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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. 

 

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel strive to be the best, at least for one week.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel trade offense for defense for a show about NFL stadium food.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with an all-American show.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel go back to a favorite category.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to navigate another show.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a trivia duel.

Any Questions #410

Jul 5, 2019

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the 26th Amendment.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel consider a merger.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark the summer solstice in style.

Service flags
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel find a novel way to mark Flag Day.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel search for a silver charm.

Any Questions #405: Gardens

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.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a show about Memorial Day.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back in brown.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for a show about P. Eople. 

Tom Morley works with a horse at Saratoga
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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.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel mark their 400th show with a special guest: Mackenzie Astin.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel stand and salute for a show about national anthems.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel keep an eye on the clock.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a show about Nobel laureates in literature.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a decidedly cheeky quiz.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel celebrate the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament this weekend in Stamford, Conn.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about internet domains, not counting wamc.org.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a show inspired by March Madness.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to shake the winter blues with a show about yellow things.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about moose, of all things.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a show about a supercomputer. (No, not Mike.)

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for their last quiz before Monday's February Fund Drive.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel "ant-swer" some more questions.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back to shed some trivia light.

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