Another bridesmaid bites the dust. Last month, it was our old pal Jennifer Hart. This month, Jeffrey A. Miller of Brookeville, Md., ends three years of close-but-no-cigar. Jeff walked off with first prize in our May neologism contest with one of the best entries we've ever received.
The May challenge that attracted more than 3,000 think-up-a-word entries was:
You walk into an appliance store to buy a TV set. About 50 models are all on, and all are tuned to the same channel. Everywhere you look, you see the same newscaster, followed by the same commercials, followed by the same sportscaster. This multiple mirror-image phenomenon is called . . . .
Jeff's winning entry: Simultuneity.
This was the perfect marriage of "simultaneity" and "tuning," I thought. It was so perfect that I set Jeff's entry aside as soon as I looked at it. I was that sure that it had roses written all over it.
Robert Gelman of Silver Spring submitted the same entry two days later, and it looked rosy then too. However, under our rules, Jeff won the free lunch (at the Market Inn in Southwest). Robert gets to listen to the lecture I regularly aim at those who tie for first: Please mail earlier next time.
Jeffrey Miller is an engineer and a computer management specialist for Martin Marietta Corp. He is hard at work on a new air traffic control system for the nation's airports. (Please hurry, Jeff!) Beside word contests, his hobbies are road-rallying and bridge-playing.
This is the second time in the last few months that Jeff has leapt from also-ran to winner's circle. Last winter, he captured a contest run by Bob Ryan, WRC-TV's weatherman. Bob offered a free golden snow shovel to the Washingtonian who correctly predicted the date of our first snow. Jeff was the man, after coming very close the previous couple of years. Snow, neologisms . . . . when you're hot, you're hot. Congratulations!
These entries were nearly hot enough:
Pluraliteevee: Molly Griffith of Alexandria.
T.V.O.D.: Brian DeAtley of Falls Church and I.D. Foley of Silver Spring.
Schizoscreenia: Former champ Miles Klein of Asbury Park, N.J., and Kristine Faria of Alexandria.
Booblebath: Judith Mangubat of Cheverly.
Tubal Legation: Judith Lawlor Cohen of Chevy Chase and Neil Shawen of Falls Church.
Yaksimiles: Anna L. Patrick of Alexandria.
Videosynchrasy: Carole S. Lyons of Arlington first, dozens more soon after.
Boobtopia: Tiffany Tinder of Manassas.
Boob-onic Plague: Barry Talsky of Bowie.
Tubes Tied: Donna Dickinson of Oakton.
Multiplistation: Brent Anderson of Hamilton, Va., Jan Irwin of Crofton and Barb Cantor of St. Leonard, Md.
Seturation: Yvonne and Peter Pover of Arlington.
RedundanT-V: The team of Marcye Spector of Pikesville, Md., and Karen Van Schaack of Columbia.
Massed Wasteland: Karen Benson of Falls Church.
Circus City: Marian Parker of Northeast.
Blatant Setsism: Betty Hafner of Rockville.
Box Populi: Rosemary Lacombe of Alexandria.
Corneaucopia: David Morse of Silver Spring.
Juxstavision: Lisa Kahana of Alexandria.
Extrasetsory Reception: Kristine C. Ecker of Laurel.
Eyesometrics: Jeff and Cele Covel of Arlington.
Tubeplicity: David Resek of Potomac and Bob Lerch of Bowie.
Boobfuscation: Enid M. France of Alexandria.
Liposynction: Mary McFadden of Silver Spring.
Syncopiction: Carol J. Boltz of Arlington.
InfiniTV: Carla Ward-Ahmad of Arlington.
Manycam: Bob Raikes of Winchester, Va.
Unisony: Peggy Morrissette of Brandywine.
Simulcrass: Richard J. Taibi of Temple Hills.
Kalottascope: Bobbie Liegus of Alexandria.
And Tubiquity: Former champ Judy Stainer of Columbia and many-time near-champ Sandra Hull of Alexandria.
A lovely performance, as always. Up for another? Let's give this one a go for June:
You're driving on the outer loop of the Beltway at rush hour. Incredibly, no tractor-trailer has jackknifed this morning, so you're sailing along at 55 (or better). But the inner loop is dead-stopped for miles by something or other. That feeling of superiority you get as you zip past your frustrated, stalled fellow commuters is called . . . .
First prize is as sure as Beltway traffic: a free lunch at a restaurant of the winner's choice in the Washington area, with Levey along for the ride.
Rules: You may enter as often as you like, on one piece of paper or many. Each piece of paper must bear a daytime and evening phone number. All entries become my property. Entries will not be accepted by phone or returned. In case of duplicate entries, the one postmarked earliest wins.
Please mail entries to Bob Levey, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. 20071. Entries for the June contest must be received by June 29.