following situation? A pitcher makes any motion associated with his natural pitching delivery and doesn’t deliver the ball; feigns a throw to first or third without throwing, or swings his free leg past the rubber without throwing home or to second.
5. Question five has two answers — brew, suds or a cold one?

Extra credit1. What title adjective refers to an estate at Chesney Wold in an 1853 book by Charles Dickens?
2. What word, used pejoratively, comes before “scum” in “Return of the Jedi,” when Imperial Officer Renz is confronting Han Solo and Princess Leia, and again in “The Last Jedi,” when General Hux is speaking to Poe Dameron?
 

This week's challenge: Start with the phrase DAILY DOUBLES. Rearrange the letters and you can spell a two-word phrase that describes best friends. 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? #22

Jan 27, 2012

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel fill in some blanks.

Last week's challenge
Think of a place associated with the White House (4 letters in the first word, 6 letters in the second). Drop the S from this name, and the remaining nine letters can be rearranged to spell the last names of two people who ran against each other for U.S. president. What is the place and who are the people?

Answer: The place is the ROSE GARDEN, and the people are GORE and NADER.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: _____ AND _____

Any Questions? #21

Jan 20, 2012

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel undertake a presidential quiz to commemorate inauguration day, which usually falls on January 20th.

Last week's challenge

Take the name of a well-known person in the entertainment industry whose last name ends with a Z (7 letters in the first name, 4 letters in the second). Change the Z to an I, then rearrange the result to spell two forms of entertainment. What are they?

Any Questions? #20

Jan 13, 2012

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel welcome a special guest to play this week's show: NPR puzzlemaster and New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz, appropriately the first guest solver in Any Questions? history.

Last week's challenge

Begin with the word RESOLUTION. Add a letter, then rearrange the result to spell a two-word phrase (3 letters in the first word, 8 letters in the second) that names things someone might want to break free from in the new year. What are these things?

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the arrival of 2012 with a quiz about all things new.

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel offer an Any Questions? clearance sale.

Last week's challenge
A customer pays for $13.59 worth of groceries with a $50 bill. The cashier counts out the change, then remarks, "Huh, that's interesting." The customer, upon receiving the change, replies, "You're right. That is interesting." So, what's so interesting?

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are all about the Benjamins on this week's currency show.

Last week's challenge

Take the last name of a famous cartoon family. If you change the first letter to a W, you can rearrange the result to spell one of the nicknames for a place where many cartoons have been produced. What is the last name and what is the nickname?

Answer: The family's last name is FLINTSTONE, and the nickname is TINSELTOWN.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: U.S. CURRENCY

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel get serious about cartoons.

Last week's challenge

Start with the phrase APPLE STORE. Rearrange these ten letters to spell two names you might see in a supermarket checkout line. What are they?

Answer: The names are STAR and PEOPLE.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: CARTOONS

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel undertake a very un-P.C. quiz.

Last week's challenge
Take a seven-letter language term ending in M. Drop that M, then rearrange the remaining letters to spell something to write with. What is the term and what is the thing?

Answer: The term is ACRONYM, and the thing is a CRAYON.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: I'M A "MAC"

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel open the book on a literary quiz.

Last week's challenge

Start with the six-letter name of a national corporation. The name begins with an A, and if you drop that A, you can rearrange the remaining letters to spell the name of a national store chain. What names are these?

Answer: The corporation is AMTRAK and the store chain is KMART.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: LITERATURE

Albany, NY – WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark Black Friday with a quiz about business.

Last week's challenge
The Gila monster is a venomous lizard found in the Southwest. Rearrange the letters in Gila monster to come up with a two-word phrase that describes Any Questions?'s audience. The first word has five letters. The second has six.
Answer: The phrase is SMART LEGION.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: BUSINESS

Albany, NY – Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus switch seats for a quiz about New Mexico.

Albany, NY – Resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel and WAMC's Ian Pickus switch seats for a quiz about New Mexico.

Last week's challenge

Begin with the four-letter name of a drink. Add the consecutive letters XI (as in the Roman numeral for eleven) somewhere in that name, and you'll get an adjective describing something that might make you want a drink. What is the drink and what is the adjective?

Answer: The drink is TANG, and the adjective is TAXING.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: New Mexico

Albany, NY – This week's quiz goes to 11 as WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate November 11, 2011 and the 11th installment of the show.

Last week's challenge

Take the nickname of an NFL team. Move the fifth letter to the second position, and the result will name things often seen on a football uniform. What is the team and what are the things?

Answer: The team is the New Orleans SAINTS, and following the directions will spell STAINS.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: THE NUMBER 11

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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