Cartoon Tomfoolery (#643)

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

‘New Yorker’ drawing by Mort Gerberg (contest 643)

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.  “Could I ask someone to retrieve the mouthguard from the soundboard?”
B.  “And now – I’ve got an old score to settle.”
C.  “Thank you. I will next put on a straitjacket and play the harp.”
D.  “My next piece may sound a little bit like the last one.”
E.  “We’ll have a brief intermission while I make a pretty big career decision.”

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 & C Duane’s captions, A Duane’s submission

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