<jargon, algorithm> (Harvard) A program that solves a standard problem (such as the Eight Queens Puzzle
or implementing the life algorithm
) in a deliberately nonstandard way. Distinguished from a crock
by the fact that the programmer did it on purpose as a mental exercise.
Such constructions are quite popular in exercises such as the Obfuscated C contest
, and occasionally in retrocomputing
. Lew Lasher was a student at Harvard around 1980 who became notorious for such behaviour.