Cartoon Tomfoolery (#596)

You are invited to play this quick minor league-version of The New Yorker Caption Contest.

‘New Yorker’ drawing by Frank Cotham (contest 596)

Every week I enter the magazine’s contest, using it as a comic writing exercise. Below are five captions. Three are the magazine’s semifinal selections, one is the winner, and two are mine. See if you can guess which are which.

A.  “Thanks, but accepting gifts violates our code of ethics.”
B.  “Sure, I’ve got a few minutes to kill.”
C.  “C’mon, live a little.”
D.  “Drink up. You don’t need to worry about walking out of here.”
E.  “No thanks – I prefer spirits.”

This cartoon is the property of The New Yorker. I devour every issue of the magazine and consider it “must” reading for writers and those who appreciate good writing.

Answers:  B winner, A & D Duane’s captions, D Duane’s submission

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