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.



Timothy Leary

publication date: Wednesday, August 21, 2013

category: Philosophy

clue: To Dass, he was a colleague. To Nixon, he was a criminal. To Lennon, he was a friend.

explanation: Leary was strongly associated with Ram Dass, Richard Nixon, and John Lennon, among other figures. more…

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

player landmarks: This was the last goo solved by Tony Peters.

trivia: Given Leary's association with LSD, Scott considered making a joke in the clue about how the goo looks like an acid trip.


Padma Lakshmi

publication date: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

category: Cuisine

clue: According to her title, she's the best in the world at what she does. Solve this one fast and you can be called the best too.

explanation: Lakshmi hosted Top Chef. more…

solved by: Justin Woods


Tenzing Norgay

publication date: Monday, August 19, 2013

category: Exploration

clue: If you reach the pinnacle of success in this game, make sure to credit anyone who helped.

explanation: Norgay was a guide who reached the peak of Mount Everest with Edmund Hillary in 1953. more…

solved by: Steve West, Samir Mehta, and Joanna Woods


V.C. Andrews

publication date: Friday, August 16, 2013

category: Literature

clue: Her stories about extra-close families took her to the top floor of publishing success.

explanation: Andrews was a novelist best known for Flowers in the Attic. Incest and family secrets were a frequent subject of her books. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Samir Mehta, and Mike Rothstein


Marissa Mayer

publication date: Thursday, August 15, 2013

category: Business

clue: Only a crazy person would fail to see this CEO's bright potential.

explanation: Mayer took over Yahoo! in 2012. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, Richard Slominsky, and Steve Dunn


Vi Hart

publication date: Wednesday, August 14, 2013

category: Science

clue: You can hear in her voice how much she loves numbers, except 3.14.

explanation: Hart was a mathematician known for her enthusiastic YouTube videos, some of which argue against the use of pi in equations. The word "loves" was a play on her last name. more…

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


Edward Snowden

publication date: Tuesday, August 13, 2013

category: Controversy

clue: He committed mutiny without a diploma, and now he seeks a form of diplomatic immunity.

explanation: Snowden was a government whistleblower and (high-school dropout) who petitioned for amnesty overseas. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, and Lori Lancaster


Rodney Ansell

publication date: Monday, August 12, 2013

category: Controversy

clue: Don't shed any false tears for this madman who may or may not have deserved his cinematic fame.

explanation: Ansell was a hunter who survived seven weeks in the Australian wild with no supplies or help, inspiring the film Crocodile Dundee (false tears are also known as crocodile tears). His story was widely doubted and he eventually suffered insanity. more…

solved by: no one!


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 Bonus Goos

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. Go »