Do you have Olympic fever? This two-week theme will challenge your knowledge of the 2012 Olympic athletes, first with five from Team USA, and then with five from foreign countries. Solve them all and you'll get even closer to taking home the gold in the tournament to follow.



Katie Taylor

publication date: Friday, August 10, 2012

category: Sports

clue: After her gold medal yesterday, her proud homeland was ready to call her "mo cuishle."

explanation: The Gaelic phrase is from the boxing movie Million Dollar Baby (which misspelled it). Taylor won a gold medal in boxing. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Elaine Beckland


Manu Ginóbili

publication date: Thursday, August 9, 2012

category: Sports

clue: When he plays for his native Argentina, he is proud that his basketball career has been one big flop after another.

explanation: Ginóbili was known for flopping, faking a fall to the ground after contact to get the opposing player fouled. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Elaine Beckland


Sarah Attar

publication date: Wednesday, August 8, 2012

category: Sports

clue: 800 meters is a short run for one woman, but great progress for all Saudi Arabian womankind.

explanation: In the 800 meter race, Attar became one of the first female athletes to represent Saudi Arabia in Olympic history. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, Tony Peters, and Elaine Beckland


Mary King

publication date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012

category: Sports

clue: This British rider is competing in her sixth Olympics at the age of 51. Who's the king?

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, Tony Peters, and Elaine Beckland


Yu Yang

publication date: Monday, August 6, 2012

category: Sports

clue: This Chinese player has announced her professional retirement after being disqualified for playing badminton the way some people play Pirate Paradise.

explanation: Yu was disqualified at the 2012 Olympics for playing badly on purpose in an early match in order to gain easier opponents in later seeding, a tactic familiar to players in other games on Funeratic. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, Tony Peters, and Elaine Beckland


Ann Romney

publication date: Friday, August 3, 2012

category: Family

clue: Owning an Olympic competitor and being married to a candidate means that this Detroit native has a horse in two races.

explanation: Romney, wife of 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney, owned a horse in the equestrian competition at the 2012 Olympics. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Elaine Beckland


Jordyn Wieber

publication date: Thursday, August 2, 2012

category: Sports

clue: Her team victory proves that she didn't come all the way to London from a small town in Michigan to let disappointment over a solo disqualification stop her.

explanation: Wieber was a national champion gymnast going into the Olympics, but was blocked from solo competition when two other Americans scored higher in qualifications. She went on to led the American team to victory in the group event. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Elaine Beckland

trivia: Scott originally gooed a photograph of teammate Aly Reisman by mistake, replacing the image and disallowing a guess for Reisman when it was pointed out.


Hope Solo

publication date: Wednesday, August 1, 2012

category: Sports

clue: When one of the most outspoken goalkeepers in professional soccer says something to embarrass her teammates or her hometown of Richland, Washington, she makes it clear that she's only speaking for herself alone.

explanation: Solo was known for speaking her mind to the press, once being fired for criticizing a teammate publicly and another time revealing that she was drunk for her interview on the Today show. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Elaine Beckland


Holley Mangold

publication date: Tuesday, July 31, 2012

category: Sports

clue: She may not have the body of a typical athlete, but she's ready to make her hometown of Dayton (and her brother's teammates in the New York Jets) proud.

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Elaine Beckland


Ryan Lochte

publication date: Monday, July 30, 2012

category: Sports

clue: This Rochester native earned America's first gold medal of 2012. Phelps who?

explanation: Fellow swimmer Michael Phelps was expected to dominate the Olympics, and he did very well, but Lochte garnered a fair amount of media attention all by himself. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, Ryan Dunn, and Elaine Beckland


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Summer 2012 Bonus Goos

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