Lots of people read my blog regularly but even more read it because they Google a term and it leads them here. A couple of months ago, for example, my readership went up for a day or two because a clue in the Times crossword puzzle was “cousin of an alewife.” Since I’ve written about alewives and since the word cousin probably occurs somewhere here, Google directed them to Sphere. (The correct answer, by the way, was “shad.”)
Today “sphere at the Olympics” is a clue, and I’m getting dozens of hits from people who have Googled it, or something like it.
Ten letters? Sphere at the Olympics? Obviously it’s not "shot," as in shot put. Basketball? Volleyball?