"And, if you elect me, all Americans will be able to choose soup and salad!"The win advances New York to within two points of front-runner California, so way to go, "LaMassapequa"!
Peter LaMassa (Massapequa Park, NY)
In Caption Contest 165 (Mick Stevens's disbursement of royal monies to the people), the nominees are
"Looks like another ye olde stimulus package."My loser:
John Burke (Park Ridge, IL)
"Things haven't been the same since we began electing our kings."
Jay Mackro (San Juan Capistrano, CA)
"After seven hundred billion for the nobles, it was the least we could do."
Rich Brown (Tampa, FL)
"The Royal Tax Collectors will arrive in five minutes."
The winner of Anti-Caption Contest 165 is
"It's too expensive to dump boiling oil on rioters these days, so we had to switch to these counterfeit bills covered in poison. This actually works better, because they don't drop dead until they're back home, so we don't even have to clean up the bodies."My loser:
"If you think this is an analogy for government giveaways, try this one: Tina Fey is to Sarah Palin as Charlie Chaplin is to Adolf Hitler. Whaddaya think? Does the proverbial shoe fit?"
The winner of Anti-Caption Contest 166 (Farley Katz's mummified couple in bed) is
(series of rapid blinks while thinking: "why does no one learn Morse code any more?")My losers:
"Oh crap--now he's lighting a match!"
"I say, dear heart, wouldn't you concur that clean toilet paper would be far more preferable under these circumstances?"
Caption Contest 167 is here. Anti-Caption Contest 167 is here.
Here is the current New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest breakdown by state. You can find it all mapped out here.
29 CaliforniaMap Introduction
27 New York (23 from the Big Apple)
13 New Jersey
9 Virginia (four from NOVA, two from Richmond, one from Charlottesville, one from Newport News, one from Roanoke)
6 Illinois (five from Chicago—two captions by Lawrence Wood, two drawings by Leo Cullum)
5 Connecticut (two from New Haven, three not)
5 North Carolina (two from Charlotte)
5 Texas (three from Houston)
4 Arizona (two from Tucson)
4 Georgia (includes two-time winner Carl Gables)
4 Maryland (none named Mary)
3 Minnesota (Minneapolis 2, St. Paul 1)
2 District of Columbia
2 New Hampshire
2 Oregon (both named Eric, both from Portland)
2 Rhode Island
1 Louisiana (New Orleans)
1 New Mexico
Thanks to Andriy Bidochko for Map Builder.
Satirical "Eustace K. Tilley" illustration realized by Deborah Grumet from concept by David Marc Fischer