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Six Degrees: Kim Clijsters to Saif Gadhafi

September 8th, 2009
03:33 PM ET

It’s that time of the week again!

Get your thinking caps on, we’re handing down our Six Degrees challenge.

All you need to do is connect two newsmakers who have hit the headlines in six moves.

This week we want you to link Kim Clijsters, the female tennis player who made an incredible comeback at this week’s U.S. Open to Saif Gadhafi, who has been involved in recent talks between the UK and Libya over freed Lockerbie bomber Abdelbeset Ali Mohmed al Megrahi

Leave your submissions in the comments section below, and the team will pick the most creative connection, and I’ll announce the winner on Friday’s show.

Need some inspiration? Check this out…

Last week's winner was Catherine Kobayashi from Tokyo, who says that she watches the program every day and finds it informative and full of energy. Thanks for the kind words Catherine, appreciated.

Catherine managed to connect incoming Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama to Peter Jackson, director of the Lord of the Rings films and producer of new alien box-office hit "District 9," all on her first attempt at the quiz. Well done!

Here's how she did it.

Yukio Hatoyama was reported on by…

…CNN reporter Kyung Lah, who is a colleague of…

Becky Anderson, who interviewed…

David Beckham, who is reportedly friends with…

Tom Cruise, who has worked with…

Steven Spielberg, who is producing the movie "The Adventures of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn" with…

Peter Jackson.

Reckon you can do better? Then try your hand at connecting Kim Clijsters and Saif Gadhafi.

Remember: you need five other people between those two: no more, no less. If you want your friends to take the challenge as well, then click the "share post" button below.

To see previous challenges, click here. Happy connecting!

soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. JG in NY

    Again with the lame "interviewed by" links.

    When trying to link famous people, using "interviewed by" or "reported on" is just being lazy. Think of all the famous people that have been reported on or interviewed by "colleagues" at CNN. My lord, you can link almost ANY two famous people that way in probably no more than 2 or 3 degrees.

    Has no one at CNN ever interviewed Peter Jackson? Only Kyra Philips, Miles O'Brien, Daryn Kagan, and so on. That means "Yukio Hatoyama was reported on by CNN reporter Kyung Lah, who is a colleague of Miles O'Brien, who interviewed Peter Jackson." Done. And very dumb.

    September 8, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Reply
  2. JG in NY

    Kim Clijsters was interviewed by CNN reporter Richard Roth who is a colleague of CNN reporter Nic Robertson who interviewed Saif Gadhafi.

    Am I missing something here?

    September 8, 2009 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  3. anna

    kim clijsters had a famous dad, belgian footbalplayer Lei Clijsters, which linked him with famous footballplayer Maradonna, who is friends with Hugo Chavez, president of Venuzuela, who is has also a close relationship with Fidel Castro, who had a conflict in the early sixties with President J.F. Kennedy, who studied at the London School of Economics, which is connected to Saif Gadaffi, on which he studied also.

    September 8, 2009 at 8:03 pm | Reply
  4. Emeniano Acain Somoza, Jr.

    KIM CLIJSTERS defeated VENUS WILLIAMS at the US open who was on the Power List episode of OPRAH who campaigned with JULIA ROBERTS for BARACK OBAMA who shook hands at the G8 Summit with

    September 8, 2009 at 8:52 pm | Reply
  5. Tom

    Here comes The Serbian Connection: Kim knows Serbian tennis player Jelena Janković, Jelena is a friend of Serbian tennis player Novak Đoković, Novak knows Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremić who in turn is a friend of another Serbian tennis player, Ana Ivanović. She is a friend of Serbian president Boris Tadić who was, few days ago, in Libya with Gadhafi, celebrating his 40th anniversary as a Libyan leader. Gadhafi even awarded Tadić with a medal for... well, does it really matter?

    September 8, 2009 at 9:24 pm | Reply
  6. Kirby

    Saif Gaddafi embarrasses Gordon Brown over Libyan IRA compensation – Telegraphy.co.uk (late headline)

    Gordon Brown met Rudy Giuliani during his President campain in Sept 2007

    Rudy Giuliani succeeded David Denkins as Mayor of NYC in the early 90's

    David Denkins an avid tennis fan met the Venus Williams at a US Open Buzz party in 2008

    Venus of course is the sister of Serena

    Serena will be playing Kim Clijsters soon in the US Open.

    Does that work?

    September 9, 2009 at 4:30 am | Reply
  7. Erandi

    KIM CLIJSTERS beat VENUS WILLIAMS at the 4 th round of the US open , VENUS WILLIAM'S Sister is SERENA WILLIAMS who recently had her Wax figure done at Madam Tussauds . Madam Tussauds also has a Wax Figure of MICHAEL JACKSON who died recenlty and at his memorial service sang MARIAH CAREY who has reportedly received a staggering sum of money form Libyan dictator COLONAL GADAFFI's son SAIFGADAFFI after agreeing to perform at the Nikki Beach Club on the Caribbean island of St Barts.

    September 9, 2009 at 5:14 am | Reply
  8. David Wong

    1. Kim Clijsters' father: Lei Clijsters played football on the Belgian national side with:
    2. Enzo Scifo, the great Belgian playmaker; Scifo spent the 1992 and 1993 seasons in Serie A with Torino, where he shared the Stadio delle Alpi stadium with, and often played against,
    3. Alessandro del Piero, one of the greatest footballers of all time, as selected by Pele. His club, Juventus, had a part owner in:
    4. Saadi Gaddafi, a son of
    5. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Another son, more in the news today, is:
    6. Saif Gaddafi.

    September 9, 2009 at 8:54 am | Reply
  9. Boaz

    SAIF GHADAFI was interviewed by NIC ROBERTSON who is a colleague of CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR on CNN who is wife of JAMES "JAMIE" RUBIN who served under administration of (and have an aquintance with) BILL CLINTON who gave personal congratulations in white house to SERENA WILLIAMS who played against KIM CLIJSTERS.
    6 degrees!

    September 9, 2009 at 9:01 am | Reply
  10. JoB

    Shorter anna, ... Maradona & famous football players is what the sons of Khadaffi get excited about.

    September 9, 2009 at 9:34 am | Reply
  11. James

    Kim Clijsters defeated Venus Williams in the US open and was celebrating her return to grand slam whereas Gaddafi was celebrating 40th anniversary of the coup (that brought him to power) on the same day!

    September 9, 2009 at 9:39 am | Reply
  12. charming banana

    KIM CLIJSTERS is linked to GHADAFI by their common ancestor adam and eva .
    however the united states' media is linked to hate, as magnets are to metals .

    September 9, 2009 at 9:42 am | Reply
  13. Alex Lu

    Kim Clijsters defeated
    Venus Williams in the 4th round of the US Open 2009, who is reportedly engaged to
    Hank Kuehne, who has been friends with Tiger Wood since 15 years old, who lost to
    Jimmy Fallon in the Wii Game: Tiger Woods PGA Tour 10, who has starred with
    Natalie Portman in a 2002 VMA TV spot, who is reportedly dating
    Nat Rothschild who attended
    Saif Gadhafi 37th birthday party at the Splendid Hotel in 2009

    September 9, 2009 at 10:26 am | Reply
  14. Anand Bala

    KIM CLIJSTERS is the daughter of LEI CLIJSTERS who was an international footballer who played for Belgium in the 1990 World Cup second round match against England where the winning goal was scored by England's DAVID PLATT, who subsequently played for Juventus in the 1992-93 season alongside GIANLUCA VIALLI, who in the 1994 season became team-mates with CIRO FERRARA, after the latter's transfer from Napoli, who is now the manager of Juventus, in which a 7.5% stake was purchased in 2002 by MUAMMAR AL-GADAFFI, who is the father of SAIF AL-GADAFFI

    September 9, 2009 at 10:55 am | Reply
  15. Saif Gaddafi

    Kim is the mother of my child!! Sorry cant make that 5 connections...

    September 9, 2009 at 10:59 am | Reply
  16. Iasonas

    Kim Clijsters looks like PRINCESS FIONA
    who's voice belongs to CAMERON DIAZ.
    who looks like RYAN PHILLIPE
    and played in the drama "the way of the gun" of C.MCQUARRIE.
    Which Ghadafi based his life on....

    September 9, 2009 at 11:39 am | Reply
  17. Gilbert Neyens (Belgium)

    Kim Clijsters is a colleague of
    1. Justine Henin who played against
    2. Miroslava Vavrinec who is married to
    3. Roger Federer who was interviewed by
    4. CNN reporter Richard Roth who is a colleague of
    5. CNN reporter Nic Robertson who interviewed
    Saif Gadhaffi.

    (JG in NY: you missed Federer).

    September 9, 2009 at 11:46 am | Reply
  18. Koen

    1. Father of Kim = Lei Clijsters
    2. Lei Clijsters played with Eric Gerets in the Belgian national footbal team
    3. Eric Gerets played for AC milan
    4. AC Milan is owned by Silvio Berlusconi
    5. Berlusconi is reported to want to sell AC Milan to Muammar Gaddafi
    6. Muammar is the father of Saif Gaddafi

    September 9, 2009 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  19. Guijuan Go

    Readers who are trying to make a connection are just wasting their brain cells. There are better things to do.

    September 9, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  20. Your Saint


    September 9, 2009 at 12:35 pm | Reply
  21. Tom Vuchelen

    Politicians and sportspeople... no interviews

    Saif Gaddafi met with Condoleeza Rice in November 2008 during a high profile visit to the US.

    Condoleezza Rice served in the George W. Bush administration as Secretary of State (though this can likely be skipped, I'm confident Mrs. Rice and Mr. Obama have met at SOME point).

    George W. Bush attended inauguration of next president Barack Obama.

    Barack Obama met with Serena Williams at White House after 2009 Wimbledon.

    Serena Williams has repeatedly played against Kim Clijsters.

    September 9, 2009 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  22. RV (from Flanders, just like Kim Clijsters)

    Why does CNN does this "link Clijsters to Gaddafi", just before the match versus Williams ? Trying to stir up patrotic feelings to rally against her ?

    September 9, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Reply
  23. Leon


    September 9, 2009 at 1:13 pm | Reply
  24. felix

    nonsense. idesk and connect is boring. (just report it as new) and find something innovative to do if you want to be interesting.

    September 9, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Reply
  25. Richard Schatz

    Both have eaten Belgian waffles in their lifetime. Both have been to Brussels. Both brush their teeth in the morning. What an utter waste of time this is. Don't you have anything better to write about. You've already got I – reporters doing more and more of your work free for you.

    September 9, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  26. jojo


    kim clijisters...is the daugther of belgian footballer lei clijisters who played in the worled cup with diego maradona who was interviewed by richard roth who also was in the same place with nummar gadafii who celebraed his 4oth anniversiry thesame day kim celebrated her striking come back to tennis by winning venus williams who is also a sister to serens illms which she would play next and has worn her 8 times in the nine times day have met in a competion.


    September 9, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Reply
  27. John van Breugel

    Kim Clijsters used to date Lleyton Hewitt.
    Lleyton Hewiit lost to Roger Federer at the US Open last week
    Roger Federer is friends with Sarah Ferguson
    Sarah Fergunson used to be married to Prince Andrew
    Prince Andrew was phographed with Saif Ghaddafi

    September 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  28. jim purcell

    this is all retarded, cnn. sorry

    September 9, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  29. Lori

    kim clijster-belgium tennis player who played against Graf/Agassi in mixed doubles at a 2009 exhibition match
    andre agassi-#1 tennis player who founded Andre Agassi Foundation
    sir elton john – a board of directors of Andre Agassi Foundation
    larry king – interviewed Sir Elton John in 2005 on CNN Larry King Live
    condolezza rice-met Sir Elton John when he received a Kennedy Center Honor in 2004 for US Culture Icon
    Saif Gaddafi-met with Rice Nov 2008

    September 9, 2009 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  30. waximus

    you guys have way to much free time on your hands..

    September 9, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  31. K Lingaraju

    Kim Clisters' was engaged to ...

    ... Lleyton Hewitt, who was presented the Wimbledon trophy in 2002 by...

    ... the Duchess of Kent, whose husband is ...

    ... the Duke of Kent, 27th in line to the throne of ...

    ... Queen Elizabeth, whose Lord President of the Privy Council...

    ... Lord Mandelson, met with ...

    .......... Saif Gadaffi at Corfu this August

    September 9, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Reply
  32. Bernard

    1.Kim Clijstershas had many contacts with Justine Henin.
    2.Justine Henin has met the Begian king Albert II.
    3.He has met with the ex-federal premier Jean-Luc Dehaene over many topics and many times.
    4.Jean-Luc Dehaene has met his successor Verhofstadt during the difficult negotiations afther the federal elections in 2007 to help broker a new goverment as bemiddelaar des Konings.
    5.Verhofstadt has met dined with colonel Gaddafi.
    6.And he is the father of Saif Gaddafi
    sorry for the bad English it's not my native languege.

    September 9, 2009 at 6:05 pm | Reply
  33. ofelia yamaguchi

    senseless topic

    September 9, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  34. Kirk

    Kim Clijsters appeared on "Open Access" (Miami) in 2004 in which...
    Shaqille O'Neal also appeared, and who was on SNL with...
    Will Ferrel, who appeared on SNL with...
    Maya Rudolph, who played the character...
    Condoleeza Rice, who met with....
    Saif Gadhafi in November 2008

    September 9, 2009 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  35. Tony Hernandez

    Shortest connection: I watched Kim Clisters last night. I saw Saif Ghadafi in the news this morning. That's it! Or don't I matter?

    September 9, 2009 at 11:49 pm | Reply
  36. donah

    Well Becky..... Donah said it all but can´t read....
    So I´ll continue seeing your flashy face every evening at 20:00 gmt at my outpost in the Canary Islands not that far away from the satellites in my East.... The Astra bunch.... No money commercials and no poleece chases in my firmament..
    Say hi to all, will ya... Donah////

    September 10, 2009 at 11:44 pm | Reply

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