After two seasons of shorts, The Simpsons debuted as a series on December 17, 1989. Celebrate the show's thirtieth anniversary with this theme of seven people who could have walked out of the show into real life, and don't have a cow, man.



Carlos Frenk

publication date: Tuesday, December 17, 2019

category: Education

clue: This science professor left his native Mexico to study the cosmos in England.

explanation: Professor Frenk is a distinguished cosmologist at Durham University. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, and Erik Bates


Nicky Jam

publication date: Monday, December 16, 2019

category: Music

clue: He ended a ten-year lull in his career by rising like a bird from the ashes.

explanation: Nick Rivera Caminero, known professionally as Nicky Jam, scored several hit songs with his comeback album Fénix. more…

difficulty: very hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, and Erik Bates


Tim Lovejoy

publication date: Sunday, December 15, 2019

category: Sports

clue: British viewers used to see him cover football every ante meridiem.

explanation: Lovejoy is best known for hosting the long-running Soccer AM. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Matthew Preston, and Erik Bates


Ed Flanders

publication date: Saturday, December 14, 2019

category: Television

clue: Besides practicing medicine on NBC in the 1980s, he also won a Tony for his 1973 performance in a Eugene O'Neill play.

explanation: Flanders appeared in St. Elsewhere and A Moon for the Misbegotten. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Matthew Preston, and Erik Bates


Charles Burns

publication date: Friday, December 13, 2019

category: Comics

clue: This cartoonist is well regarded for his use of black when drawing a hole.

explanation: Burns's most celebrated work is the graphic novel Black Hole. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Matthew Preston, and Erik Bates


Maggie Simpson

publication date: Thursday, December 12, 2019

category: Music

clue: This folk singer has recorded albums about an electric angel and a so-so café.

explanation: Simpson's albums include OK Café and Angel of Thunder. more…

difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Matthew Preston, and Erik Bates


Bart Simpson

publication date: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

category: Movies

clue: His Canadian documentary warned about the dangers of corporate overreach.

explanation: Film producer Simpson is best known for his well-received documentary The Corporation. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Matthew Preston, and Erik Bates


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