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Today's puzzle has been guessed correctly.
Here is the clue which was provided.
This character was created in 1907 as part of a voluminous series about a fantasy land.
The first correct respondent was Jerry Drake, who wrote:
the new reading character is of course tik-tok, the mechanical man, from oz!
As introduced in Frank L. Baum's Ozma of Oz (1907). For more information on the character, and to visit an excellent Oz website, try the following URL: http://www.halcyon.com/piglet/ozites/oz0022.htm