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Hillary Clinton memoir titles — Loop contest winners

Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton at the Pentagon on Feb. 14 (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

So now it’s time to announce far more important contest winners — the five best entries in the In the Loop “Title Hillary’s Memoirs” contest.

The former secretary of state said in January that she will pen a memoir, and we had asked Loop Fans to help her with a title.

A large percentage of the hundreds of entries came from overseas — probably reflecting Clinton’s global footprint.

In addition, hundreds of entries came via Twitter from France (fortunately 99 percent in English) after our pal Laurence Haim, the Canal Plus Television U.S. bureau chief, tweeted the contest to her followers. (She forwarded a bunch to us.)

And now, the winners:

* “The Scrunchie Chronicles: 112 Countries and It’s Still All About My Hair” — Submitted by Stephanie Whittaker, who heads marketing for a large consulting firm in London.

* “If It’s 3 a.m., The Machine Can Get It” — Submitted by Kevin Dopart, a federal contractor in Washington. He also submitted “Bossypantsuit.”

* “Hard Times, Soft Power” — submitted by Alfred Friendly Jr., a retired editor in Washington. He’s a former reporter with Newsweek and the New York Times.

* “Miles to Go” — submitted by Jane Woodfin, a retired former Senate (Joe Biden) staffer from McLean, Va. (She noted that, much like Joe Biden’s memoir, “Promises to Keep,” the title implies there’s more to come.)

* “Stuck With The Bill” — submitted by Steve Bienstock, a lawyer in Rockville.

And there are two winners from the French entrants:

* “Dame de Guerre” or “Lady of War,” which is an odd title for a diplomat, but it sounds really good if you say it in French. — Apparently submitted by a woman in Paris, identified on twitter as @nasnacera.

* “It Takes A World” — suggested by Fabienne Sintes, a correspondent here for Radio France, taking off on Clinton’s best-seller, “It Takes a Village.”

Congrats to the winners. (We know book titles are often not easy to come up with.) Thanks to our judges — Washington Post Fact-Checker Glenn Kessler, Outlook editor Carlos Lozada and editor-at-large Ann Gerhart for their fine efforts. And thanks to all for entering.

Al Kamen, an award-winning columnist on the national staff of The Washington Post, created the “In the Loop” column in 1993.


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