Wednesday, July 10, 2013

The Answer and a New Question

Someday I will get the hang of this contest idea.  I keep trying new approaches.  I will quit eventually if it never works, but we all know that persistence is essential to fiction writing and mine is measurable close to, if not at the psychotic level.

In last week's contest--my third attempt--no one was able or cared enough to win a copy of Blood Tango by coming up with the PUNch line of a pretty bad joke.  Not even with hints and begging from yours truly.

The answer is:

....carp-to-carp walleting.

If you never saw the question, I won't tell you where to find it because you'll not only groan (as those in the know just did) , but you will hate me.  Not what I had in mind.  This pathetic behavior is actually my attempt to win friends by being amusing.

So the autographed copy of Blood Tango is still on offer to anyone who can identify the thing in this picture and write its name in the comments.  I wish us all luck.  I know I am going to need it.

PS: I took the picture myself!

Annamaria Alfieri


  1. Ah! Wall-to-wall… So the priest, the protestant minister and the rabbi go out in a boat fishing. The priest says to the minister… Wait, is that a dead armadillo?

  2. Ahem, is it a petrified pine cone after the winter snows have cleared in the woods around Barvikha Village near Moscow??? My talents at punning are puny....!!!! tjs

  3. LOL!!! Awesome pun. As far as the thing in the photo? Eesh. No clue. But I don't want to step on it in a darkened room.

  4. It's not a dead armadillo or pine cone. It is an animal and alive. Darkness is what it would prefer, but not the hallway outside your bedroom in the middle of the night, Susan. No worries there.

  5. Crimminee! That's Elijah Pepper, my client! I got him off in Schenectady Police Court on a trespass charge. Alas, he's back in the Park.

  6. If he is in the Park, it's a game park in Africa. HINT HINT!!

  7. Jeez! I never would have gotten that pun. Thanks for ending the suspense. I have no idea what's in the picture so I'll uses this week to rest up for your next contest.


  8. Pat, do continue with your pun series... everyone seems to enjoy it and it brings us all together in a little family... which, in this world we all need. tjs

  9. Hooorayyyyyy! The winner is Gloria Giordano. The creature is a pangolin, which I did not know existed I til I saw this one in a game park in South Africa. Gloria, send me your postal address and an autographed copy of Blood Tango will be on its way to you.

  10. Hooray for Gloria! Hey, AA, I just looked it up on Wikipedia and they said " the pangolin's scaled body is comparable to a pine cone!!!!" So, to be fair, since I guessed pine cone, I should get at least one page of your book!!! tjs

    1. Thelma, you can have a whole chapter. just go to my website and download it. All are welcome, whether they said pine cone or not.

  11. Grazie, Pat, been there , done that! Plus your pieces on Murder is Everywhere. And look forward to reading the whole book!! May your sales be equal to M.H. Clark's....!!!!! Thelma