Since its debut comic book in 1963, Marvel's X-Men franchise has grown expontentially in size and popularity, with countless mutant super-heroes and super-villains revolutionizing the genre and launching a hit series of movies and TV shows. Now, they're taking over the goo game: For the month of October, each goo is inspired by an X-Men character. Can you solve for X?



publication date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 - the answer will be revealed on Tuesday, November 3

category: Art

clue: One of ancient history's best-known sculptors didn't live to see his final creation, a Colossus of a statue, become finished.

difficulty: medium (90 points)

solved by: Samir Mehta and Erik Bates

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publication date: Monday, October 26, 2020 - the answer will be revealed on Monday, November 2

category: Music

clue: This indie rocker from St. Louis has become a critical darling for having the voice of an Angel.

difficulty: medium (90 points)

solved by: Samir Mehta and Erik Bates

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publication date: Sunday, October 25, 2020 - the answer will be revealed on Sunday, November 1

category: Religion

clue: He had only a brief career as a Bishop in England, but since his 1170 assassination, he has become among the most venerated saints in the Catholic Church and Anglican Church.

difficulty: medium (90 points)

solved by: Steve West, Samir Mehta, Richard Slominsky, and Erik Bates

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publication date: Saturday, October 24, 2020 - the answer will be revealed on Saturday, October 31

category: Sports

clue: His career with the Seahawks can apparently be turned on and off again, just like the Beast mode that gave him his nickname.

difficulty: very easy (30 points)

solved by: Steve West, Samir Mehta, Richard Slominsky, and Erik Bates

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publication date: Friday, October 23, 2020 - the answer will be revealed on Friday, October 30

category: Movies

clue: Sure, it was a Longshot for her to star in a romance with Seth Rogen. That's why they called it that.

difficulty: very easy (30 points)

solved by: Steve West, Samir Mehta, Denise Sawicki, and Erik Bates

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publication date: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - the answer will be revealed on Thursday, October 29

category: Music

clue: He and his colorful bandmates re-popularized punk rock in the 1990s, with hit albums like Nimrod.

difficulty: very easy (30 points)

solved by: Steve West, Samir Mehta, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, and Erik Bates

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publication date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - the answer will be revealed on Wednesday, October 28

category: Business

clue: Like turning over a new Domino, he oversaw a record-setting corporate turnaround in the fast-food industry that started when his company apologized for being terrible. He was hired a year later and named the best CEO of 2011 by CNBC.

difficulty: easy (60 points)

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

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Earlier Goos

These goos were also part of this theme.

Jason Becker

ALS robbed this promising San Francisco musician of his ability to shred on the guitar, but he can still communicate and compose via software that watches him Blink. Go »

Devin Booker

This young athlete went pro for Phoenix in 2015 after just one year at the University of Kentucky. Go »

Boy George

This androgynous and colorful singer scored a hit with his band in the 1980s about a lizard experiencing Karma. Go »

Antony Starr

Before his starring role as a superhero in The Boys, he starred in Banshee. Go »

Elizebeth Smith Friedman

During the Prohibition and WWII, there was practically no Cypher that couldn't be figured out by this celebrated cryptologist, who worked in partnership with her husband William. Go »

Megan Fox

She's been in movies about Transformers and Ninja Turtles, but her latest movie is Rogue. Go »

Jim Morrison

This poet-singer became a legend in the late-60s counter-culture, weaving the anagram Mr. Mojo Risin' into his lyrics. Go »

Hikaru Nakamura

Trying to earn a living on Twitch during a pandemic must have been risky, but chess players are used to making a bold Gambit. Go »

Shin Lim

This Singaporean illusionist rarely speaks in his up-close Magik act, where he manipulates cards with the manual dexterity he learned from his training as a pianist. Go »

Jamal Ahmad Mohammad Al Badawi

This Yemeni terrorist, who has been called the Mastermind of the bombing of the USS Cole, lived (barely) to see 2019. Go »

Denis Leary

This foul-mouthed, frequently angry Boston-Irish comic was a strange choice to cast in a children's movie, playing a Sabretooth tiger in a historical Ice Age. Go »

Jake Gyllenhaal

He's played a gay cowboy, a Spider-Man villain, and a prince of Persia, but none of that prepared him to star in Nightcrawler. Go »

Bing Crosby

Besides his successful careers in live comedy and film acting, he recorded a series of hit songs that included "White Christmas" and "Quicksilver." Go »

Francis Ford Coppola

One of Hollywood's most celebrated filmmakers (and filmmaking family patriarchs) is responsible for films about an American general, a godfather, a conversation, a vampire, and an Apocalypse. Go »

Steve Wynn

Is it amusing that this prolific casino developer, whose works include the Mirage, is named for what you want to do in one? Go »

Frank Richards

When jumping into a pool, a belly flop is more painful than a Cannonball. This iconic stunt performer did something even more painful with both. Go »

Betty Friedan

She sparked a revolution in feminism with her 1960s book about women's Mystique. Go »

Stephanie Abrams

She has covered many a Storm in her nearly two decades with The Weather Channel, from which she broadcasts to America every morning from her TV studio headquarters. Go »

Charles Woodson

As a Wolverine, he played both offense and defense to lead Michigan to a 1997 championship. Now he's considered one of the NFL's greatest-ever defensive players. Go »

Val Kilmer

He played the chilly Iceman in a mid-80s action movie about top fighter pilots, and he's expected to reprise the role soon in the long-delayed sequel. Go »

Other Themes in Fall 2020

In the Name of Rock & Roll

A rock band is a hard thing to name. Some bands turn to history. Others just open the phone book. To celebrate the sixth anniversary of Rock Block, here are seven people who famously inspired the names of rock bands, much like Lynyrd Skynyrd named their band after their despised gym teacher Leonard Skinner. Can you remember the words to all seven of these legendary rock namesakes? Go »

Happy anniversary!

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