On Wednesday of this week, it will be the twelfth day of the twelfth month of the twelfth year of the century, an occasion we won't see again in our lifetimes. These five duodecimal goos were inspired by the number 12.



Bob Bowlsby

publication date: Friday, December 14, 2012

category: Sports

clue: Earlier this year, he became one of the biggest commissioners in sports.

explanation: Bowlsby became commissioner of the Big 12 Conference in May 2012. 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, Aaron Shurtleff, and Erik Bates


Nick McDonell

publication date: Thursday, December 13, 2012

category: Literature

clue: Publishing a novel at age 17 is enough to earn praise even from Hunter S. Thompson.

explanation: McDonell's first novel, Twelve, was published when he was 17. Family friend Thompson praised the work. more…

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


Terry Gross

publication date: Wednesday, December 12, 2012

category: Radio

clue: This great, gross radio host from Philadelphia is a breath of fresh air.

explanation: Gross's radio show Fresh Air was syndicated nationally from her studio in Philadelphia. 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, Aaron Shurtleff, and Erik Bates

trivia: Twelve dozen is known as a gross, and twelve gross is known as a great gross. This goo was published on 12-12-12.


Patti Smith

publication date: Tuesday, December 11, 2012

category: Music

clue: The godmother of punk is still active, having released an album of covers in 2007.

explanation: Smith released the covers album Twelve in 2007. 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, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Wes Bryant


Joe Namath

publication date: Monday, December 10, 2012

category: Sports

clue: The Jets retired this quarterback's jersey, but his Broadway career wasn't as successful.

explanation: Namath was known as "Broadway Joe" and made one appearance in a Broadway play. 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, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, Tony Peters, and Wes Bryant

player landmarks: This was the first goo solved by Wes Bryant.


Other Themes in Winter 2013

Triple Trouble

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It's the End of the World as We Know It

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Guitar Gods

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Celebrity Goo Drinking Game

If you solve a goo, take a sip. If you solve all five, finish your drink. You can order all five of these goos in a bar, but you better practice holding your liquor, because this theme will return throughout 2013. Go »

Sink or Swim

In the hundred years since the sinking of the RMS Titanic, the doomed ship has occupied a special place in our cultural memory. Can you solve these five goos connected to the disaster? This theme was created by Chris Lemler. Go »

Born in DC

Washington isn't just the capital of the nation; it's a bustling city with a unique culture. These five Americans were all born in the District of Columbia. This theme was created by Steve West. Go »

Goo Ladder

It's a goo ladder, where the clues aren't the only clues! Figure out how each clue is related and this season will be a breeze! These goos were designed to be solved in order of publication, for fun and profit! This theme was created by Erik Bates. Go »

Quindecennial

Celebrity Goo Game began 15 years ago, and has changed a lot. Revisit this theme each day, including Saturday and Sunday, to see a different era in the game's history, as you guess five celebrities who are all nearly the same age as the game. Happy anniversary! Go »

Winter 2013 Tournament

We may be through with winter, but it's not through with us. While you dig your way out from Nemo, find a few minutes for these tournament goos, which will test your goo-solving skills against fellow players. Go »

Winter 2013 Bonus Goos

Spring is in the air! Enjoy these last few goos before the Spring 2013 season begins in March. Our winner has already been decided (congrats Erik!), so these goos are just for fun, although they will boost your lifetime score if you solve them. Go »