publication date: Monday, July 8, 2002 (part of Round XVII)

category: Exploration

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…

solved by: Denise Sawicki, Mike Eberhart, Dave Mitzman, Lori Lancaster, Aaron Fischer, Kelly Stokes, Edward Tegge, Andy Hubbartt, Chris Mead, and Christopher Weber

trivia: Andy Hubbartt was the only player to format his guess: "Marco... ...Polo!"


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