The dead shall rise! In this tournament, whenever an odd number of players remains, a defeated player will return as a "zombie" to challenge the top-seeded player. If successful, they'll gain full re-entry into the tournament. This time, it's not over until it's over.



Skrillex

publication date: Tuesday, May 29, 2012

category: Music

clue: This musician has come a long way since adopting his AIM name professionally.

explanation: Skrillex, aka Sonny Moore, was a dubstep performer who chose his stage name from his AOL Instant Messenger account. He began making his aggressive style of music after discovering that he was adopted, hinted at in the clue. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Aaron Shurtleff, and Erik Bates

trivia: Several players guessed Andrew Turner, who performed under the stage name Aim. Several sources cited the name "Skrillex" as his former email handle. The only time he said it himself in an interview (that Scott could find), he said it was his AIM alias, so Scott used that for the clue.


Bethenny Frankel

publication date: Monday, May 28, 2012

category: Television

clue: Her frank depiction of New York life has made her into a household name.

explanation: Frankel starred in The Real Housewives of New York and other reality shows. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Tony Peters


Richard Branson

publication date: Friday, May 25, 2012

category: Business

clue: He takes special care with first-time customers.

explanation: Branson was the owner of Virgin Group, which included hundreds of businesses including Virgin Mobile and Virgin Airways. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Matthew Preston, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, and Erik Bates


Kimbra

publication date: Thursday, May 24, 2012

category: Music

clue: Her quick appearance in an Australian Frenchman's song has strengthened her own career.

explanation: Kimbra appeared in the song "Somebody That I Used to Know" by Gotye, an Australian man who performed under the French version of his name (Wouter/Gautier). She also sang "Cameo Lover" ("quick appearance"). more…

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


Sara Blakely

publication date: Wednesday, May 23, 2012

category: Business

clue: This billionaire is shaping up to be quite an influential figure in American fashion.

explanation: Blakely founded Spanx, a billion-dollar company that manufactures figure-shaping undergarments. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, Tony Peters, and Lori Lancaster


Patricia Krentcil

publication date: Tuesday, May 22, 2012

category: Controversy

clue: "Tanned" and "banned" describe this obsessed New Jersey mother.

explanation: Krentcil made headlines in 2012 for being banned from dozens of tanning salons and being arrested for child endangerment for trying to tan her 5-year-old daughter. 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, Lori Lancaster, and Shawn Brandt

player landmarks: This was the last goo solved by Shawn Brandt.


Octavia Spencer

publication date: Monday, May 21, 2012

category: Movies

clue: She didn't need any help winning an Oscar.

explanation: In 2012, Spencer won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in The Help. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, Tony Peters, Ryan Dunn, Lori Lancaster, and Shawn Brandt

trivia: This goo was originally created for the "Modern Woman" theme. Scott decided to change that theme to feature five women who weren't widely known before 2012.


Markus Persson

publication date: Friday, May 18, 2012

category: Games

clue: This developer has mined a lot of respect for sharing his wealth with his employees.

explanation: Persson developed Minecraft with his company Mojang. He donated his 2011 stock dividend of $3 million to employees of the company. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Lori Lancaster


Gloria Allred

publication date: Thursday, May 17, 2012

category: Justice

clue: From Nicole Brown to Sharon Bialek, women have been well-represented, and well-publicized, by this attorney.

explanation: Allred was a lawyer who specialized in representing women in civil suits against employers and harassers. Courting controversy and press attention was part of her technique. 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 Lori Lancaster


Tim Lincecum

publication date: Wednesday, May 16, 2012

category: Sports

clue: This athlete's super-powers on the mound have nothing to do with his resemblance to the Avengers villain.

explanation: Lincecum was a multi-talented pitcher who resembled Loki from The Avengers. more…

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


SofĂ­a Vergara

publication date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012

category: Television

clue: Her real family has faced big trouble, and not just recently.

explanation: Vergara starred in Big Trouble and Modern Family. She has lost two brothers to drug addiction and crime. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, Ryan Dunn, Jon Berry, and Jason Lemler

player landmarks: This was the last goo solved by Jon Berry.


Seth Grahame-Smith

publication date: Monday, May 14, 2012

category: Literature

clue: Hollywood's hottest new horror writer started his career modestly, by "improving" upon Jane Austen.

explanation: Grahame-Smith's first novel was Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. His films Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (based on his novel) and Dark Shadows were both released in 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, Erik Bates, Ryan Dunn, Lori Lancaster, and Jon Berry

trivia: It was a coincidence that this goo began a tournament featuring "zombie players" reactivated after defeat. Scott didn't realize the connection until the goo was already published.


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Life After Death

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Super Maximum

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Double Trouble

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Go Ahead, Make His Day

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Eight-Legged Freaks

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When in Rome

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The Modern Woman

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Men are from Mars

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Goo Noir 2

It feels good to be back in black! Ever since the original noir genre tapered off in the 1950s, writers and filmmakers have kept returning to the dark theme. These five goos are famous for their work in neo-noir. Go »

Meow Mix

It's the final week of the regular season, and your last chance to save up nine lives. Can you identify these five celebrities with feline names? Real winners don't rely on performance-enhancing drugs like catnip. Go »

Spring 2012 Bonus Goos

What will you do on your summer vacation? With the tournament concluded and the next season ready to start on Monday, here are three days of extra goos that have no bearing on the season winner. Enjoy the break and come back refreshed next week. Go »