These ten celebrities would be instant masters at certain games if they ever got to play, judging from their previous life experience. The first week of this theme features celebrities who would dominate at modern board and card games, and the second week switches to modern video games.



Meyer Guggenheim

publication date: Friday, May 9, 2014

category: Business

clue: You can't make money or children in Minecraft, but this Swiss-born miner eventually had lots of both.

explanation: Guggenheim was the patriarch of a very successful mining family. more…

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


Matt Urban

publication date: Thursday, May 8, 2014

category: Military

clue: From his home city of Buffalo, he heard the Call of Duty and eventually became the most decorated soldier in World War II.

explanation: The Guinness Book of World Records recognized Urban as WWII's most decorated veteran. The phrase "home city" was a play on Urban's last name. more…

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


Jack Ruby

publication date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014

category: Crime

clue: He may have broken an Assassin's Creed by killing a fellow killer in Texas.

explanation: Ruby murdered Lee Harvey Oswald a few days after Oswald assassinated John F. Kennedy. more…

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


Tony Horton

publication date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014

category: Medicine

clue: The creator of P90X would have no trouble keeping up with the Wii Fit trainer.

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


Elizabeth Taylor

publication date: Monday, May 5, 2014

category: Movies

clue: This star of Giant and Cleopatra so enjoyed being Bejeweled that she launched a line of fragrances named after diamonds.

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


Ameerah al-Taweel

publication date: Friday, May 2, 2014

category: Royalty

clue: Attempting to pass a Love Letter to this Saudi Arabian in front of her husband would be a bad idea, even if she works toward women's empowerment.

explanation: al-Taweel was the princess of Saudi Arabia, married to Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. more…

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


Cornelius Vanderbilt

publication date: Thursday, May 1, 2014

category: Business

clue: This railroad magnate and university founder would have been happy to sell you a Ticket to Ride.

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


Jerry Maren

publication date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

category: Movies

clue: The last surviving member of the Lollipop Guild knows firsthand what it takes to be a Munchkin.

explanation: Maren starred in The Wizard of Oz. more…

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


Sanjay Gupta

publication date: Tuesday, April 29, 2014

category: Medicine

clue: If a Pandemic broke out, this doctor would give us all updates on CNN.

explanation: Gupta was CNN's chief medical correspondent. more…

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


John Smith

publication date: Monday, April 28, 2014

category: Exploration

clue: His experience settling Virginia would help him win a game of Settlers of Catan, but Pocahontas wouldn't be there to save his life.

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


Other Themes in Spring 2014

The Spirit of Sochi

The 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi produced the usual stories of triumph and heartbreak associated with the quadrennial games. Here are some of the most interesting people to emerge from the event. Go »

Video Game Heroes

Video games have become a billion-dollar industry, with annual revenues that outgross Hollywood. These five characters are some of the most popular stars in the business. Fictional characters are normally excluded from the game, but this week makes a special exception. This theme was created by Matthew Preston. Go »

Days of Our Lives

Each weekday brings a new celebrity goo, and that's extra true for these five goos, each of which was inspired by a different day of the week (not the day of publication). This theme was created by Chris Lemler. Go »

Angel on My Shoulders

Whatever your personal beliefs about angels, there's little doubt that their influence in culture has been enormous. These five celebrities from different fields all have some connection to angels. This theme was created by Steve West. Go »

Presidential Prenomens

These ten goos, major achievers in their own right, have first names linking them to former Presidents of the United States. If you can't identify the celebrity, perhaps figuring out their presidential namesake will help? Go »

Life is a Fairy Tale

Classic fairy tales teach universal lessons about wisdom, patience, and other virtues, remaining relevant even in our modern world. Each of these five celebrities has something in common with a classic fairy-tale hero or villain. Go »

I Want to Believe

Nearly 75% of Americans believe in some form of paranormal phenomena, so it's no wonder that celebrities do too. These five people, each famous in their own right, are also known for their beliefs about specific supernatural activity. Go »

Spring 2014 Tournament

Justin Woods. Matthew Preston. Russ Wilhelm. Steve West. The list of winners includes some very talented players. Are you prepared to do what it takes to feel the thrill of victory? This tournament will produce the game's 60th champion. Go »

Spring 2014 Bonus Goos

Relax! You've earned it. After a challenging tournament, it's time to take a break with seven easy goos that won't tax your brain cells too much. The competition is over, so just enjoy these and have fun. Go »