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Julia King

publication date: Friday, December 16, 2011

category: Education

clue: This British scholar has taught students about engineering and politicians about climate change. (Who's the king?)

explanation: King was an educator who received several government appointments. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Erik Bates


Grace Hopper

publication date: Thursday, December 15, 2011

category: Military

clue: Somebody had to help the Navy work out the bugs in COBOL, and this officer was up to the task.

explanation: Hopper was an influential computer scientist for the U.S. Navy, who developed machine-independent programming languages like COBOL, and coined the term "debugging." more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


Caterina Fake

publication date: Wednesday, December 14, 2011

category: Internet

clue: Your only flicker of hope with this goo may be to guess on a hunch.

explanation: Fake co-founded the web services Flickr and Hunch. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


Hedy Lamarr

publication date: Tuesday, December 13, 2011

category: Movies

clue: Although her film career sank after White Cargo and Samson & Delilah, she helped the U.S. Navy program superior torpedoes.

explanation: Lamarr was a film star who developed a method for changing wireless frequencies that was eventually adopted by the Navy. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


Ada Lovelace

publication date: Monday, December 12, 2011

category: Inventions

clue: The world's first computer programmer might only have been remembered for her poet father if she hadn't been inspired by Charles Babbage.

explanation: Lovelace was the daughter of Lord Byron and a colleague of Charles Babbage who created the first computer algorithm. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


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Do Overs

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Dastardly Villains!

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Super Bowl Shuffle

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Winter 2012 Tournament

It's the ultimate battle for supremacy! Or, it's just a silly online game. Take your pick. Players will face off in one-on-one competitions until all but one is eliminated, producing a season champion. Have fun! Go »