Commonwealth contest instructions!

Ready to see if you’ll win a Flip Mino HD camcorder? Then let’s get to it.You could win this! Cool!

  1. Read all these instructions carefully before proceeding.
  2. You have five answers from the magazine. Take the first letter of each.
  3. Give those letters a numeric value using the traditional A=1, B=2, etc.
  4. You now have five numbers. Add the first four.
  5. Take that number and subtract the page number last month’s contest appeared on.
  6. Of that number and the last of your five original numbers, take the smaller of the two.
  7. Turn to that page in the magazine.
  8. In the main text (i.e., not the boxes), write down the first italicized word.
  9. Take the middle letter of that word.
  10. Take its numeric value (again, A=1, etc.).
  11. Double it.
  12. Note what letter has that value. (I.e., if you end up with 5, the letter is "E.")
  13. Turn to the masthead on page 1 of the magazine.
  14. Only one person on the masthead has a last name that begins with that letter. Write down all of this person’s designations (e.g., CAE, GRI, whatever) without punctuation.
  15. Add the numeric value of each of those letters.
  16. Take the square root of that number.
  17. Ignore the previous instructions.
  18. Curse yourself if you didn’t read all these instructions first.
  19. Turn to the back cover of the magazine.
  20. Note the person wearing a name badge in the photo.
  21. E-mail that person’s name to the editor of the magazine.

We will take all entries received by 11:59 PM tonight, June 30, 2009, and randomly draw one winner of the Flip Mino HD camcorder.

Good luck!

About Andrew Kantor

Andrew is VAR's editor and information manager, and -- lessee now -- a former reporter for the Roanoke Times, former technology columnist for USA Today, and a former magazine editor for a bunch of places. He hails from New York with stops in Connecticut, New Jersey, Cincinnati, Columbus, and Roanoke.
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