artifice \AR-tuh-fis\, noun: 1. Cleverness or skill; ingenuity; inventiveness. 2. An ingenious or artful device or expedient. 3. An artful trick or stratagem. 4. Trickery; craftiness; insincere or deceptive behavior.
Grant slipped past his manager by ducking behind the fake Christmas tree display, narrowly dodging the task of getting stuck at "Returns & Exchanges" for the rest of his shift. He wiped his forehead and peeked out the plastic Douglas Fir branches, proud of his artifice.