Justin Woods. Matthew Preston. Russ Wilhelm. Steve West. The list of winners includes some very talented players. Are you prepared to do what it takes to feel the thrill of victory? This tournament will produce the game's 60th champion.



Cat Power

publication date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014

category: Music

clue: Lack of free time, not a successful association with cats, caused this rocker's noted mental illness.

explanation: Chan Marshall, better known by her stage name Cat Power (derived from an early band), recorded the album Free for All. She had a well-publicized struggle with mental illness brought on by exhaustion. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, and Samir Mehta

trivia: Scott hoped that players would guess Ted Nugent, interpreting the clue as references to his albums Free-for-All and Cat Scratch Fever.


Abubakar Shekau

publication date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014

category: Terrorism

clue: His favorite brick in the wall is the one in the middle.

explanation: The clue obscurely referred to the song "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" by Pink Floyd, a protest song against the British education system, with its repeated refrain, "We don't need no education." Shekau was the leader of Boko Haram, a Nigerian militant Islamist group violently opposed to Western education, including in their very name. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, and Samir Mehta


Dinesh D'Souza

publication date: Monday, May 19, 2014

category: Opinion

clue: Two years ago, he successfully looked four years into the future about what happened four and half decades earlier.

explanation: In 2012, D'Souza's film 2016: Obama's America, largely about Barack Obama's childhood in the late sixties and early seventies, was a financial success. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, and Joanna Woods


John DiMaggio

publication date: Friday, May 16, 2014

category: Television

clue: This actor often gets mixed up in weird roles like a shapeshifting robot and an alcoholic dog.

explanation: The clue was mixed up: DiMaggio played alcoholic robot Bender in Futurama and shapeshifting dog Jake in Adventure Time. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Joanna Woods, and Chris Lemler


Mindy Kaling

publication date: Thursday, May 15, 2014

category: Television

clue: This actress is known for projecting confidence in her workplace.

explanation: Kaling starred in The Mindy Project and The Office. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, and Joanna Woods


Mary Barra

publication date: Wednesday, May 14, 2014

category: Business

clue: She was given the keys to the kingdom just in time for them to fail.

explanation: Barra became CEO of General Motors in January 2014. Within weeks, she had to testify before Congress about GM covering up a defect involving jostled keys suddenly causing the engine to turn off, causing 13 known deaths. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, and LaVonne Lemler


The Undertaker

publication date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014

category: Sports

clue: This giant in his sport is known for his deadpan sense of humor.

explanation: The Undertaker was a 6'10" professional wrestler whose persona involved a lot of death symbolism. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, and Mike Rothstein


Ja Rule

publication date: Monday, May 12, 2014

category: Music

clue: This rapper is too young to know what love is. He hasn't yet reached his tenth birthday.

explanation: Ja Rule was born on a leap day in 1976. One of his best-selling albums was Pain is Love. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm and Justin Woods

trivia: There were five guesses for Lil Poopy, and two guesses for MattyB.


Other Themes in Spring 2014

The Spirit of Sochi

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi produced the usual stories of triumph and heartbreak associated with the quadrennial games. Here are some of the most interesting people to emerge from the event. Go »

Video Game Heroes

Video games have become a billion-dollar industry, with annual revenues that outgross Hollywood. These five characters are some of the most popular stars in the business. Fictional characters are normally excluded from the game, but this week makes a special exception. This theme was created by Matthew Preston. Go »

Days of Our Lives

Each weekday brings a new celebrity goo, and that's extra true for these five goos, each of which was inspired by a different day of the week (not the day of publication). This theme was created by Chris Lemler. Go »

Angel on My Shoulders

Whatever your personal beliefs about angels, there's little doubt that their influence in culture has been enormous. These five celebrities from different fields all have some connection to angels. This theme was created by Steve West. Go »

Presidential Prenomens

These ten goos, major achievers in their own right, have first names linking them to former Presidents of the United States. If you can't identify the celebrity, perhaps figuring out their presidential namesake will help? Go »

Life is a Fairy Tale

Classic fairy tales teach universal lessons about wisdom, patience, and other virtues, remaining relevant even in our modern world. Each of these five celebrities has something in common with a classic fairy-tale hero or villain. Go »

I Want to Believe

Nearly 75% of Americans believe in some form of paranormal phenomena, so it's no wonder that celebrities do too. These five people, each famous in their own right, are also known for their beliefs about specific supernatural activity. Go »

The Game Masters

These ten celebrities would be instant masters at certain games if they ever got to play, judging from their previous life experience. The first week of this theme features celebrities who would dominate at modern board and card games, and the second week switches to modern video games. Go »

Spring 2014 Bonus Goos

Relax! You've earned it. After a challenging tournament, it's time to take a break with seven easy goos that won't tax your brain cells too much. The competition is over, so just enjoy these and have fun. Go »