publication date: Tuesday, January 31, 2006 (part of Round XXVII)
clue: Remember, remember, the fifth of November, when this sly fox nearly bombed the British empire into anarchy.
explanation: Fawkes was a historical criminal and revolutionary in British history, who, on November 5, 1605, was caught attempting to kill the British king and parliament with explosives. The nursery rhyme that recalls his crime begins with the line, "Remember, remember the fifth of November." The word "fox" was a play on his last name. more…
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Denise Sawicki, Joanna Woods, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, David Mitzman, Elliot Farney, Jerry Mathis, Megan Baxter, Chris McKinnon, Mihai Rusu, Michael Paul Cote, Bob Miller, Jacque Miller, Angela Lathem-Ballard, and John Julitz
trivia: This goo had been intended for publication on November 5, 2005, the 4000th anniversary of Fawkes's plot was celebrated. However, the goo game was in hiatus at the time, so Scott settled for January 31, 2006, the 400th anniversary of Fawkes's execution for the attempted regicide.