"I'm just curious—what's your excuse?"I believe that makes him the first three-time winner of the weekly competition!
The nominees in Caption Contest 194 (Leo Collum's slick businessman addressing man crawling through desert) are:
"First, we discuss my percentage of any water you find, real or imagined."My loser:
Jeff Joseph (Melville, NY)
"Just so we're straight, this is a billable mirage."
Brooks Heintzelman (Wilmington, NC)
"Impressive audition, but we're going with the camel."
Benjamin Levy (Palm Springs, FL)
"I am Godot's executor. Sorry to have kept you waiting."
And the Anti-Caption Contest is, alas, going through a[n anti-]crisis....
Caption Contest 196 is here.
UPDATE Anti-Caption Contest 196 is here.
Here is the current New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest breakdown by state. You can find it all (almost) mapped out here.
32 CaliforniaMap Introduction
31 New York (27 from the Big Apple, where Lynn Tudor has won twice)
14 New Jersey
12 Virginia (six from NOVA, two from Richmond, one from Charlottesville, one from Newport News, one from Roanoke, one from Stanardsville)
10 Illinois (eight from Chicago, three captions by Lawrence Wood, two drawings by Leo Cullum)
6 Connecticut (two from New Haven, four not)
6 North Carolina (two from Charlotte)
6 Texas (three from Houston, one from Austin)
5 Maryland (none named Mary)
4 Arizona (two from Tucson)
4 Georgia (includes two-time winner Carl Gables)
3 Minnesota (Minneapolis 2, St. Paul 1)
3 Rhode Island
2 District of Columbia
2 Nevada (Las Vegas 1, Zephyr Cove 1)
2 New Hampshire
2 Oregon (both named Eric, both from Portland)
1 Louisiana (New Orleans)
1 New Mexico
Thanks to Andriy Bidochko for Map Builder.
Parodic The Gothamer illustration realized by Deborah Grumet from concept by David Marc Fischer