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Cruz Bustamante

publication date: Saturday, January 12, 2019

category: Government

clue: When Californians recalled a Governor and elected a Governator, this man ran against both of them and served under both of them.

explanation: Bustamante was the lieutenant governor of California under both Gray Davis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. He came in second in the recall election, running against Schwarzenegger who won. The recall election forced him into the unusual position of running both for and against Davis in a sense: He had to urge supporters not to vote to recall Davis and simultaneously to vote for him if Davis was recalled. more…

difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, and Stan Iwanchuk


Kambri Crews

publication date: Friday, January 11, 2019

category: Literature

clue: When she wanted to move to New York and become a professional storyteller, her parents wouldn't hear of it.

explanation: Crews has written the best-selling book Burn Down the Ground and performed one-woman shows about her difficult relationship with her deaf parents. more…

difficulty: very hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Samir Mehta, and LaVonne Lemler


Julee Cruise

publication date: Thursday, January 10, 2019

category: Music

clue: This Midwestern singer was catapulted to fame, and the stage of Saturday Night Live, when her eerie song for a David Lynch production became an unlikely hit.

explanation: Cruise performed "Falling," the theme song to Twin Peaks. more…

difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, and Erik Bates


Terry Crews

publication date: Wednesday, January 9, 2019

category: Television

clue: He's tough to categorize: He's been a sitcom star, playing a Brooklyn cop and Chris Rock's dad, and a game show host. He's also a movie star, having played an idiotic president and an expendable action star. But he's also been a pro-football linebacker. And a commercial pitchman. And a public advocate for sexual abuse victims and women's rights. And an artist. And an interior designer. And an author. With five kids, where does he find the time?

explanation: Crews starred in Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Everybody Hates Chris, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, Idiocracy, and the Expendables movies. He played in the NFL for four years, appeared in ads for Old Spice, spoke out against his own abuser in the #MeToo movement, works as an artist and portraitist, owns an interior design company, and wrote his own autobiography. more…

difficulty: easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Erik Bates, and Stan Iwanchuk


Penélope Cruz

publication date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019

category: Movies

clue: She went to the Caribbean with Johnny Depp, to the Sahara with Matthew McConaughey, to Reno with Patrick Swayze, to Rome with Woody Allen, to the Orient with Kenneth Branagh, and to Gothika with Halle Berry,

explanation: Cruz starred in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Sahara, Waking Up in Reno, To Rome with Love, Murder on the Orient Express, and Gothika. more…

difficulty: easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Erik Bates, and Stan Iwanchuk


Ted Cruz

publication date: Monday, January 7, 2019

category: Government

clue: He serves Texas in Washington despite roots in Cuba and Canada.

explanation: Cruz, born to Cuban parents in Canada, represents Texas in the U.S. Senate. more…

difficulty: very easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Erik Bates, and Stan Iwanchuk


Tom Cruise

publication date: Sunday, January 6, 2019

category: Movies

clue: Ethan Hunt, Jerry Maguire, Jack Reacher, Ron Kovic, Lestat, and Maverick all have this actor in common.

explanation: Cruise starred in the Mission: Impossible films, Jerry Maguire, Jack Reacher, Born on the Fourth of July, Interview with the Vampire, and Top Gun. more…

difficulty: very easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Erik Bates, and Stan Iwanchuk


Other Themes in Spring 2018

Gothic Goodbye

The RPG Gothic Earth has been set in a world of literary creations roughly contemporary to its 1899 setting, with characters like Sherlock Holmes and Count Dracula driving much of the storyline. After a decade of play, the game is now in its final weeks. Here's sending it off with a two-week retrospective of authors of that era whose works captured the popular imagination, in the order in which they shaped the world of Gothic Earth. Go »