The Grand Anagrammy Results for 2003

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Here are the results of our sixth Grand Anagrammy Awards.

42 people voted in this yearās Grand Anagrammies. It was a little down on previous years. This may have been related to minor glitch on the voting form, which a couple of regulars reported on Day One and was quickly fixed by Toby.

I never cease to be amazed by the very high standard of anagrams in Grands, and soon as you start reading them, you realise how difficult that it is pick three best in each category from such a great bunch. We ran nearly all the short category month winners this year after pruning them a little too heavily last year.

The downside was the difficulty in then choosing the three very best for the Overall, especially in the six short categories. One member noted that not only was it difficult to choose the Overall, but the leader was sometimes not well placed in its own category. He suggested that we hold a separate, later vote for the Overall, selecting from the Grand category winners. This is worth discussing as an option for future Grand Anagrammies.

2003 saw many big changes in the Anagrammy Awards. The first major change was, of course, moving from the slow-loading Voy Forum to our own fast and more personalised forum on our server. The new forum had its faults and short comings until Toby Gottfried joined the team. As most of you know, he rewrote the Forum software, and has continued to add improvements over the last few months. Not only that, but he created a greatly improved voting system, making it very easy to setup each month, and also easier for voters to use.


General Category

It was not surprising how close this was and how the lead changed hands after every 2-3 votes. Day One had Richard G and Mey tied for the lead with Jesse and Hans-Peter close behind. The next day, only 5 points separated the first four with Richard leading. Day Threeās close saw Jesse lead by three from Richard and View. The Final Day was dramatic, with Hans-Peter jump from 5th to equal winner with Jesse.

1

Hans-Peter Reich

33

One thousand kilos = Oh, sounds like a ton!

2

Jesse Frankovich

33

The articulate person = He utters a clear point.

3

Richard Grantham

31

Isn't "romantic and erotic" ~ a contradiction in terms?

4

View

30

ABC is ~ Basic.

5

Mey Kraus

25

The ballet position = It shall be on tiptoe.


Entertainment Category

I expected this to be quite close, but the first dayās leader, Scott, maintained his lead for start to finish. Second place was well contested between Toby and Mey.

1

Scott Gardner

64

Leonardo da Vinci, "The Last Supper" = Have Lord and apostles in picture.

2

Mey Kraus

48

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes = So, can he solve the murder, folks?

3

Wordminer

43

Goldilocks and the Three Bears = Girl had cereals, then took beds.


Topical Category

As usual, the problem here is that what was topical early in the year rarely win here and the December winner has a distinct advantage. Not surprisingly, Adrianās recent anagram won, although Jesseās runner-up had a small lead after the first 24 hours.

1

Adrian Hickford

5

New Year's Resolution = Notions we rarely use.

2

Jesse Frankovich

44

The hidden weapons of mass destruction = No one's found them, as this was predicted.

3

Scott Gardner

31

West Africa = It faces war.


Rude Category

Another rapidly fluctuating and very close competition. David, View and Adrian shared the lead on Day One. View led by one point the next day with Mey also moving into contention. The penultimate day saw Adrian jump to an eight point margin from Mey and View. A sudden spurt from David on the last day narrowed Adrianās win to just one point.

1

Adrian Hickford

39

She's performing fellatio = Offering her lips to males.

2

David Bourke

38

Scarlet women ~ screw men a lot.

3

View

35

Tee-shirt = Tits here!


Peoples Names Category

The lead changed hands here every day, with Jesse holding the reins at first from two of JBās anagrams. Richard took over the next day from Jesse and JB, who then led on Day Three. Richard surged back on the last day for a good five point win with only four points cover second to fifth places.

1

Richard Grantham

41

President George W. Bush = This bugger needs power.

2

JB

35

William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon = Methinks I love a word, a phrase, a fable!

3

Jesse Frankovich

32

Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald's = Cooked my order for lunch, and fast!


Other Names Category

If some of the above category were perilously close, this one was a walk in the park for Richard with what was clearly the most superior anagram of this category. His six point initial lead ballooned out to 19 by the end of the event.

1

Richard Grantham

50

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome = Uproar over recent mystery disease.

2

Mey Kraus

31

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

3

Mey Kraus

27

Stonehenge, in the downland of Salisbury Plain = ...


Best Anagram Software

Only two contenders: Artist and Genius. They tied two years ago, when Anagram Artist was first released. Last year Anagram Artist won. Both released new versions this year with Anagram Genius undergoing major and impressive improvements to the extent that I thought it would seriously challenge Anagram Artist. Not to be however. Anagram Artist had a big win.

1

Mike Keith

60

Anagram Artist 2.6

2

William Tunstall-Pedoe

37

Anagram Genius Version 9

3

Evans A Criswell

8

Wordplay 7.22


Best Anagram Website

I must I really wonder if this is a valid category. I mean, think about it: we run an anagram website and ask you which the best anagram website is. We have never lost, although Richard reminded me that Anagram Genius Archive has run a close second once. Well, what the heck, we deserve a win.J

1

The Anagrammy Team

77

Anagrammy Awards

2

William Tunstall-Pedoe

39

Anagram Genius Archives

3

Mike Keith

10

Mike Keith's Anagrams

4

Anu Garg

10

Internet Anagram Server


Medium Category

This was a new category this year and it was slow to pick up popularity and quality. By the end of the year, the number of entrants each month increased substantially as did their quality. It will definitely be staying.

This was the one category where I thought I had a chance of winning. I was well positioned on Day One just behind David A. Green. David Bourke shot past both of us the following day. He powered on to a solid win.

1

David Bourke

50

"What To Do When Someone Dies: ...

2

Larry Brash

33

Members of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists = ...

3

Mey Kraus

26

There are causes worth dying for, but none worth killing for. (Albert Camus) = ...


Long Category

This was a bit of a surprise. While preparing the voting page, I reread Richardās anagram and thought that it would be an easy winner. Sure enough, he led clearly on Day One, although Adrianās group referential anagram narrowed the gap the next day.Ź On Day Three, Adrian took over the lead by four points and held his small lead to the end.

1

Adrian Hickford

35

People are occasionally having problems with nominations...

2

Richard Grantham

32

[Part of a 2002 open letter from Saddam Hussein to the Iraqi parliament]...

3

Mey Kraus

26

Anthology: The Best Of Michael Jackson...


Special Category

Several people indicated to me that Richard Granthamās brilliant December winner was the hot favourite, despite the continuing great standard here this year with Richard Brodieās world record long, Mike Keithās triply true, Meyās host of literary masterpieces, and David Bourkeās and otherās humorous offerings. Straight from the start, Richard took a clear lead from Mike and Richard Brodie. That order remained to the finish with Mey and David filling fourth and fifth.

1

Richard Grantham

43

A retelling of ...

2

Mike Keith

34

A triply true anagram.

3

Richard Brodie

26

Battle of the Books.

4

Mey Kraus

21

3 Angles to Frost's The Road Not Taken.

5

David Bourke

18

The Night Before Christmas.


Best Overall Short Anagram

This was a chaotic contest! Unlike some past competition, no one anagram stood out here. The lead change constantly from vote to vote. Jesseās Ray Kroc had two point lead on Day One over Viewās Basic. The next day Richard Gās contradiction in terms and JBās Shakespeare tied, then View took a one point jump on both of them. The final day voting brought Hans-Peter from fifth to second, but could not catch Richard. 43 of the 66 short category entrants obtained at least one point here.

1

Richard Grantham

13

Isn't "romantic and erotic" ~ a contradiction in terms?

2

Hans-Peter Reich

12

Alpine glaciers = Large ice plains.

3

View

11

ABC is ~ Basic.

4

JB

10

William Shakespeare, the Bard of Avon = Methinks I love a word, a phrase, a fable!

5

Mey Kraus

9

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes = So, can he solve the murder, folks?


Best Overall Long Anagram

A more orderly and predictable contest. Traditionally the winner of Special will win here. The tradition continued this year, with Richard well clear throughout.

1

Richard Grantham

29

A retelling of ...

2

Mike Keith

16

A triply true anagram.

3

Richard Brodie

13

Battle of the Books.

4

Mey Kraus

10

Anthology: The Best Of Michael Jackson...

5

Mike Keith

9

The raw material for 641,959,232,274,432 pairs of anagrammed sonnets.


Rookie Anagrammatist of the Year

A couple of strong contenders here among the many new members who joined us this year. The winner had eight awards this year and his style is to post short bursts of great anagrams every couple of months. The winner is Scott Gardiner.

Most Improved Anagrammatist

Richard and I both agree that the winner here has been the most under-rated anagrammatist around. He has come from someone who was once kill-filed by one of alt.anagramsā more acerbic occasional posters, now to someone who posts consistent good anagrams despite that fact that English is not his first language. Rumour has it that this genuinely nice guy is helping another newbie whose English could "viewed" as a little weak The winner is Hans-Peter Reich.

Most Consistent Anagrammatist

An easy choice! He could well have won Best Rookie, Most Improved and this one, but we do like to share these awards around. He won awards in most months, and set a new record for the most nominations in a year. The winner is Jesse Frankovich.

The Daniel F. Etter Memorial Award for Anagrammatist of the Year.

Despite his huge number of wins this year, he was unlucky not to win any of the other categories this year in the Grand. He has the ability to create anagrams that consistently drop our jaws with their cleverness and wit, be it the shortest of anagrams through to beautifully crafted anagrammatic poems. Three years running, the winner is again Mey Kraus.

Special Award for Services rendered to the Anagrammy Awards.

When someone volunteers their services for free it is always appreciated, but when that is done with consummate skill then it deserved special recognition. The idea of this award was not just mine, but the idea of several members who have emailed me over the last few months expressing their thanks for the running of the Forum and Awards. The winner is Toby Gottfried.

 

I would like to congratulate all the winners in this year's Grand Anagrammy and also to thank everyone who participates in the Forum and Awards for their interest, encouragement and, at times, patience. Thank you all.

Larry Brash.


Updated: May 10, 2016


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