publication date: Thursday, December 3, 2015 (part of Winter 2016)

category: Controversy

clue: This ample-bodied woman didn't have the option of being coy.

explanation: Baartman was an African woman sold into slavery to a Londoner who exhibited her as the "Hottentot Venus" in a freak show, treating her abnormally large body parts as if they were natural for her tribe, playing on racist exoticism of the time. The word "coy" had double meaning: Baartman was exhibited nude or near-nude and unable to be shy, and she was taken from the Khoi tribe and unable to live with them. more…

difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, and Stan Iwanchuk


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