Now, see, if I'd been apprised of this approach back in the day, it could have saved me a lot of trouble.
This sounds a lot like something described in the BBC radio series "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy".
That's quite good. Somebody that sharp probably could have just written the paper in the first place.
Isn't that always the way with cheating schemes?
It wasn't exactly an excuse, but one student had been promised a new car by his father if he got straight As, but he was getting a B in my course. . . . And yes, the care with which he selected a major magazine article to plagiarize from, and shaped excerpts to fit the assignment, suggests that he was probably capable of getting an A, or at least something in the B+/A- range, on his own if he'd just put his mind to it. I do blame the father as well as the kid.