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Dec-10-2007 00:33

Yeah, the limerick sure is an art form. Is it YOUR art form? Show us!

Yes, it's the Sleuth Limerick contest. Let's get all the icky rule stuff out of the way.

* Limerick should be about Sleuth Noir OR a murder mystery OR about a detective or crime.

* You can put in as many entries as you like :)

* Entries must follow standard limerick rhythm and rhyming patterns (see example below)

* Limericks are usually, historically speaking, vulgar. Let's not go that route in this contest, thanks.

* Spelling counts, etc. As always.

* Entries must be posted by 11:59 PM server time on December 31, 2007

There are prizes to be had!! Happy, happy prizes, all waiting for YOU, yes, YOU! to win them.

* Subscribed winner(s) will receive Sleuthcash. Yay, sleuthcash! Who wants to be a millionaire? YOU DO! (okay, just for the record, I'm not giving away a million dollars in Sleuthcash - more like $100,000)
* Unsubscribed winner(s) will receive a one month gift subscription and $50,000 Sleuthcash. WOOT!


This example was written by that famous author, Anonymous. Okay, fine, I wrote it. :-P

There once was a tough but smart chump
Whose client was charmingly plump,
He tracked down the killer -
T'was Thomas, the miller!
Thus breaking his false accuse slump.

If you need more information about the rhythm, try this (ripped right from Wikipedia): "There WAS a young MAN from the COAST;" "There ONCE was a GIRL from DeTROIT..."

Basically, syllable-wise, 8,8,6,6,8 with a rhyme scheme of A,A,B,B,A


Tana Danat
Tana Danat
Freedom Fighter

Jan-2-2008 15:54

There once was a Sleuth named Squirrel
And when he failed a hunt would hurl
But what is sad,
And yes this is bad
He gave people nuts, to try and get the girl

Battered Shoe

Jan-8-2008 20:11

There once was a contest in Noir
The entries both fun and bizarre.
While waiting for the judge
The thread was given a nudge,
And this gal awaited the results at the bar.

Sleuth About Town

Jan-9-2008 14:53

We all sat nervously waiting,
For the judges to do all their grading,
Their choices I trust,
And a drink is a must,
So I think I'm gonna join Laura Vo at the pub, and maybe sing a couple of limericks that weren't fit for print. ;-D


Jan-9-2008 23:18

I sat, drink in hand
With my back to the band
Laura and Brick did converse
In lewd, lyrical verse
And the whole thing turned out to be grand


Jan-10-2008 09:23

So, FINALLY.... although I really hate to break up the lewd-limerick-sing-a-long!

First of all, congratulations and thank you to everyone who entered, once again putting their wits, imagination, and talent to work!

First place went to Stooby (and poor Fred)! Yay, Stooby :)

Second and Third place went to our second place tie (they get to argue over who is second and who is third, but no extra points for arguing in verse). So, Phoenix Shadow (the kissing detective!) and Brick84 (who needs to wash his dishes) can slug it out. I'll make popcorn.

Honourable Mention: Once again, Y'all Can Call Me Bucky made us laugh with his down-home, philosophical look at life and livestock and hats. Congrats, Bucky, and say hi to Missy and the kids for us. :-)

Honourable Mention: To Mister Bushytail Squirrelpants, who shall henceforth be known as "He Who Makes Judges Snarf Beverages All Over Their Screens And Keyboards". Yeah, it wasn't just me this time - you'll be getting cleaning bills from the other judges, too.

And a huge thank you to the "Absolutely Fabulous" Cordelia Falco, and "Miss Fly Me To The Moon" Ima Vagabond!!

Recap without all the chatter:

1 - Stooby
2/3 - Phoenix Shadow and Brick84

Hon. Mentions - Bucky and SS

Judges - Cordelia Falco, Ima Vagabond, moi

Again, congratulations to the winners!! Go, you!!


Jan-10-2008 13:20

My accpetance speech as follows.... I blame it all on the writers strike I hear they are having in the land of those states that united and threw our tea into the sea.... (remember to insert sobs at appropriate points...)

I would like to thank the great Radio 2 breakfast show with Sir Wogan and the Deadly voice of the balls for all the chatter that makes me giggle about the sheds.

I would liek to say a big na na na na na to Greebo who gave me a funny look when I read that out to her...

And a big ta muchly to all the entrants. Along with the Once Upon a Noir contest this was my favourite to enter and to read. What a tallented bunch everyone is... can anyone who's good at the more lewd limeriks now stick a few up to make us giggle :-)

Pinball Amateur

Jan-10-2008 13:25

Congratulations, guys!! And great job to all the writers!! You all did a fantastic job!!

(Squirrel, you owe me some dry-cleaning money too, by the way. ;-)

Phoenix Shadow
Phoenix Shadow
Sleuth About Town

Jan-10-2008 14:49

Nice job Stooby! Congrats!

Really enjoyed reading all the entries for this one :)

Violet Parr
Violet Parr

Jan-10-2008 15:14

Heartfelt congrats to Mr. Stooby on a job well done!

...and the deepest gratitude must also go to our dearest Anikka who keeps the adrenaline flowing with her exciting contests -and for double-teaming the Sleuth Savior Game with me!

Safety Officer

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