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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 U.S. PRESIDENTS. Add a letter and you can rearrange the result to spell a three-letter word and a ten-letter word that both name things you might wear with a suit. What are the words?

Answer: If you add an E, you can spell TIE and SUSPENDERS.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: MATH PROBLEMS

On-air questions: The spring semester is back in full swing, despite COVID, and some of us are teaching math courses. With you on the hot seat today, I thought it was a good time to give you a busman’s holiday and give you some math problems to solve, Any Questions style.

1. The number of defensive baseball players on the field times the number of innings in a regulation baseball game plus the number of World Series won by the Arizona Diamondbacks = this number, the amount of regular season games a team plays in a normal NBA season?
2. The number of angry men in a 1957 Sidney Lumet film title times the title number of years Solomon Northup spent in bondage in a 2013 Steve McQueen film.
3. The minimum number of Electoral College votes it takes to win the White House plus the number of pieces of silver for which Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus times two = what number that repeats in a Tennyson poem?
4. The number of miles the narrator of The Proclaimers’ biggest hit is willing to walk in that song’s chorus divided by the only number in any Gabriel García Márquez novel title.
5. The three-digit number that follows Reno in a police mockumentary series that originally ran on Comedy Central in the early 2000s minus the Brooklyn precinct in a police comedy that has run on both FOX and NBC minus the title car in an NBC police sitcom that ran for two seasons in the early 1960s.

Extra credit1. The number of U.S. states that are commonwealths times the number of U.S. capitals with the word “city” in their name.
2. As “RENT” taught us, the number of minutes in a year plus the number of trombones leading “The Music Man’s” big parade plus Jean Valjean’s prisoner number in “Les Miserables.”
 

This week's challenge: Start with a common chemical symbol. Add three letters and you can spell the namesake of a famous paradox. Drop the last letter from that name and add two new letters and you can spell the namesake of a famous principle. 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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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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Any Questions #410

Jul 5, 2019

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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 pour some juleps and stand under the twin spires on this week's show.

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