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, July 19, 2024

Producers of films starring Carrie Fisher, Oliver Reed, Shemp Howard, Crispian Glover, and Bela Lugosi all required one.

A body double, aka Fake Shemp, to replace an actor unavailable to complete a film. Such doubles are sometimes known as Fake Shemps.

Winner: John Casey, McFarland, WI

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.


Winner: Sarah Minsloff, New York, NY

Friday, January 5, 2024

This state is tied with Missouri for adjacency.


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?


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.


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.


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 debonnair,
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

Repeat Question: 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

Monday, February 26, 2024

 What distinction do these words share: Gray, Whiskey, Judgement, Kidnapped, Traveled?

A: All can be spelled two different ways in American English: Grey, Whisky, Judgment, Kidnaped, Travelled.

Winner: Daniel Lee, Evansville, WI

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

 This innovation occurred when an American merchant sent separately packaged samples of his product to Europe and found out that the samples were being used while still in the packaging.

A: The teabag.

Winner: Robert K. Leedham, Jr., Madison, WI

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

 What does this refer to: Hundred—Number 1, one—number 2, twenty—number 3,  five–number 4,  fifty—number 5,  ten–number 6,  two–number 7.

Number of bills in each denomination in circulation.

Winner: Tony Reindl, Two Rivers, WI

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Born in Kansas to formerly enslaved parents, an actor in this movie set a film precedent.

A: Gone With the Wind. Hattie McDaniel became the first Black actor to win an Academy Award on February 29, 1940.

Winner: Pat Hammeke, Applrteon, WI

March 2024

Friday, March 1, 2024

 These rural phenomena, most popular from the 1880s to the 1910s, were touted for their efficiency.

Round barns.

Winner: Julie Nelson, Mazomanie

Monday, March 4, 2024

 A 3×3 word square:
Across: Reason request; a voter; split resistant wood. 
Down:  Welsh river, Norse underworld denizen, edible tuber.

A: Why, yea, elm, Wye, Hel, Yam.

Winner: David Larsen, Sioux Falls, SD

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

 A short story and play set on American island during a downpour has this name.

A: Rain. The story is by Somerset Maugham. The play was written by  John Colton and Clemence Randolph.

Winner: Jan Adelman, Fond du Lac, WI

Wednesday, March 6, 2024

 What do they have in common: A tree disease, influenza, measles, a respiratory illness, a pesky scarab?

Rightly or wrongly, all are named after countries—Dutch elm disease, Spanish flu, German measles, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, Japanese beetle.

Winner: Robert Newton, Madison, WI

Thursday, March 7, 2024

Particularly popular in Wisconsin, its most prominent characteristic comes from a bacterium also found on human skin.

Limburger cheese. 

Winner: Rhonda Kilker, Shelburne, VT

Friday, March 8, 2024

This popular character was named after one of the creator’s relatives, who was named after an American Chief Executive.

Garfield the cat. Named after James A. Garfield Davis, grandfather of cartoonist Jim Davis.

Winner: Fred Koerschner, Algona, IA

Monday, March 11, 2024

Start with a six-letter word for a blade seller. Take off first letters and you get words for “what’s in a shell,” “bumpkin,” “disgusting!,” clothier logo, and a vitamin. What’s the first word?


Winner: Erin Kotenberg, De Pere, WI

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

It may take as long as a thousand years to biodegrade, as visitors to a wall in Seattle may one day aver.

Chewing gum. A Seattle landmark is the gum wall.

Winner: Stephanie Doose, Eau Claire, WI

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

What distinction do they share: Music popularized in the ’60s, a decorative ball, a lively French dance, a Pacific capital, a West African belief system?

All have double names: go-go, pom-pom, can-can, Pago-Pago, Juju.

Winner: Charles McDonald, Mount Pleasant, WI

Thursday, March 14, 2024

At the dawn of the 20th century, the New York Times asserted that a nation that eats this food can never be permanently vanquished.  


Winner: Karl Stubenvoll, Fish Creek, WI

Friday, March 15, 2024

What is it? ‘Tis no object, I think, for affection, With its mottled and slimy complexion. Tourists give it a kiss With their eyes closed in bliss— Saints be praised–-and no closer inspection.  

The Blarney Stone.

Winner: J Depner, Menasha, WI

Monday, March 18, 2024

This opera—most famous for its beginning—was based on a play inspired by the French and American revolutions.  

William Tell by Rossini. Based on the play of the same name by Friedrich Schiller.

Winner: Petra Streiff, New Glarus, WI

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Tracking the world record for this was discontinued at 18 days because of the danger to the health of the contestants.  

Sleep deprivation.

Winner: Elizabeth Barrett, Madison, WI

Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Derived from the name of a play from the 1930s, this term for a form of psychological deception came back into common usage in the 2010s. 


Winner: Tyler Jones, Appleton, WI

Thursday, March 21, 2024

Who is it? A king of charisma and means Took the lead in historical scenes. Was he started and floored? No Best Actor award–Just his name on a can of sardines.

King Oscar of Norway

Winner: TBA

Friday, March 22, 2024

A prominent feature of this African landmark may disappear within a few decades.

Mount Kilimanjaro.

Winner: Daniel S. Greenspan

Monday, March 25, 2024

What do they have in common: A Mozart and Rossini character, a longtime sportscaster, a Fleet Street businessman, the Adagio for Strings, Johnny Depp.

A: All are barbers. Figaro–The Barber of Seville, Red Barber, Sweeney Todd—the Demon Barber of Fleet Street, composer Samuel Barber, beautician Edward Scissorhands played by Johnny Depp.

Winner: Arthur Ness, Dodgeville, WI

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Smuggling is a factor in the price increase of this Easter favorite.

Chocolate. Drier, hotter weather in West Africa is another factor.

Winner: John Lightfield, Burlington, WI

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Who are they: Although it’s more dangerous for one of the two to head in that direction, they go with the flow.

Huckleberry Finn and Jim.

Winner: Adam Allison, Verona, WI

Thursday, March 28, 2024

For the sake of their mental health, some young people are reverting to this pre-2015 form of communication.

Flip phones. For various reasons, including the “always-on” mentality of email.

Winner: Taylor, Schultz, Sarona, WI

Friday, March 29, 2024

Although the odds are not good for getting through, this ancient form of communication resulted in a wedding between a Swede and an Italian.

A message in a bottle. In 1956, Swedish sailor Ake Viking sent a bottled message “To Someone Beautiful and Far Away.” Two years later he and the Sicilian girl who found it were married.

Winner: Mike Cooper, Baraboo, WI

April 2024

Monday, April 1, 2024

An announcement that this famous instrument was going to go digital for the convenience of visitors met surprising disapproval.

Big Ben. The redesigned clock was to be renamed digital Dave. Surprisingly few listeners thought the BBC April Fool’s joke was amusing.

Winner: Charles Wickliffe, Lake Mills, WI

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

A 3×3 word square:
Across—Rain feature, business communication method, stand here to get #1 across.
Down—Lies form one​, Tokyo once, Norse god.

Wet, EDI, bow, web, Edo, Tiw.

Winner: John Reilly, Janesville, WI

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

A servant’s monologue in one of Shakespeare’s plays may be the source of this childhood form of humor.

The knock-knock joke. The play is Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 3.

Winner: Diane Hodson, Belvedere, IL

Thursday, April 4, 2024

About one American in 11 has this economic distinction, with New York, California, and Florida having the most.


Winner: June Varney, Elm Grove, WI

Friday, April 5, 2024

People in this profession pay $20 or more for a snack food bag, not its contents.

The movies. Let’s brand potato chip bags are made of vinyl that won’t make noise during dialogue and won’t create copyright issues.

Winner: Jim Tortorellli, Madison, WI

Monday, April 8, 2024

Columbus predicted one to impress the locals.  So did the Connecticut Yankee.

A Solar eclipse.

Winner: Linda Hyer, Sheboygan, WI

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

What do they have in common: Pneumonia, an amicus brief, a plunger, a dog, and a 1941 novel and 1943 movie?

All are “friends.” The old man’s friend, friend of the court, plumber’s friend, man’s best friend, My Friend Flicka.

Winner: Neil Fleming, Eau Claire, WI

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

While he lived in the only home he owned, he adopted stray kittens, and continued with some he found on a battlefield after he had moved into government housing.

Abraham Lincoln.

Winner: Susan Harris, Belleville, WI

Thursday, April 11, 2024

A still life by Cezanne, Head of a Peasant Woman by Van Gogh, The Old Guitarist by Picasso, a portrait of John Medford, and Portrait of a Woman by Degas all exhibit his kind of economy.

Reusing a canvas. All have paintings underneath them.

Winner: David Snook, Madison, WI

Friday, April 12, 2024

The solution to a famous mystery by this American author hinges on confusion over what language the perp speaks.

Edgar Allan Poe. The mystery is Murders in the Rue Morgue.

Winner: Ron Frager, Portage, WI

Monday, April 15, 2024

Just under a million dollars a year, about ten percent of it at JFK.

How much money passengers left behind at airport screening.

Winner: RuthAnn Reynen, De Pere, WI

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Q: These plans for Alaska and the Danish West Indies went through. Greenland, Iceland, and part of the Dominican Republic did not.

U.S. purchases.

Winner: Dan Elsass, Madison, WI

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The starting point of this prominent American feature was Identified at a place about 9000 feet above sea level in the 1880s, but now nobody’s quite sure where it is. 

The Missouri River.

Winner: Dena Sedlmayr, Madison, WI

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Charles Darwin observed that every animal makes way for this one.

The skunk.

Winner: Hazel Jonjak, Hayward, WI

Friday, April 19, 2024

There’s no need to worry about a spoiler when talking about a mystery that was the last book by this Victorian author because

Charles Dickens left The Mystery of Edwin Drood unfinished.

Winner: Pat Malcolm, Madison, WI

Monday, April 22, 2024

 What are they?
Though they may be considered the least
Of the gems in spring’s flowery feast
And a lowly discard
From a homeowner’s yard,
They’re the teeth of the kingliest beast.

Dandelions. The name comes from the French for “lion’s tooth.”

Winner: Barry Yarbro, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

 Q: What do these words have in common: trap, cake, grass, cactus, apple?

Crab can go before all of them.

Winner: Lori Brost, Marshfield, WI

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

 Q: During an effort to develop a nonalcoholic painkiller, a Confederate veteran inadvertently developed the mainstay of this major corporation.


Winner: Greg Polacheck, Lake Mills, WI

Thursday, April 25, 2024

A woodpecker grounded one of these billion-dollar pieces of government property for a month.

A space shuttle. The Discovery. 

Winner: Lynn Hammill, Menominee, MI

Friday, April 26, 2024

Generally frowned upon, they were introduced by this name in the National Lampoon as a way of saving the time and money required to see a movie or buy a mystery novel.


Winner: Helene Androski, Madison, WI

Monday, April 29, 2024

What is it?
Rubbing Liberty’s risks a great fall,
Likewise, Lincoln’s at Rushmore’s too tall,
Giving David’s a touch
Would presume way too much,
And the Sphinx doesn’t have one at all.


Winner: Randy Williams, Beloit, WI

Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Various university libraries have been tied to this urban legend about a design miscalculation.

That the building is sinking because the architect failed to account for the weight of the books.

Winner: Tod, Penfield, NY

May 2024

Wednesday, May 1, 2024

Q: The debut game at this venerable park was overshadowed by a calamity that had taken place hundreds of miles to the northeast.

Fenway Park. Opened April 20, 1912, five days after the sinking of the Titanic.

Winner: Arn Chamberlain, Eagle, WI

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Q: George Washington advised his agents to write messages of this kind in the margins of books.

A: Messages written in invisible ink.

Winner: Paul Cera, Racine, WI

Friday, May 3, 2024

A journalist thought that a lamp was a more suitable image for her than the hammer she used for breaking the locks of cabinets to get to medicines for soldiers.

A: Florence Nightingale, known generally as The Lady with the Lamp, although soldiers called her The Lady with the Hammer.

Winner: Robert Kopeke, Watertown, WI

Monday, May 6, 2024

This world capital recently slipped a notch in its ranking among the highest capitals in the world.

A: Mexico City, which is sinking as much as 10 inches a year.

Winner: Ed Bruni, Plymouth, WI

Tuesday, May 7, 2024

This geological feature got its name, not from animals or its extent, but from the proportions of its entrance.

A: Mammoth Cave, KY

Winner: Brian Clancey, Alpha, MN

Wednesday, May 8, 2024

A Swedish biologist came up with the concept for this more or less accurate timekeeper.

A flower clock with the hour of the day indicated by when its flowers open. The biologist was Carl Linnaeus.

Thursday, May 9, 2024

This 18th century Pennsylvania native ran afoul of lawsuits over his faulty surveys of land to the southwest.

Daniel Boone.

Daniel Elsass, Madison, WI

Friday, May 10, 2024

What do they have in common: A Boston transit route, a road marker, a World War II novel, an Errol Morris documentary, a document showing the differences between two versions of another document

Lines—The Green Line, the yellow line, The Thin Red Line, The Thin Blue Line, blackline.

Winner: Keli Goodchild, Baraboo, WI

Monday, May 13, 2024

A 3×3 word square:
Across: To know, archaically
                  A population indigenous to India
                  A racket
Down: Member of a former feminine military branch
               Heard at weddings
               A transgression and—with 1 and 3 across—a state.

Wis, Adi, Con, WAC, I Do, Sin.

Winner: Paul Bentzen, Lone Rock, WI

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

What’s the progression: A fluid quantity, extraordinary perception, an astrological phenomenon, a musical designation, pastime finale.

A fifth of liquor, sixth sense, the seventh house, an eighth note, the ninth inning.

Winner: Joseph Rohrer, Eau Claire, WI

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Popular deep-fried at fairs, in their factory state, they’re about 65 percent air.


Winner: Joshua Mose, Jefferson, WI

 Thursday, May 16, 2024

Seaside spectators and news crews were horrified to discover that they were standing too close to the demolition of one.

A deceased whale.  A half ton of dynamite covered the onlookers with parts of the whale, most of which remained intact.

Winner: Robert Borchers, Middleton, WI

Friday, May 17, 2024

What distinction do they share: A mathematical genius, a naval officer, a gladiator, a hard-boiled detective, and an outlaw leader.

Russell Crowe played them all.

Winner: U. Allen Plum, Madison

Monday, May 20, 2024

This municipality got nickname not from dairy but from the color of a prominent building material.

Milwaukee, the Cream City, named for its cream-colored bricks.

Winner: Marc Sanders, Cedarburg, WI

Tuesday, May 21, 2024

What do these plants have in common: An unwelcome lawn feature, freshwater greenery, a bitter root, digitalis, vampire repellent?

All are named after animals—crabgrass, duckweed, horseradish, foxglove, wolfsbane.

Winner: Philip Munroe, Neenah, WI

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

 Where in America? As many as 300,000 exit this dwelling every night.

Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico.

Winner: Tom Russell, Stevens Point, WI

Thursday, May 23, 2024

 Typically, 16 rows with 50 in a row.

Kernels on an ear of corn.

Winner: Diane Ekar, Lake Nebagamon, WI

Friday, May 24, 2024

 Taking Emerson’s advice, she built a better one and theater-goers have beaten a path to the doors of theaters ever since.

Agatha Christie with er play Mouse Trap.

Winner: Donna Gilson, Madison, WI

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Q: The smallest and the largest states haven’t had any for a quarter century, while other states have seen them in record numbers.

A: Tornadoes.

Winner: Maxine Smith, Kewaunee, WI

Thursday, May 30, 2024

The recipient opposed receiving the highest of honors, but this landmark is named for him anyway.

Mount Everest Sir George Everest , Surveyor General of India, who preferred a local name for the mountain.

Winner: John Powilaites, Mount Pleasant, WI

Friday, May 31, 2024

Because of Inflation this symbol was omitted from computer keyboards.

The cent sign.

Winner: Steve Lasco, Shawano, WI

June 2024

Monday, June 3, 2024

Because of a promise to their father, these two flew together only once.

Wilber and Orville Wright.

Winner: Wayne Carroll, Eau Claire, WI

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

The developers of this condiment couldn’t get the trademark for its name because it was already on the map of England.

Worcestershire sauce.

Winner: Tom Normington, Edgar, WI

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

During World War II, why would an American officer be on a German ship flying an American flag over a German one?

The German ship had been captured by an American one. It was U-505, a German submarine captured by the Americans off the coast of Africa.

Winner: Bob & Betty Kleemeier, Eau Claire, WI

Thursday, June 6, 2024

 The future Obi-Wan Kenobi and Scotty were there. So were Medgar Evers, Charles Durning, and Yogi Berra.

All participated in D-Day. James Doohan—aka Scotty—​and Charles Durning were wounded.​  Also there were David Niven, J.D. Salinger, and Henry Fonda.

Winner: Carl Creager, Middleton, WI

Friday, June 7, 2024

 ​A dog, a rabbit, an insect, a parrot, and an angel all take on this literary role.

Narrator. In the Art of Racing in the Rain, Watership Down,  and books by Robertson Davies, Rebecca Miller, and Michael Chabon.

Winner: Annie, Arena, WI

Monday, June 10, 2024

 ​US production of them peaked in 1965 and, during the next decade, plummeted to zero, in part because of the greater availability of air conditioning.


Winner: Gary Edelstein, Madison, WI

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

 ​Its plural varies, and its first public demonstration took place way back in 1968.

A computer mouse.

Winner: Andrew Bruce, Fitchburg, WI

Tuesday, June 12, 2024

 ​A 3×3 word square: Across—in summer forecast, Keats wrote about one, goes with informal potato.      Down—Goes with ten in the military, ​conquistadors’ object, used to find the foregoing?

Hot, Urn, Tot, Hut, Oro, TNT.

Winner: Barbara Moldenhauer, Herbster, WI

Thursday, June 13, 2024

The largest artificial one is shared by two African countries.

Lake or reservoir

Winner: Jill Ellis, Oregon, WI

Friday, June 14, 2024

A life-sized replica of this legendary gift stands outside a city in Turkey.

The Trojan Horse.

Winner: Nancy Fuller, Middleton, WI

Monday, June 17, 2024

A Greek astronomer could’ve told you 2300 years ago, a Polish one 500 years ago, but according to a recent poll, one American in four cannot.

Tell you that the earth revolves around the sun.

Winner: Ann Marie Godfrey, Ripon, WI

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

From three to 8 feet or so they can manage. Higher or lower may cost one of their mythical nine.

A: Cats. They can right themselves in that height zone.

Winner: Chris Simonson, Muscoda, WI

Wednesday, June 19, 2024

What are they?

It’s a family reunion perhaps,
Taking place after quite a long lapse.
Once you’re roused from a dream
You can let off some steam,
Then resume your spectacular naps.

Winner: Emily Gage, Minneapolis, MN

Thursday, June 20, 2024

Fidel Castro was. So were Napoleon, Juan Peron, Joan of Arc, Elizabeth I and her father.

Were excommunicated.

Winner: Carol Rost, Plymouth, WI

Friday, June 21, 2024

According to the Library of Congress, this satirical film was no bomb although it has one in the title.

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb.

Winner: Carol Sparr, Tomahawk, WI

Monday, June 24, 2024

The accessory in this famous Dutch painting may be fake since a real one would’ve been very expensive.

The Girl with the Pearl Earring by Vermeer.

Winner: Dana Brzezinski, Milwaukee, WI

Tuesday, June 25, 2024

The story about the men on the bridge, the boat and the trees was made up to sell more of this English product.

Blue Willow China.

Winner: Mary Ann Hall

Wednesday, June 26, 2024

This classic satire tells of a place where small thinkers develop political parties based on how to crack open an egg.

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift.

Winner: Charles R. Williams, Beloit, WI

Thursday, June 27, 2024

Contrary to expectations, hundreds in the Pacific are getting larger.


Winner: Pixie Martin, La Pointe, WI

Friday, June 28, 2024

 Watched by thousands of Americans, these two opponents hammered away at each other inconclusively for 3 or 4 hours, the only victor being innovation.

The Monitor and the Merrimack.

Winner: John Dodge, Bristol, WI

July 2024

Monday, July 1, 2024

 One becomes a mentor to a lost child in a Kipling story that endures in Scouting lore.

A wolf. Akela in the Jungle Book.

Winner: Michael F. Stemper, Waunakee, WI

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

 What distinction do these words share: mayor, media, once, arena, sin.

All are false cognates—i.e., English words that have different meanings from the corresponding Spanish words.

Winner: Jeff Bracht, Cascade, WI

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

 What are they?
Long maligned at your outdoor repast,
Research gives them due credit at last.
They have surgical skills
(And will never send bills)
To repair a game leg with no cast.

A: Carpenter Ants

Winner: James Bowman, Stevens Point, WI

Friday, July 4, 2024

Who was the first US president to warn about the dangers of political parties?

George Washington.

Winner: Ruth Vos, Wisconsin Rapids, WI

Friday, July 5, 2024

 What distinction do these words share: onion, county, cab, snake, book, girls, shrinking.

A color of the spectrum goes with each of them. Red onion, Orange County, Yellow Cab, green snake, blue book, Indigo Girls, shrinking violet

Winner: Robert Gage, Madison, WI

Monday, July 8, 2024

 Named for a philosopher known for denying the existence of material objects, this California city has an average home price of about $1.5 million.

A: Berkeley, California, named for Bishop Berkeley.

Winner: Chuck Mahnke, Fond du Lac, WI

Tuesday, July 9, 2024

 Popularized in the Pacific islands, this apparel was named after a nursery rhyme character.

The Mother Hubbard dress.

Winner: Sean Strache, Madison, WI

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

 The family in this book drives much of Route 66 at 35 mph.

The Grapes of Wrath.

Winner: Judy Ashley, Kenosha, WI

Thursday, July 11, 2024

  Later discoveries about the effects of mercury explain the name often given to this character by readers of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

The Mad Hatter. Lewis Carroll refers to him simply as The Hatter. 

Friday, July 12, 2024

  This summertime accessory gets it name not from its country of origin but from its country of export.

The Panama hat, which originates in Ecuador.

Winner: Heidi Beckman, Madison, WI

Monday, July 15, 2024

   As its name suggests, this game was developed for the entertainment of passengers on a luxury craft.


Winner: Aaron Schindler, Madison, WI

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

 A 3×3 word square: Across–Begins beach tongue-twister, Lone Star tea, stock holder’s delights. Down—​French coin of little worth, two with hooray, they begin love letters.  

She, Oil, Ups, Sou, Hip, Els

Winner: Jeannie Jerde, Deerfield, WI

Winner: Jeannie Jerde, Deerfield, WI

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

A prominent American author said that readying this instrument to play included shaking out bits of tobacco.

The harmonica. So says John Steinbeck in The Grapes of Wrath.

Winner: Paula Tracy, Eau Claire, WI

Thursday, July 18, 2024

Taken impulsively, a 1945 photograph of this event won a Pulitzer and became the model for a statue.

Joe Rosenthal’s photo “The Raising of the Flag on Iwo Jima.”

Friday, July 19, 2024

Producers of films starring Carrie Fisher, Oliver Reed, Shemp Howard, Crispian Glover, and Bela Lugosi all required one.

A body double, aka Fake Shemp, to replace an actor unavailable to complete a film. Such doubles are sometimes known as Fake Shemps.

Winner: John Casey, McFarland, WI