The game's not over yet! We may have crowned the summer's winner already, but there's still a week and a half until the fall season begins. Enjoy these bonus goos that have no bearing on the score.



Bradley Cooper

publication date: Friday, August 30, 2013

category: Movies

clue: After waking up with three hangovers and a rocker named Serena in a place beyond some pines on Valentine's Day, this actor was in limitless pain and unable to form the words "yes, man" to his director Steve (or a team of New York-loving assistants), but found a silver lining while failing to eat lunch: Despite having a midnight-meat-inspired nightmare about a hit-and-run accident, the only thing he had crashed was a wedding.

explanation: Cooper starred in The Hangover and its two sequels, The Rocker, Serena, The Place Beyond the Pines, Valentine's Day, Limitless, The Words, Yes Man, All About Steve, The A-Team, New York I Love You, Silver Linings Playbook, Failure to Launch, The Midnight Meat Train, Hit and Run, and Wedding Crashers. more…

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


Dallas Clayton

publication date: Thursday, August 29, 2013

category: Literature

clue: Writing children's literature is good. Becoming a financial hit on your own after every publisher turned you down is awesome.

explanation: Clayton's self-published An Awesome Book become a best-seller. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, and Mike Rothstein


Ted Cruz

publication date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013

category: Government

clue: Cruising into the White House won't be easy for this Texas politician born north of the border.

explanation: Cruz's Canadian birth is seen as an obstacle to his presidential ambitions. more…

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


Antoinette Tuff

publication date: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

category: Humanitarianism

clue: In a moment of crisis, the tuff get going.

explanation: Tuff was an administrator who talked a school shooter out of his plot in August 2013. more…

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


Uncle John

publication date: Monday, August 26, 2013

category: Literature

clue: Here's a little-known factoid: Your mother's brother can't count to eight, even when he takes a long time in the bathroom.

explanation: Uncle John's Bathroom Reader was a best-selling annual collection of trivia and jokes, though it skipped the eighth edition numerically. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Richard Slominsky, and Mike Rothstein

trivia: This goo was created for the "Bathroom Break" theme. When Scott realized that the other four goos were all people who had suffered misfortune in bathrooms, he decided to make it an even five and replaced Uncle John with Reeva Steenkamp. Scott added the last sentence fragment in the clue ("even when he takes a long time in the bathroom") when publishing this as a bonus goo, as there was no overt tie back to the bathroom theme.


Meat Loaf

publication date: Friday, August 23, 2013

category: Music

clue: His name was Robert Paulson.

explanation: Meat Loaf played Paulson in Fight Club, from which the quote is taken. more…

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

trivia: This goo was originally created for the "Five for Fighting" theme, and was intended as a light-hearted end to the regular season. Even though there were already two other professional fighters in the theme (Omar Figueroa and Gina Carano), Scott spotted an opening for a "king goo" of early pugilist Tom King, and slipped it into the theme in Meat Loaf's place. The Tom King goo wound up being much quite difficult and cost some players a perfect season and prolonged streak.


Marie Curie

publication date: Thursday, August 22, 2013

category: Science

clue: A lifetime shortened by radiation poisoning was her reward for discovering radium and polonium.

explanation: This goo was originally created for the "Deadly Development" theme, which featured scientists and inventors killed by their own work. When Scott realized that Marie Curie and Irene Joliot-Curie could introduce some much-needed non-entertainers to the "Mothers and Daughters" theme the very next week, he removed this solo goo of Marie Curie and replaced it with Karel Soucek. more…

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


Other Themes in Summer 2013

It's Not Easy Being Green

Green is the color of money, of nature, of envy, and of lack of experience. Being named after shades of green has been a curse for these five celebrities: Life has dealt each one of them a hardship, but they hold their heads up all the same. Go »

Bluth Family Reunion

You've made a huge mistake if you think this one's a freebie. To celebrate the return of Arrested Development, here are five famous members of the cast's extended family. If you don't understand the theme, you won't respond to it. Go »

Nineteen Eighty-Four

Get in your time machine and head back to the heart of the 1980s, when Ronald Reagan lived in the White House, Dynasty and Dallas ruled the airwaves, and these five newsmakers made headlines that captured the public fascination. Go »

Candy Land

This might be the sweetest theme in goo game history. You don't have to have a sweet tooth to solve these ten goos who share their names with famous types and brands of candy, but it would sure help. Go »

Bathroom Break

For Steve West's birthday, here are five celebrities who have experienced bad luck in bathrooms, inspired by Steve's plumbing woes. All five goos are extra difficult, because that's the way Steve likes them. Go »

Femmes Fatale

The rarity of female killers is precisely what turns the criminal cases against them into media circuses. Some of these five murderesses were convicted and others were acquitted, but all five are commonly considered some of the world's most notorious female murderers. Go »

Celebrity Goo Drinking Game

What's your favorite drink? Maybe it's one of these five famous people: Each of them shares his or her name with an alcoholic beverage. You're going to need to show your ID and designate a driver before you can play this theme. Go »

Get the Led Out

Led Zeppelin became one of the biggest bands in rock and roll by combining British folk rock with American blues, sprinkled with references to Tolkien and folklore. This week's goos are inspired by five of their original songs. Go »

Five for Fighting

Are you ready for a goo-game rumble? These five celebrities are known for brawling. This theme won't pull any punches, so keep your chin up and stay on your feet. Go »

Summer 2013 Tournament

It's good to be the last one left. In this tournament, players will pair off to see which can solve each day's extra-hard goo faster. When the slower players run out of extra chances, the sole remaining player will be our summer champion. Go »