2012 has not been easy for women so far, as these five controversial ladies can attest. Each one made headlines, for better or worse, in the first few months of this year.



Pamela Druckerman

publication date: Friday, April 20, 2012

category: Journalism

clue: Qui a dit que les parents français ne sont pas mieux élever leurs enfants?

explanation: The clue asked, "Who says French parents are not better at bringing up their children?" Druckerman's controversial 2012 book Bringing Up Bébé made the case that the French are better at parenting than Americans. more…

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


Angela Corey

publication date: Thursday, April 19, 2012

category: Justice

clue: This state attorney might finally bring legal resolution to the death of Trayvon Martin.

explanation: In April 2012, Corey filed a charge of second-degree murder against George Zimmerman for the highly controversial killing of Trayvon Martin. more…

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


Mimi Alford

publication date: Wednesday, April 18, 2012

category: Controversy

clue: Not many people get famous today for something they did in 1962. But when that act was carrying on an affair with the U.S. president, and they were 19 at the time, one could see why it was kept secret for so long.

explanation: Alford published a book in 2012 revealing her affair with John F. Kennedy in 1962-1963. more…

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


Bobbi Kristina Brown

publication date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

category: Family

clue: Losing your mother, a world-famous R&B singer, to her drug problem must have been hard. Having this event shine a light on your own drug abuse while still a teen might have been harder.

explanation: Brown was the daughter of Whitney Houston. In the wake of Houston's death, Brown's drinking and drug habits were extensively covered by tabloids. more…

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


Sandra Fluke

publication date: Monday, April 16, 2012

category: Controversy

clue: This Georgetown law student received a rare apology from Rush Limbaugh for personal attacks over her position on contraception funding.

explanation: After Fluke addressed Congress on the subject of insurance covering contraceptives, Limbaugh characterized her as a "slut" and "prostitute." Public outcry compelled him to apologize. more…

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


Other Themes in Spring 2012

Life After Death

Just as spring follows winter, new life can follow death. To commemorate the addition of zombie players to the game, here are five celebrities who achieved significant success posthumously. Go »

Super Maximum

Life a real-life Arkham Asylum, the most famous villains of the United States are jailed in the super-maximum-security facility in Florence, Colorado, home of mobsters, gang leaders, drug lords, terrorists, and various enemies of state, including these five goos. Go »

Double Trouble

Most celebrities have non-famous siblings, but twins who achieve fame in the same field are especially rare. Have twice the fun this week guessing these five pairs of famous twins. Both names are required for your guess to be correct. Go »

Go Ahead, Make His Day

Once a star of macho action pictures, Clint Eastwood began directing movies in 1971 and has become one of America's most celebrated film-makers. These goos are inspired by five of his movies, both recent and classic. Are you feeling lucky? Go »

Eight-Legged Freaks

Do spiders make you squeamish? This theme may not be for you. This week, five goos inspired by arachnids are waiting for you to get trapped in their page on the Web. Go »

When in Rome

The ancient Romans founded one of the greatest empires of antiquity, excelling in government, war, arts, and general decadence. Get in a time machine and spend this week identifying some of the major figures of the Roman era. Go »

Men are from Mars

The fourth planet from the Sun has long held the fascination of men, especially these five, who will forever be associated with the red planet. There's a reason why both Mars and men share the symbol ♂. Go »

Goo Noir 2

It feels good to be back in black! Ever since the original noir genre tapered off in the 1950s, writers and filmmakers have kept returning to the dark theme. These five goos are famous for their work in neo-noir. Go »

Meow Mix

It's the final week of the regular season, and your last chance to save up nine lives. Can you identify these five celebrities with feline names? Real winners don't rely on performance-enhancing drugs like catnip. Go »

Spring 2012 Tournament

The dead shall rise! In this tournament, whenever an odd number of players remains, a defeated player will return as a "zombie" to challenge the top-seeded player. If successful, they'll gain full re-entry into the tournament. This time, it's not over until it's over. Go »

Spring 2012 Bonus Goos

What will you do on your summer vacation? With the tournament concluded and the next season ready to start on Monday, here are three days of extra goos that have no bearing on the season winner. Enjoy the break and come back refreshed next week. Go »