publication date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019 (part of Fall 2019)

category: Television

clue: Her character in a long-running British soap opera died in the 4000th episode, before she could meet great and powerful men like Oz, P.T. Barnum, and Venom.

explanation: Pickles played the character Shelley Williams for three years on Emmerdale. more…

difficulty: very hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, and Erik Bates

Not "The" Michelle Williams: After actress Michelle Williams devoted her Emmy acceptance speech to supporting women in Hollywood, online trolls started harassing singer Michelle Williams, who was amused at their confusing a black woman for a white woman. Her Instagram rant inspired this theme of seven celebrities who are all not Michelle Williams the actress, if you can possibly tell them apart.

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Michelle Williams

This former member of Destiny's Child starred in Chicago on Broadway, not in Brokeback Mountain. Go »

Michelle Ann Williams

This renowned Jamaican scientist is a dean at Harvard, which is in Cambridge, not in nearby Manchester-by-the-Sea. Go »

Michelle Toro

In 2016, this swimmer was too busy winning an Olympic medal for Canada to have been nominated for a Tony Award for Blackbird on Broadway. Go »

Michael K. Williams

He rose to fame as the terrifying Omar in The Wire, not as teenaged Jen Lindley in Dawson's Creek. Go »

Jenna Fischer

She has since been in shows about the apocalypse and splitting up, but she'll always be best remembered for her notable job in an office. Go »

Kennedy McMann

Even a teenaged sleuth could figure out the identity of the latest actress to play the nearly 90-year-old character. Go »