Welcome back to the New York Magazine Competition. On alternate Mondays, we’ll lay out a challenge and offer a sample responses. Enter in the comments section, or on Twitter with the hashtag we’ve provided, and the editors will select a winner. Criteria are highly subjective, but heavily retweeted and favorited posts will have an advantage. The prize is a year’s subscription to New York in print or a two-year subscription to the iPad edition (winner’s choice). Full rules are here.
COMPETITION NO. 17: BIOGRAPHY IN A COUPLET. Please capture a well-known life in two rhymed lines. For example:
Andrew Cuomo polls pretty high.
Yet somehow, nobody likes the guy.
Nikola Tesla’s long-ago spark
Now gives tech brats cars to park.
Kim Kardashian: famous for what?
First for that video, then for her butt.
Enter in the comments below, or on Twitter with the hashtag #biographyinacouplet, by March 20.
RESULTS OF COMPETITION NO. 16: THE LOST LETTR, in which you were asked for a familiar name, title, or expression altered by the removal of an E.
Repeated answers: Dead/dad. Being/Bing. Feather/father. Fate/fat. Heat/hat. Fire/fir. Dream/dram. Games/gams. The Da Vinci Cod. 50 Shads of Grey. Man Girls. Braking Bad. And, curiously, a lot of first names: Guns n’ Ross, The New York Tims, “Walk on the Wild Sid,” The Magnificent Sven.
HONORABLE MENTION TO:
Ta with Mussolini
The Con Brothers
O beautiful, for spacious skis
Chariots of Fir
The Rim of the Ancient Mariner
The Human Gnome Project
Be Her Now
Last, But Not Last
The Syracuse Orang
For Your Yes Only
Fox News’s Roger Ails
The Dr Hunter
The Dom of the Rock
Dud, Where’s My Car?
Romo Must Die
He doesn’t have a car in the world.
Bruce Springsteen and the Street Band
Hell bent for lather
Dam Judi Dench
Hey Hey We’re the Monks
AND THE WINNER IS…