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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 words PIGEON and PARROT. Change one letter to an R and you can rearrange the result to spell the eight-letter name of a profession associated with the number zero and a four-letter word for a sound that person might hear a lot during their workday. What are the words?

Answer:  Start with the words PIGEON and PARROT. Change one letter to an R and you can rearrange the result to spell the eight-letter name of a profession associated with the number zero and a four-letter word for a sound that person might hear a lot during their workday. What are the words?

THIS WEEK'S CATEGORY: "S-D"

On-air questions: We hope our listeners are practicing social distancing by staying indoors as much as possible, and our questions this time around are going to contribute to the social distancing effort. In each correct answer this week, the first word will begin with the letter S and the final word will end with the letter D.

1. What breed was named after a hospice in Switzerland and was originally developed to aid the hospice in rescuing people in the Alps, but has not been used for that purpose since the 1950s?
2. What two-word name is given to the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Service – the organization responsible for policing the 32 boroughs of London – which has at various times been located on the Victoria Embankment and on Broadway, and whose name refers to a street behind the agency’s original location where the door that eventually became the public entrance to the building was located?
3. What union was founded in 1933 in response to the exploitation of Hollywood performers through oppressive multi-year contracts with major studios, merged with the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists in 2012, and has elected as its president some two dozen people including Ronald Reagan, Patty Duke, and Melissa Gilbert?
4. What fictional character first appeared in an 1840s Victorian penny dreadful titled The String of Pearls and has been portrayed over the years by Len Cariou, Ben Kingsley, Michael Cerveris, and Johnny Depp?
5. By what collective name do we know a mausoleum, a lighthouse, gardens, a colossus, and three other things built between around 2580 BC and 280 BC?

Extra credit1. What television series that aired from 1980 to 1988 featured a group of professional dancers that would perform routines to the hit songs of the week?
2. What venue was the site of the 1985 and 2006 NFC Championship Games and a March 2014 NHL game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Pittsburgh Penguins?
 

This week's challenge: Start with the phrase SOCIAL DISTANCES. Rearrange the letters to spell a seven-letter word and an eight-letter word that both name buildings that have guards. 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 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.

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

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

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with the first show of the eighth season.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a "before and after" quiz.

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

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for another show. WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for another show.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a sweet 16 show.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for the last quiz of July.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel swap seats for a show about sports venues.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back with a "land"-based show.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back for another crack at one of their stranger categories.

WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel try to brave another week.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are "swapping spots" this week for a show about alliteration.

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WAMC's Ian Pickus and resident quizzer Mike Nothnagel are back in the saddle again.

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