February 09, 2009

Clerihew contest!

One of the crosswords I did today reminded me of the existence of the clerihew, a four-line humorous verse form used to say something whimsical about someone famous, in rhyming couplets. That person's name usually ends the first or second line, and the point is not to be satirical or mean. Here's one of the earliest ones penned by Edmund Clerihew Bentley:

Sir Humphrey Davy
Abominated gravy.
He lived in the odium
Of having discovered sodium.

Whoever submits the best clerihew about a crosswordese person (as judged by me) will win a shiny new crossword book. I could choose one of my favorites for you, or you could select one that's available via Amazon and costs about $10. Deadline: Thursday, February 12, noon Central.