publication date: Sunday, December 6, 2009 (part of Round XLI)

category: Crime

clue: He was the top of the biggest pyramid in history until it all came crashing down.

explanation: Madoff ran the biggest Ponzi (pyramid) scheme in history until he was caught in January 2009. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Tony Peters, Scott Horowitz, Ryan Dunn, Sarah Kyle, Walter Chesser, Jesse King, and Melissa Anderson

2009 Year in Review This goo was part of 2009 Year in Review. These ordinary people became overnight celebrities, inspiring the headlines that made 2009 memorable.



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