publication date: Sunday, December 18, 2016 (part of Winter 2017)

category: Games

clue: How appropriate it is that her board game about the dangers of capitalism was stolen by an unbrotherly corporation and turned into a celebration of making profit.

explanation: Magie invented The Landlord's Game, later renamed Monopoly when it was published by Parker Brothers, who covered up any record of her involvement. Magie intended the game to teach about the dangers of capitalism, but its lessons have been lost on generations of players trying to win by getting rich. more…

intended difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Richard Slominsky, Justin Woods, Matthew Preston, Joanna Woods, and Jesse King


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