publication date: Monday, July 8, 2002 (part of Round XVII)
clue: Whose idea was it to remember the great merchant land-traveler in a water-based game?
explanation: Polo was an Italian merchant in the thirteen century who ventured with his father and then alone to China and back on several trips, traveling through the Middle East every time. Today he is best known for the swimming-pool game named after him. more…
trivia: Andy Hubbartt was the only player to format his guess: "Marco... ...Polo!"