The winner wasn't even Roger Firestone's favorite. "Oh, that one," said Roger, who had submitted four entries. "I thought surely you'd like Inviewmanity."
I did, but not nearly as much as I liked See-No-Matography. In fact, I didn't like any entry as much as I liked See-No-Matography. Which made Roger Firestone of Oakton the winner of our June neologism contest.
The challenge that Roger faced (and that approximately 2,000 readers answered) was:
You're a normal-sized person who has decided to go to the movies on a Saturday night. You get there 20 minutes before showtime so you can get a good seat. The theater fills up slowly but surely. Just as the lights are dimming, some hulk who's about 6 feet 10 takes the last free seat in the whole place -- which happens to be right in front of you. This phenomenon is called . . . .
Roger's answer nosed out a similar one from Charles Ebbets and Diane Ritchie of Warrenton. They submitted Seenomoretography -- but they submitted it two weeks after Roger. To Charles and Diane, condolences. Hope you'll try again -- and try again sooner.
Our winner is a busy, multitalented fellow. In addition to working as a computer whiz for a Beltway Banditry, Roger plays the flute and piccolo for fun. He also acts, and is in rehearsal right now for an August production of "Fiorello." Meanwhile, he is still trying to unpack after moving here just a few months ago from Philadelphia.
Congratulations to our new Washingtonian and new winner. Ditto to these Almosts and Nearlies:
La Tete Offensive: Judy Doctor of Rockville and Christopher Buja of Arlington.
Vertical Blind: Jill Duryea of Fairfax.
Deflected Short Subjects: Allen G. Kornmann of Wheaton.
Bulk Male-ing: Anne S. Rowan of Northwest.
Feature Detraction: Capt. J. B. Ferguson of Annapolis.
Flickerblocker: Monroe Feldman of Silver Spring.
Late Ruindezview: Anne Underwood of Arlington.
Colossus of Rows: Carol Keith of Sterling.
Obstruction of Just-Us: Ted Halverson of Gaithersburg and Scott Sheffield.
The Lost Picture Show: Bill Offutt of McLean and Scott Rheingrover.
Cinemahography: Jeanne Knight-Faske of Chantilly, John J. Crowley of Falls Church, Elise Chapman of Silver Spring, Herb Tiedemann of Bartlesville, Okla., Michael Brown of Arlington, Fran Spaeder and the same Scott Sheffield you met about two inches ago.
Total Flickclipse: Judy Mensinger of Falls Church.
Heightmare: Rich and Bes Stewart of Dabneys, Va., and Robert Kassabian of Bowie.
Theater of the Obscured: Mark Knell of Springfield, Judy Hatfield of Unionville, Md., and Sharon Kass.
Gross Neckligence: Martina Fowler of Upper Marlboro.
Weathering Heights: Mitchell I. Alkon and Sally R. Schiller of Silver Spring.
Eye-Full Tower: Alix Koromzay of Northwest, Mark Ash of Arlington and Jim Hartman of Laurel.
Dark at the Top of the Hairs: Ruth P. Bloom of Bethesda.
Late Mass: Mason T. Charak of Bethesda.
Tootallitarianism: James M. McCracken of Gaithersburg.
De-Seat-Full: Sue A. Warek of Northwest.
Cinema Veritall: Doug Apostol of Alexandria.
Major Motion Fixture: Crystal Cole of Greenbelt.
Peersirveering: Susan Lane of Columbia.
Lost Horizon: Al Toner of Arlington.
Himmovable Slobject: Terrie Powelson of Rockville.
And Impheadiment: Chuck Miller of Burke.
On we march, to the midsummer challenge. It deals with that ever-fascinating topic, romance.
The modern single woman knows she shouldn't do it, but it's hard to avoid. She meets a man she likes, and might like to get to know better. She gives him her phone number. He says he'll call. He doesn't. And doesn't. But maybe tonight he will! So Our Heroine kills another evening by the phone, waiting for it to ring. This phenomenon is called . . . .
No such torture awaits the winner of the midsummer challenge. He or she will receive a call from Levey, followed by a free lunch, with Levey in tow, at a restaurant of the winner's choice, in Washington or nearby.
The rules are the same as always: You may enter as often as you like, on one piece of paper or many. Entries will not be returned or accepted by phone. And please put a daytime and evening phone number on each piece of paper you submit.
The midsummer contest will run longer than usual, because so many of us are vacationing, or are about to. Entries should be postmarked by Aug. 31. The address is Bob Levey, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C., 20071.