publication date: Saturday, July 28, 2007 (part of Round XXX)

category: Hoaxes

clue: In the goo game, it's easy to tell that a human being has beaten you, but in other games two centuries ago, it wasn't so easy.

explanation: The Turk was a famous chess-playing machine in use from 1770 to 1854 that was later revealed to be a hoax; a human operator sat inside. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Matthew Preston, Joanna Woods, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Amy Austin, Dave Mitzman, Elliot Farney, Tony Peters, and Scott Horowitz

trivia: This is the second entirely-mechanical celebrity in the goo game, and ironically follows Deep Blue, another chess-playing machine.


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Happy birthday!

Steve West turns 59 today.