Results for August 2004


51 votes cast. Anything over fifty makes me happy that we are doing a good job.

August started with a huge number of posts and it looked like we would go over 2000 posts. However, having our cgi-bin switched off for a day or two slowed things down. Still, it is good to see how active the group is.

There was a good spread of awards this month with 10 competitors winning the 15 awards.


GENERAL:

Chris Doyle started strongly with five point lead on Day One, with Allan, Tony and Adrian bunched together. Chris consolidated his lead by Day Three and won by ten on the last day.

The minor places were hotly contested, but Allan and Tony were consistently in contention, with Adrian just missing out by two points on third place.

Chris has won four awards in just his three months with us. Tony's award was his second.


1

  Chris Doyle

42  

Familiarity breeds contempt = It's one cramped, bitter family

2

  Allan Morley

32  

Valentine amulets = Sentimental value.

3

  Tony Crafter

31  

It's no big deal = Bigot's denial.

4

  Adrian Hickford

29  

Sun + cold air = Rainclouds.

5

  JB

24  

Literary talents = Art lay in letters.


ENTERTAINMENT:

Day One saw Mey leading by just two points over View, who tied him on Day Two. However, Mey broke clear and ended up winning by 14 points.


1

  Mey Kraus

60  

The DreamWorks Studio = Our team did two 'Shreks'.

2

  JB

46  

Former President Bill Clinton's autobiography = "My Life": or another opportunist scribbling deal?

3

  Jesse Frankovich

38  

Televised poker championships = Seek hands to improve chip piles.


TOPICAL:

Toby started with a two point lead, which he steadily increased over Rick and Mey.

Toby came in seven points clear at the finish for his sixth win this year and his 14th all up.


1

  Toby Gottfried

47  

The Republicans' National Convention = Bush live on CNN. I note total, inane crap.

2

  Mey Kraus

40  

The Opening Ceremony of the Athens Olympic Games = No match - Greece has spent one mighty pile of money.

3

  Rick

39  

The Australian Olympic swimmer, Ian Thorpe = I'm in pool races... I'm always triumphant there.


PEOPLES NAMES:

This category had several leaders during the competition.

Toby led on Day One with Mey and JJ very close behind. Day Two had JJ well clear and looking strong. Mey narrowed the margin on Day Three with Jesse a further six points back. The Final Day was a huge surprise with Jesse coming from third to first, with a massive 19 points in the last ten votes.


1

  Jesse Frankovich

50  

Republican Candidate George W. Bush = Build on war; bugger peace and ethics.

2

  JJ Gertler

44  

Famed terpsichorean Isadora Duncan = Dame untied her scarf in a car and... oops!

3

  Mey Kraus

41  

The famous mystery novelist Arthur Conan Doyle = Any theft or nasty murder? You can solve it, Holmes.


OTHER NAMES:

This was the most lop-sided category of this month's contest.

Mey jumped to a 16 point lead on Day One and extended this to a massive 34 margin by the end.


1

  Mey Kraus

66  

Abstinence Education Program = Campaigned to ban intercourse.

2

  Jesse Frankovich

32  

Long train cars attend ~ Grand Central Station.

3

  Scott Gardner

30  

The Oracle at Delphi = Had telepathic role.


MEDIUM LENGTH:

This was a very close contest with an exciting finish.

I started with a small lead after 24 hours, with Mey, Toby and David Green all in contention. Mey and I shared the lead 24 hours later. The final two days had the three of us never more than five points apart. Toby led with 49 votes in. I tied him at 50 votes and beat him by one on the last vote. Phew!

That makes ten awards for me this year and 84 over the years.


1

  Larry Brash

45  

Computer (n), Electronic device which performs computations according to a series of instructions, known as a program. =
Microsoft Windows (n), A program that is defective, crack-prone (on purpose). In time, continual crashes occur, costing more

2

  Toby Gottfried

44  

Anagram (n.): A word or phrase formed by transposing the letters of another word or phrase =
Anagrammy (n.): Hot web site here for half-sharp word rearrangers to post and/or to respond.

3

  Mey Kraus

40  

The tragedy 'Othello, Moor of Venice' by William Shakespeare =
Iago's hostile plan led me to choke my wife over her 'betrayal'.


AWARDSMASTER'S CHALLENGE:

As the Olympics were on this month, we went with an Olympic theme: to anagram "The Games of The Twenty-Eighth Olympiad".

Most of us found and used the obvious keywords, such as "gold", "medals", "athletes", "dope", and "gym". So, perhaps it was not too surprising that voters went for something different that avoided these keywords. It had to great anagram, too, of course.

Day One had a three way tie with Richard, Hans-Peter and Mey. However, Richard was clear by 10 on Day Two, and romped home with a nice 16 points win.


1

  Richard Grantham

45  

Go play with the mighty then defeat some!

2

  Chris Doyle

29  

Yet why do top teams fail? The men get high!

2

  Mey Kraus

29  

I fight my way, then hope to get the medals!


LONG:

Richard's two very funny anecdotes stood out from the beginning. His big lead was briefly narrowed by Mey, but he was never in doubt.

Two wins this month give him 11 for the year, and 142 all up.


1

  Richard Grantham

71  

[Two true stories from my life] My girlf... = However, don't let it be said that I'm ...

2

  Mey Kraus

58  

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty... = ll'I timda ti - eht elat SI gnizama, er...

3

  Tony Crafter

33  

By the old Moulmein Pagoda, lookin' eas... = Rudyard Kipling's aesthetically memorab...


SPECIAL:

Very large anagrams usually impress the voters and David's 14,000 letter effort was no exception. Its brilliant humour helped considerably, too. David's anagram is the third longest anagram ever created.

David led from Day One and continued to open up the margin to get home 26 points ahead. Mey always looked comfortable for second place. The real battle was for third with Tony and Allan never far apart. Allan just made it with a three point break at the end.

David has had nine wins this year and now has 57 awards Mey's three wins give him 26 this year and 172 total. Allan's two wins give him 24 awards and moves him into the Top Ten, ousting Mike Keith.


1

  David Bourke

72  

PREPARING FOR EMERGENCIES WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

2

  Mey Kraus

46  

A poem by Wilde, about Shelley's death, anagrammed into a poem by Shelley, dedicated to Wordsworth, ...

3

  Allan Morley

37  

I see trees of green, red roses too...

4

  Tony Crafter

34  

There was a young lady at sea...

5

  Richard Grantham

14  

Those that had benefitted you, I bet you then shafted to death.

5

  Joe Fathallah

14  

L'Internationale


RUDE:

What is better? Constipation or diarrhea? The voters liked the latter.

Jesse led from start to finish with a steadily increasing lead over Mey.

Two awards fro Jesse this month, earn him 12 for the year and 9th place on the All Time Table with 28 wins.


1

  Jesse Frankovich

60  

The symptoms of diarrhea = A hot shit sprayed from me!

2

  Mey Kraus

45  

The symptoms of constipation = It can postpone most of my shit!

3

  Chris Doyle

23  

Chlamydia, an STD = A lady's damn itch.

4

  David Bourke


AWARDMASTER'S AWARD FOR THE BEST ANAGRAM OF A NON-WINNING AUTHOR

There were several wothy contenders here, including Adrian who just missed out in General, JB's second in Entertainment, JJ Gertler who led in People's Names, Paul Pan's 4th place in the Challenge. After due consideration we agreed on JJ's witty anagram which reads so beautifully.

JJ Gertler with:
Famed terpsichorean Isadora Duncan =
Dame untied her scarf in a car and... oops!


Corrected Points for the Daniel F. Etter Memorial Award

Name

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Total

Meyran Kraus

61.83

69.65

68.60

92.51

69.03

91.24

76.85

106.10

635.81

Jesse Frankovich

51.89

56.79

53.83

49.46

50.02

39.41

39.57

71.65

412.62

Adrian Hickford

72.37

67.94

74.65

19.46

48.05

55.50

36.61

21.20

395.78

David Bourke

44.32

45.72

35.36

46.76

46.91

75.21

51.19

45.45

390.92

Toby Gottfried

28.13

30.42

46.79

44.31

54.16

33.79

50.52

40.68

328.80

Larry Brash

19.88

28.23

22.73

27.97

63.08

39.07

67.98

40.86

309.80

Richard Grantham

60.73

47.27

22.99

11.41

39.88

28.38

55.10

35.59

301.35

Tony Crafter

-

-

-

55.68

38.20

42.44

43.35

47.89

227.56

Jaybur

31.98

-

43.08

49.63

-

-

48.06

42.06

214.81

Chris Doyle

-

-

-

-

52.86

39.14

43.64

52.11

187.75

Scott Gardner

-

-

32.06

26.67

16.91

38.86

2.38

23.86

140.74

Paul Lusch

-

28.90

17.94

22.16

12.25

26.69

2.89

7.03

117.86

Hans-Peter Reich

26.55

13.62

14.17

4.95

10.04

-

22.88

11.98

104.19

View

20.84

25.52

11.60

17.47

13.63

2.23

1.34

8.94

101.57

Rick Rothstein

3.75

-

-

2.78

30.92

14.54

20.53

27.35

99.87

Allan Morley

35.94

9.83

10.69

13.51

-

8.02

-

16.45

94.44

Zoran Radisavlevic

6.64

8.00

12.18

18.95

11.02

7.00

9.04

10.83

83.66

Horrid Stretchy Pus

7.11

5.36

-

-

7.09

7.87

34.43

13.32

75.18

David A. Green

8.52

0.70

19.74

8.22

20.77

-

5.98

7.93

71.86

Joe Fathallah

-

7.83

24.55

13.80

5.16

3.99

-

8.41

63.74

Paul Pan

7.74

3.33

13.53

3.75

2.11

6.51

7.54

9.60

54.11

Alan Yoshioka

12.58

2.40

4.20

5.63

-

11.60

5.70

5.23

47.34

Richard Brodie

3.37

3.04

25.60

-

-

4.52

9.14

-

45.67

JJ Gertler

-

-

-

-

-

5.16

12.35

11.22

28.73


Thank you all for participating and voting in this months awards.


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Updated: May 10, 2016


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