The Midday Quiz

You can view past Midday Quiz results here by year. This quiz airs on The Midday hosted by Norman Gilliland.

Most Recent Quiz Question:

Friday, February 23, 2024

This familiar theater designation isn’t based on geography, but on capacity.

Off Broadway.

Winner: Ross Michaels, Middleton, WI

2024 Quiz Archive

View past quiz questions, answers, and winners by month.

January 2024

Monday, January 1, 2024

What do they have in common: Elizabeth Tudor, Hydrogen, Delaware, Alpha, New Year’s Day?

All are firsts: Elizabeth I, Atomic Number 1, first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution, first letter of the Greek alphabet, the first day of the year.

Winner: Joe Layde, Madison

Tuesday, January 2, 2024

He was the second to do so and his mother’s maiden name was the same as the place he did it.

Buzz Aldren. Second person to walk on the moon. His mother’s maiden name was Marion Moon.

Winner: Katherine Cera, Lodi

Wednesday, January 3, 2024

A certain sleigh driver might not approve, but paces in Finland, Iceland, and Alaska serve it as a pizza topping.

Reindeer meat.

Winner: Denny Blum, Sun Prairie

Thursday, January 4, 2024

Circus strongmen inspired the seemingly improbable attire of these law enforcers.

Superheroes.

Winner: Sarah Minsloff, New York, NY

Friday, January 5, 2024

This state is tied with Missouri for adjacency.

Tennessee.

Winner: Susan Riesch, Middleton

Monday, January 8, 2024

What do they have in common: A songbird, a fish, part of a cooked turkey, a channel marker, and a chess piece?

All are named for religious figures–cardinal, monkfish, pope’s nose, nun, bishop.

Winner: Kathleen Lhost, Appleton, WI

Tuesday, January 9, 2024

In 2011 a royal couple used them to issue wedding invitations. About half of US small businesses still use them. Many people prefer them for sharing sensitive information.

Fax machines.

Winner Bill Toman, Green Lake, WI

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

A 3 x 3 word square:
Across: Traveler’s bane, may freeze, with #1 across, stolen diamonds
Down: Somewhat, corporate top, usually enjoyable to

Across: Ice, Sea, Hot
Down: Ish, CEO, Eat

Winner: Erik & Mary Sue Osby, Plover, WI

Winner: Erik and Mary Sue Osby, Plover, WI

Thursday, January 11, 2024

See a line of its clones and you’ll know That you have a good healthy cash flow Or a boom in your coffers; Alone, though, it offers The sad news that you’re flat out of dough.

A: A Zero

Winner: Beth Dinkela, Madison, WI

Monday, January 15, 2024

The Empire Strikes Back, The Revenant, Nanook of the North, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and Way Down East did. It’s a Wonderful Life, The Shining, Lost Horizon, Citizen Kane and Fargo did not.

Use real snow.

Winner: David Hastings, Tomahawk, WI

Tuesday, January 16, 2024

From almost 3/4 of a million gallons a second to, seemingly, nothing during several early 20th century winters.

Niagara Falls.

Winner: George Savage, Madison

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

The engineer didn’t change his German name until a few years before he developed this famous French project.

The Eiffel Tower. Gustave Bonickhausen’s family had long since used the name Eiffel.

Winner: Martha Sumi, Madison

Thursday, January 18, 2024

Start with a 5-letter word for what mathematicians like. Take off first letters and you have words for an upper extremity, a comic book word, the first word of titles by Steinbeck and Somerset Maugham, and a white letter in a blue field. What’s the first word?

Proof.

Winner: Leo Van Asten, Fitchburg, WI

Friday, January 19, 2024

For now, the largest is about 39 miles by 39 miles by a sixth of a mile.

Iceberg. A23a is about the size of Rhode Island.

Winner: Gary Edelstein, Madison, WI

Winner: Leo Van Asten, Fitchburg, WI

Monday, January 22, 2024

Word word applies:
Will he be at the rollicking game?
Make some racket, ongoing acclaim?
Though the lowly grass feeder
Is no raucous cheerleader,
He should come since they have the same name.

Cricket

Winner: Liz Walker, Madison, WI

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

Batman does. So do Miss Piggy, Count Tyrone Rugen, Audrey Hepburn, and the Lone Ranger.

Wear gloves.

Winner: Dana Brzezinski, Milwaukee, WI

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

 A mouse passed this test, joining several primates, dolphins, an elephant, and an evil queen

The mirror test of self-recognition.

Winner: Jim Miller, Manitowoc, WI

Thursday, January 25, 2024

Actually, the total is about 200 stories, the title being hyperbole.

The 1001 Nights, aka The Arabian Nights.

Winner: Yoyi Steele, Fort Atkinson, WI

Friday, January 26, 2024

About three quarters of the world’s remaining reserves of this life-sustaining element are in an African country and a disputed area adjacent to it.

Phosphorus. In Morocco and Western Sahara.

Winner: Jake Wood, Madison, WI

Friday, January 26, 2024

About three quarters of the world’s remaining reserves of this life-sustaining element are in an African country and a disputed area adjacent to it.

Phosphorus. In Morocco and Western Sahara.

Winner: Jake Wood, Madison, WI

Monday, January 29, 2024

A workman’s error spelled a bad future for this presidential monument.

The Lincoln Memorial. The word “future” was spelled “euture.”

Winner: Bennette Harris, Belleville, WI

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Q: Named in 2017, these notorious media do have positive uses in healthcare.

Deepfakes.

Winner: Aaron Gaetzke, Madison, WI

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

What do they have in common: A marine mammal with a prominent proboscis, a manatee, a fish with a prehensile tail, a predatory marine mammal, a fish with barbels?

All are named for land animals: An elephant seal, a sea cow, a seahorse, a leopard seal, and a catfish.

Winner: Gary Kuchenbecker, Tigerton, WI

February 2024

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Despite the marketing images, the source of about half of it is a tap.

Bottled water.

Winner: Wes Ebert, Wausau, WI

Friday, February 2, 2024

Appropriately, the first film to make this statement was about dogs.

No animals were harmed in the making of this film.

Winner: Ken Braband, Green Bay, WI

Monday, February 5, 2024

What’s the progression: Cyclops, Odysseus, a Twilight Zone Venusian, the bespectacled, an Opabinia, Cerberus?

Number of eyes from 1 through 6.

Winner: Samuel Bates, Madison, WI

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

An 18th century English playwright who found that a sound effect he had created had been co-opted is thought to have initiated what familiar saying?

They’ve stolen my thunder.

Winner: Joe Turzynski, Genesee Depot, WI

Wednesday, February 7, 2024

Who is it?
There’s no time now to think twice or freeze.
You’re a whirlwind of hands, feet, and knees.
When you take to the air
You must look debonaire,
And then land with a force of 10Gs.

A: A figure skater doing a quadruple jump

Winner: John Powlaites, Mt. Pleasant, WI

Thursday, February 8, 2024

This term for a nonconforming pedestrian was once applied to drivers.

Jaywalker, jaydriver

Winner: Marina Agerter, Reston, VA

Monday, February 12, 2024

It’s second to Thanksgiving in this regard and has a menu heavy on pizza.

Food consumption in the U.S. on Super Bowl Sunday.

Winner: Paul Hesse, Tomahawk, WI

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Decode the following message: 91215225251521.

I Love You.

Winner: Chris Lofgren, Eau Claire, WI

Thursday, February 15, 2024

What distinction do they share: Chickadee, Ping-Pong, Bobwhite, Kodak, Whippoorwill?

Their names are all onomatopoetic, named for the sounds they make.

Winner: Karl Nilson, New Berlin, WI

Friday, February 16, 2024

Some of the extras in this classic film were recruited at a garbage dump.

A: Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.

Winner: Blaine LeGault, Sun Prairie, WI

Monday, February 19, 2024

An automotive engineer exasperated by working with his team uttered this famous saying.

No correct answer today. We’ll repeat this question tomorrow.

Winner: Find out tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

: An automotive engineer exasperated by working with his team uttered this famous saying.

“A camel is a horse designed by a committee.” Sir Alec Issigonis, designer of the Mini, 1959.

Winner: Donford Anderson, Green Bay, WI

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The biggest was about 80 inches in circumference, a record that has stuck and the substance may making it may have also.

Bubble gum bubble.

Winner: Jim Hess, Sheboygan, WI

Thursday, February 22, 2024

What is it?

Within earshot of Westminster chimes,
A short walk from the venerable Times,
It stands massive and mute.
As grim goes, it’s a beaut,
A concealer of myriad crimes.

The Tower of London.

Winner: Andrew Hellpap, Belleville, WI

Friday, February 23, 2024

This familiar theater designation isn’t based on geography, but on capacity.

Off Broadway.

Winner: Ross Michaels, Middleton, WI