There can be only one! Many players have entered the tournament, but they'll be paired off in brackets until only one remains in the end to win the season. These goos are a little harder than usual, but they're still playable by all.



Owen Hart

publication date: Wednesday, August 31, 2011

category: Sports

clue: every hero eventually falls

explanation: Hart was a professional wrestler who died by falling into the ring while dressed as a superhero character. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, and Aaron Shurtleff


Don Gorske

publication date: Tuesday, August 30, 2011

category: Records

clue: Ronald McDonald's biggest fan

explanation: Gorske holds the world record for Big Mac consumption at over 25,000 sandwiches. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, and Aaron Shurtleff


Nicole de Boer

publication date: Monday, August 29, 2011

category: Television

clue: eepday in the onezay

explanation: de Boer starred in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and The Dead Zone. more…

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

trivia: This goo was originally intended for the end of the "Hog Wild" theme, in which all clues were written in pig Latin. At the last minute, Scott replaced it with an easier goo of astronaut Frank Borman and saved it for the end of the season. Scott also considered film director John Boorman for the theme.


Gretchen Carlson

publication date: Friday, August 26, 2011

category: Television

clue: it helps to make friends if you play dumb

explanation: Carlson was a co-host of morning talk show Fox & Friends. Her on-air foolishness was at odds with her educational background. more…

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

trivia: Several players guessed Lisa Kudrow.


Judy Blume

publication date: Thursday, August 25, 2011

category: Literature

clue: helping teenagers deal with sex since 1969

explanation: Blume was an author of books for children and teenagers, several of which became controversial for addressing sex-related topics. more…

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


Arthur Frommer

publication date: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

category: Exploration

clue: these days, you can't go to many places for five dollars

explanation: Frommer was a travel guide author whose early work focused on inexpensive, $5/day tours of Europe. more…

solved by: Justin Woods, Joanna Woods, Richard Slominsky, Mike Rothstein, and Steve Dunn

trivia: Several players guessed Edmund Hillary.


Amber Hagerman

publication date: Tuesday, August 23, 2011

category: Victims

clue: abduction awareness agent

explanation: Hagerman's 1996 abduction and murder inspired the nation-wide AMBER Alert program. more…

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


Rod Serling

publication date: Monday, August 22, 2011

category: Television

clue: a writer known for getting weird after dark

explanation: Serling was the creator and primary writer of The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery. more…

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


Blake Lively

publication date: Friday, August 19, 2011

category: Movies

clue: rumor has it, she was spotted in June falling in love with a man with a ring on his finger

explanation: Lively starred in Gossip Girl and Green Lantern. more…

solved by: Steve West, Justin Woods, Joanna Woods, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Mike Rothstein, and Ryan Dunn


George Boole

publication date: Thursday, August 18, 2011

category: Science

clue: 01110100 01110010 01110101 01100101 00100000 01101111 01110010 00100000 01100110 01100001 01101100 01110011 01100101 00111111

explanation: The clue reads "true or false?" when decoded from binary. Boole invented Boolean algebra, a system of binary logic which later led to programming logic. In computer science, a "Boolean" value is either true or false. more…

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

trivia: This tournament goo was accidentally revealed to some players without activation, forcing Scott to remove it from the tournament and reset outcomes so far that day.


Maria Bamford

publication date: Wednesday, August 17, 2011

category: Comedy

clue: funny voices help her jokes hit the target

explanation: Bamford was known for funny voices in her stand-up act, which led to Christmas commercials for Target. 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 Ryan Dunn


Pat Conroy

publication date: Tuesday, August 16, 2011

category: Literature

clue: dysfunctional families are the root of psychological trauma, especially involving basketballs in faces and tigers in cages

explanation: Conroy was the author of The Great Santini (about a father who goads his son with a basketball) and The Prince of Tides (about a family with a pet tiger). more…

solved by: Steve West, Justin Woods, Joanna Woods, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Mike Rothstein, and Ryan Dunn


Thomas Kinkade

publication date: Monday, August 15, 2011

category: Art

clue: serious art critics take his work too lightly

explanation: The very successful Kinkade, who calls himself a "painter of light," has been criticized as kitchy and lowbrow. more…

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


Other Themes in Summer 2011

Mystery Men

Anonymity is rare in modern life, but these five "celebrities" managed to become famous without their identities being discovered until later, if at all. Can you name these nameless ones? Go »

City Girls

These five women all share their first names with modern metropolises from around the world. Get your passport ready for a miniature Goo World Tour. Go »

Children of the Eighties

The 1980s were a booming time for child stars in television and movies, as Hollywood focused on family entertainment. Can you name these five actors who became famous playing kids in that decade? Go »

Hog Wild

The goo game becomes a pig sty this week, as these five celebrities known for their porcine names line up to be counted. This little piggy went to Hollywood... Go »

Born on the 4th of July

These five famous Americans, representing five corners of the nation, all share the most patriotic of birthdays, and give the goo game some added fireworks this week. Go »

Get a Clue

Was it Colonel Mustard in the conservatory with the candlestick? You'll need the right evidence to accuse these five stars of sharing their names with characters from the classic board game Clue. Go »

Tennis Club

Grab your racquet and hit the court! The more you know the sport of tennis, the better you'll be able to name these five major players. Lob your guesses over the net, and good luck. Go »

Poe-pourri

Once upon a midnight dreary, after you ponder weak and weary, the answers to these five goos inspired by the most famous works of Edgar Allan Poe will be revealed. 'Tis that the answer, tapping at your chamber door? Go »

Five Guys

Unrelated to the founders of the Five Guys burger franchise, these other five "guys" all have the most generic of masculine names. If you can recognize all five, treat yourself to a cheeseburger. Go »

South of the Border

¡Arriba! The final theme of the summer heads down to Mexico for five celebrities who hail from our neighbor to the south. ¡Buena suerte! Go »

Summer 2011 Bonus Goos

Until the Fall 2011 season begins, enjoy this assortment of goos too offbeat to include in one of the themes from the regular season. The winner is already decided, so these goos are just for fun. Go »