Tom Cheney's caption-contest cartoon. (Tom Cheney// The New Yorker)

After “years and years” of entering, Ebert says he has finally been picked as a finalist in The New Yorker’s Caption Contest.

“I am gobsmacked,” Ebert tells Comic Riffs.

The cartoon in question — by Tom Cheney — depicts a man and a woman clutching shopping bags, apparently lost in an “F” aisle in the middle of a stock desert scene.

Ebert’s submitted caption — one of the three finalists for Contest No. 281 — deftly plays off the “F” sign to read: “I’m not going to say the word I’m thinking of.”

(Readers can vote for their pick on the magazine’s site.)

Within hours of the thrill of making The New Yorker’s medals stand, however, Ebert tells ’Riffs: “However, one is never satisfied. After already entering their contest No. 282, I thought of a better entry.”

Folks at The New Yorker declined to comment on the selection of Ebert, except to say: Watch for the upcoming results on their site.