Commonwealth contest instructions!

This was supposed to go up tomorrow, as noted earlier, but I was able to get it up today. So I extended the deadline for a day so everyone gets a chance to enter.

I will put all the correct entries that are received on time in the drawing — not just the first 20.

Finally, this isn’t a trick set of instructions like last time. :-)


  1. As you may have noticed, all the answers are two words (or a hyphenated word).
  2. Write down the first letters of each pair, so you have five pairs of letters — i.e., if one answer was “Andrew Kantor,” you would write “AK.”
  3. For each of the 10 letters you have, get the numerical value (A=1, B=2, etc.).
  4. For each of the five pairs, write down the difference in values. For example, if you had “AK” as the first pair, that would be 1 (A) and 11 (K) — the difference would be 10.
  5. You’ll end up with, of course, five numbers.
  6. Take the largest of those five, and turn to that page in the magazine.
  7. There are a group of images on that page. Take the second-largest of your five numbers, and count that many images (starting at the top, working left to right, of course).

What’s the caption under that image? Be exact and complete to qualify for the drawing.

You have until 11:59 PM, Wednesday, August 12, 2009 to send your answer to the magazine’s editor by e-mail, mail, fax, carrier pigeon, whatever. But it must be received by that time.

Good luck.

PS: If you think these things are silly or annoying, that’s fine. You don’t have to tell me; just don’t enter. Seems pretty obvious, huh?

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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One Response to Commonwealth contest instructions!

  1. Folks, if you post your answer here, you’re giving it away to everyone else. So please don’t. Send it to the magazine’s editor (that’s me).

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