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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 LONG DISTANCES. Rearrange the letters to spell two words (six letters and seven letters) that name things made by pouring a substance into molds. What are the words?

Answer: The words are INGOTS and CANDLES.

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "BEFORE AND AFTER No. 7"

On-air questions: We haven’t played a round of Before and After in a while, so this week we’re going to play a round of Before and After. To refresh everyone’s memories: the answer to each question is a combination of two things, where the final word of the first thing is the same as the first word of the second thing, like “Oliver Twist and Shout.”

1. What classic 1969 album features songs about the Sun King, Her Majesty, and a PBS series about the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants?
2. What 2000 movie starring Ashton Kutcher and Seann William Scott recounts their efforts to locate their missing NPR automotive repair/advice podcast?
3. What 1964 children's book is about a building that has an Inventing Room, a Fizzy-Lifting Drink Room, and a Chewing Gum Stretching Room, and is located near a Cold-War era crossing between East Berlin and West Berlin?
4. What landmark 1803 court case established judicial review and held that U.S. courts can strike down laws that are contrary to the U.S. Constitution, especially those about a famous New York City sports venue?
5. What song by Public Enemy that was featured in the 1989 movie "Do the Right Thing" was also used by James K. Polk as a campaign slogan to further his goal of annexing land in the Pacific Northwest up to a certain line of latitude?

Extra credit1. What long-running musical, which had more than 2500 performances on Broadway between 2003 and 2009, was inspired by children's television shows such as Sesame Street and is about a home-shopping channel?
2. What song, the title track from Milli Vanilli's debut album, is about an HBO anthology series that has starred, at various times, Matthew McConaughey and Mahershala Ali?
 

This week's challenge: Start with the words TWO PHRASES. Change one letter to a P and you can rearrange the result to spell a six-letter word for a person you see in a church and a four-letter word for things you see in a church. 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 swap seats for a show about Nobel laureates in literature.

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James DeMers

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.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a mysterious show.

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

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel turn back the clock for their first show of 2019.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are clearing out the last trivia questions of 2018.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a holiday shopping spree.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to get an A in geography.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to outfox one another.

Any Questions #379: "11"

Nov 30, 2018

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for an 11-based quiz.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are middle men.

WAMC's Ian Pickus receives a message from resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a post-election quiz.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for their first show of November.

Any Questions #374

Oct 26, 2018

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with their annual series show.

Bobby Orr
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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel play some "either/orr" this week.

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MLB

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch spots for a baseball-themed show, kind of.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel say "yes" to a show about Dr. No.

Any Questions #370: Keys

Sep 28, 2018

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back to unlock a show about keys.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for a show about people with last names starting with "O."

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Paul Simon

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel switch seats for a quiz that has them both feelin' groovy.

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