publication date: Sunday, December 20, 2015 (part of Winter 2016)
clue: Jazz might have been named after this Mississippi delta blues musician, if he actually existed.
explanation: One of the many theories about the origin of the word "jazz" is that it's named after a legendary, possibly fictional musician named Jazbo Brown. more…
intended difficulty: medium
solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Justin Woods, and Joanna Woods
trivia: No photograph of Brown exists, so Scott gooed an image of Arthur S. Shaw's composition "Jazbo" based on him. Incorrect guesses included Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters.