These ten famous people, all significant figures in their fields, would be instant experts if they applied their skills to ordinary games. The first week features five celebrities who would dominate at classic board games, and the second week switches to classic video games.



Sebastian Vettel

publication date: Friday, January 10, 2014

category: Sports

clue: Winning four world championships must intimidate the other drivers at Pole Position.

explanation: Vettel won the Formula One world championship in 2010, 2011, 2012, and the year this goo was published, 2013. more…

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


Atilla Iskifoglu

publication date: Thursday, January 9, 2014

category: Competitions

clue: This champion bartender's got more than enough talent to win any game of Tapper.

explanation: Iskifoglu appeared several times on Britain's Got Talent and won several numerous bartending competitions. more…

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


Jeff Bridges

publication date: Wednesday, January 8, 2014

category: Movies

clue: Starring in the movie Tron might help this actor excel at its better-selling video game.

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


Ray Kroc

publication date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014

category: Business

clue: His enormous success at building McDonald's into a fast-food empire probably made his competitors feel like they were trapped in a nightmarish game of BurgerTime.

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Aaron Shurtleff, and Sarah Kyle

player landmarks: This was the last goo solved by Sarah Kyle.


Billie Jean King

publication date: Monday, January 6, 2014

category: Sports

clue: Winning Pong should be easy for a woman who defeated Margaret Court, Martina Navratilova, and Bobby Riggs. Who's the king?

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Aaron Shurtleff, and Sarah Kyle


Ivanka Trump

publication date: Friday, January 3, 2014

category: Family

clue: She has a prominent role in her father's real estate and hotel empire, but she has no Monopoly on the decision-making.

explanation: Trump was the daughter of Donald Trump. more…

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


Michael Mullen

publication date: Thursday, January 2, 2014

category: Military

clue: His experience commanding every Battleship on the sea made him a strong military advisor to Bush and Obama.

explanation: Mullen was a naval commander who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2007 to 2011. more…

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


Alexander the Great

publication date: Wednesday, January 1, 2014

category: Military

clue: This Greek king took a Risk by invading lands as far east as India, but he never lost a battle.

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


Arvind Mahankali

publication date: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

category: Competitions

clue: Knowing words like "knaidel" will help this 13-year-old win any game of Scrabble.

explanation: Mahankali won the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2013. His final winning word was knaidel. more…

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


James Patterson

publication date: Monday, December 30, 2013

category: Literature

clue: You would need more than one Clue to solve a murder faster than this best-selling author of the Alex Cross and Women's Murder Club novels.

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


Other Themes in Winter 2014

Do Overs

We all make mistakes, but now you get to fix them. These ten goos were all incorrect guesses made for other previous goos, giving you a chance to guess right what was once guessed wrong. Go »

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The Goo Game That Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain

Do you get a thrill from climbing to a higher altitude? These five topographically-named goos, arranged in order of elevation, will have a special appeal to lovers of mountains and hills. Go »

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock has directed and produced some of the most indelible films in cinematic history. His legacy is honored this week with five goos inspired by five of his movies. Go »

A Few Sandwiches Short of a Picnic

This is not a good theme to play when you're hungry. Here are five goos who share their names with five kinds of sandwiches. Perhaps one of them will give you a good idea for lunch. Go »

It's an Honor Just to Be Nominated

2013 was a great year for movies, and that's reflected in the impressive array of titles nominated for Academy Awards. These five goos are the real historical figures depicted in some of the nominated films. If you can guess all five, try your hand at Predict the Oscars to win a prize. Go »

Bad News Brothers

Being elected President of the United States is an honor, but having one of these screw-ups for a sibling is not. In recognition of Presidents Day, here are five goos who embarrassed their brothers in the White House, in reverse presidential order. Go »

Winter 2014 Tournament

This winter has been an especially harsh one, and we'll all be glad to see spring weather. But there's still a few weeks left, and they bring another goo tournament. Face off against a series of opponents, trying to solve each daily goo the fastest. Only one player will survive to become the king or queen of winter. Go »

Winter 2014 Bonus Goos

These six bonus goos should be a piece of cake after an especially challenging winter tournament. Enjoy the relative cakewalk, and join us for the 60th season of Celebrity Goo Game on March 3rd. Go »