The Anagrammy Results for November 2003

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44 voters - a little down on last month's record number of voters, but it was the seventh best result ever.

There were nine people who won awards this month, with two winning multiple awards. There were a couple of close categories, but in most the winner was evident from Day One.

This month there were some further improvements in the Forum, with many new features added by Toby, in particular the ability to review posts before sending them, and improved dealing with incorrect noms.Toby has also improved the setting up the voting pages. The amount of work that I do to get voting ready is a small fraction of what it was six months ago.


General Category - 1st three win an award.

The likely first and second place winners were evident by the end of the first day, and the interest then focused on who would pick up third place to win an award.

Mey led from the beginning and always kept about 5-6 points clear of Jesse. Dean Mayer, who returned to Forum last month with many excellent anagrams, and Richard Grantham fought it out for third place. Dean squeezed home by just two points for his third ever win.


1st

Mey Kraus with:
Correspondent = Does CNN report.

43

2nd

Jesse Frankovich with:
The desert oasis ~ does ease thirst.

37

3rd

Dean Mayer with:
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned =
Flamethrower on hand, she can kill you!

30

4th

Richard Grantham with:
Honestly = On the sly.

28

Eq 5th

Larry Brash with:
Transcendental meditation = CD's entitled "Intone a Mantra".

Hans Peter with:
Elementary particles ~ are simple, yet central!

20


Entertainment Category

This was very very close, particularly near the end of the competition, in which there were several great anagrams.

David Bourke led by one point at the end of the first day, moving six clear after two days. Wordminer narrowed the gap to three points with 24 hours to go, then tied on the penultimate vote, and finally won by a point with the last vote.

This is Wordminer's seventh win this year and is now close to entering the Top Twenty.


1st

Wordminer with:
Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa = A smile adorns a vain old icon.

59

2nd

David Bourke with:
Walt Disney's 'Winnie The Pooh' = Went to slide his paw in honey.

58

3rd

Richard Brodie with:
Ludwig von Beethoven's Eroica Symphony =
He's moved by huge victory Napoleon wins.

45


Topical Category

David's narrow defeat on the finishing line in Entertainment was somewhat offset by a solid win here with a top anagram.

David led by nine after 24 hours and pulled ahead to win by 15 points at the end.

46 awards for David over the last five years. Nice to see him back in the thick of things.


1st

David Bourke with:
Baghdad, the capital of Iraq = Big patch of Al Qaida hatred.

72

2nd

Jesse Frankovich with:
Pedophiliac Singer Michael Jackson =
Jail Pop King! Cease his child romance!

51

3rd

Mey Kraus with:
Warrant Issued for Michael Jackson's Arrest =
A star remains just wacko for children's arse!

43


Rude Category

Only five nominations on the final list here this month, but it was perilously close throughout with the first three leading at various times.

It was a tie between David and Jesse at the end of Day One, then David led by two by the end of the next day. Day Three saw Adrian jump into the lead by two points, only to have Jesse score the best on the final day for a two point win.


1st

Jesse Frankovich with:
The rock star groupie = Care to go up her skirt?

49

Eq 2nd

David Bourke with:
Impotency drug Viagra = Gigantic. (Am VERY proud!)

47

Eq 2nd

Adrian Hickford with:
A stretch in prison = O! Sphincter strain!

47


Peoples' Names Category

No surprises here.

Mey's anagram was in a class of its own. The 16 point led on Day One, increased to 23 with the last day starting. Adrian did well to claw it back to a 14 point deficit by the end of the event.


1st

Mey Kraus with:
American President George W. Bush =
He needs grim war to bring us peace?!

63

2nd

Adrian Hickford with:
John Cleese in 'Fawlty Towers' = Ah! Joy of well-written scenes!

49

3rd

Jesse Frankovich with:
Academy Winner Tom Hanks = Ah, cinema's my known trade.

41


Other Names Category

Mey won the Name Double this month very convincingly.

Mey's win in Other Names was even more impressive. The 28 point margin was the largest this month.


1st

Mey Kraus with:
The recent Microsoft Windows update =
Few noticed it's the same worn product.

66

2nd

Matjaz Pihler with:
The Apollo Thirteen mission = One hellish Moon-trip, I state.

38

3rd

Adrian Hickford with:
His crimes proven = HM Prison Service.

24


Medium Category

I created my anagram quite early in the month and, although I was proud of it and rated in a good chance, I watched as it was joined by other good anagrams, especially David's brilliant anagram of the latest addition to the Royal Family.

I started well with a ten point lead, only to watch David get closer and closer. However, the final day's voters smiled benignly on me and I came in with a 14 point win.

My seventh win of the year, gives me 74 wins all-up.


1st

Larry Brash with:
Members of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists..

69

2nd

David Bourke with:
Royals hold a miniature-size cute little baby, now named . .

53

3rd

Dean Mayer with:
President George Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair

51


Awardsmaster's Challenge

I think I will organise this more frequently. It was a great contest and the were many different slants on anagramming this phrase:

"The fortieth anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy".

I decided to go with a poignant theme and thought that it had a serious chance, but Jesse's entry managed to capture the conspiracy theories as well as the sadness very elegantly. He kept a steady lead throughout.

An impressive three wins for Jesse this month, giving him 16 wins all up and leap-frogging to equal 11th place with David A,.Green.

Thank you to Richard Grantham for pointing out the acrostic in Adrian's anagram.


1st

Jesse Frankovich with:
A jarring shot on that sad, stern Friday invokes fifteen dozen inferential hypotheses.

50

2nd

Adrian Hickford with:
Jets in on a
Friday in Nov... Eyes
Keen to gaze first-hand...
Rifle-shots
In the head's front
Part...

35

3rd

Larry Brash with:
Let's join, in steady tears, gaze on and thank this fine Navy hero for his effort.

32


Long Category

Five entries here this month, which is around the optimal level. Many more than that can put voters off reading them all.

Mey was never in doubt here, finishing Day One with a 23 point lead, which increased to 30 points by the end of the competition.


1st

Mey Kraus with:
Anthology: The Best Of Michael Jackson

77

2nd

Wordminer with:
I pledge allegiance to the flag, . . .

47

3rd

David Bourke with:
The President of the United States of America, . . .

39


Special Category - 1st three win an award.

Six nominations here, all very different from each other, and all showing the ingenuity, imagination, and skill that is found in the members of our group.

Mike's random sonnet generator demonstrated his dual talents as a great poetic anagrammer and his mathematical ability, and it was not surprising that he led clearly from the beginning to the end. This was consecutive wins for Mike in the Special Category. All-up, he has won 23 awards.

Mey's three witty variations on a Shel Silverstein poem was in second place the whole way. Another brilliant month for Mey with five wins, moving his grand total to 143 awards.

Third place was close with David Green's eye chart, just pushing out Zoran and Jesse combined Numerograms entry. David has won 17 awards moving him up to equal 11th position.


1st

Mike Keith with:
This entry contains the raw materials for 641,959,232,274,432 pairs of sonnets

55

2nd

Mey Kraus with:
Magic by Shel Silverstein [three anagrams]

39

3rd

David A. Green with:
The Snellen Visual Acuity Chart.

34

4th

Zoran Radisavlevic and Jesse Frankovich with:
Numerograms

32

5th

David Bourke with:
There is overwhelming evidence that you are a devious pervert...

28


The Anagrammy Team's Choice for the Best Anagram of a non-winning author.

There were four contenders for this award. They included Richard Grantham's General (just two points off an award), Richard Brodie's third place in Entertainment, Adrian Hickford's runnerup in Peoples Names, and Matjaz's second place in Other Names.

Given that Richard's went closest to a win, that it is the shortest of the above, and is a very good anagram, I decide on his.

Richard Grantham with:
Honestly =
On the sly.

Top Ten DFE Awards Progressive Points - 2003

1st

Mey Kraus

793.87

2nd

Jesse Frankovich

614.67

3rd

Adrian Hickford

399.60

4th

JB

332.62

5th

Richard Grantham

329.55

6th

Wordminer

321.16

7th

David Bourke

276.43

8th

Larry Brash

275.49

9th

Zoran Radisavlevic

226.47

10th

Scott Gardner

225.28


Congratulations to all the winners for this month and thank you all for voting.

An overview of the awards for this year.
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Updated: May 10, 2016


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