publication date: Saturday, March 26, 2016 (part of Spring 2016)

category: Inventions

clue: This sesame-loving entrepreneur didn't create your mother's web portal.

explanation: Ma created Alibaba.com, a business-to-business web portal that gradually became one of the world's most valuable web sites. It was named for Ali Baba, a character in Arabian folklore who learns the phrase "open sesame" to enter a cave. The word "mother" was a play on Ma's last name. more…

difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, Justin Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, and Mike Rothstein


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