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Unread 10-29-2016, 12:43 AM
Aaron Poochigian Aaron Poochigian is offline
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Default And the Winners Are. . .

And the winners are:

For third place. . . (drum roll). . . “The Jitterbug”!

For second place. . . (drum roll). . . “Saturday Night in Kirriemuir”!!

And for first place. . . (drum roll, cymbal clash). . . “X”!!!

My congratulations to the winners!

. . . . .

My personal choices for the top three are:
1.) X
2.) Saturday Night in Kirriemuir
3.) Process of Elimination

I must say deciding on a personal third-place poem was difficult indeed—“Thirteen” and “The Jitterbug” were nipping at the heels of “Process of Elimination” until the very moment I went to press.

. . . . .

With these revelations, my role is finished, and I will now step off the stage.

My gratitude to all participants!
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Unread 10-29-2016, 03:07 AM
Alex Pepple Alex Pepple is offline
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Per our tradition, it's now time to declassify our Top-Secret Sonnet Bake-off and unveil the Who's Whos. But first, a big thank you to our Top Secret DG, for a most successful event, with a strong list of finalists. And thank you to all who submitted, and all the participants of the event. Congratulations to the winners as now revealed by our TSDG--

TOP THREE WINNERS of the 2016 Sonnet Bake-off are:

1. "X" by Julie Steiner
2. "Saturday Night in Kirriemuir" by Susan McLean
3. "The Jitterbug" by Elise Hempel

Congratulations to our WINNER Julie Steiner!

Coincidentally--since as the anonmyzer, I already knew the identities of all the finalists--without waiting for the voting process to even commence, I'd already asked our top-three sonneteers for their sonnets for Able Muse, print edition, given that they were the ones that had also appealed the most to me. (Still, if a different sonnet outside the above top-three had won, then as I'd promised in my follow-up contest's bonus announcement, I'd have also added it in the publication mix.). With that, my double congratulations for also achieving publication to Julie, Susan, and Elise!

Next, here are the remaining finalists in alphabetic order (and the TSDG may want to edit the result post to list all the ten finalists with the point tally for each given that it's my experience that most members, especially the finalists, want to know where they placed in the top ten):

4. "Desilu" by Simon Hunt
5. "Fourth Dimension" by Tim Murphy
6. "Garden Sonnet" by Mark Mcdonnell
7. "Hundreds of Corks" by Claudia Gary
8. "Process of Elimination" by Joshua Coben
9. "Shall I Compare Thee to a Winter’s Day" by Wesli Court (a pseudonym for Lewis Turco)
10. "Thirteen" by David Danoff

Congratulations and thank you to all!

Finally, who is our expert sonneteer aka Top Secret DG? Check the TSDG's posts, where the username should be, by now, decoded and declassified!

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Unread 10-29-2016, 03:57 AM
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Wonderful news!

Massive congratulations to Julie for winning this fun event - X got my vote for 1st place - and well done to Susan and Elise, indeed ALL of the finalists.

Many thanks to Aaron for taking on the job (I never guessed it was you!). But I was right when I said I thought the DG was young(ish) and American. (I forgot to say ''and probably handsome" )

Finally, thanks to Alex for putting on the Bake-Off for us all. It was a big success.

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Unread 10-29-2016, 04:46 AM
Aaron Poochigian Aaron Poochigian is offline
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Jayne, I will take "probably handsome" any day. I was impressed with Simon Hunt's dead-on identification of me as "a Weirdo." I confess to subterfuge in that I peppered the DG's language with British idiom ("queue," "Hol," "the Americans," etc.) for a linguistic "Zersetzung" effect--did I use them convincingly?

Yup, though I'm a incorrigible Anglophiliac, there ain't no denyin' I was a gun-totin', "Don't-Tread-On-Me" 'Merican even in ma mama's womb. Darn-tootin'. So liberating to be able to speak like myself again.
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Unread 10-29-2016, 06:01 AM
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Congratulations to Julie, Susan and Elise!

I also got a huge kick out of the yearly visit of Miss Jennifer Gordon and her hilarious comments!
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Unread 10-29-2016, 06:29 AM
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Kudos to all, and many thanks to Aaron and Alex for running this.
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Unread 10-29-2016, 09:41 AM
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[nonindex][/noindex]The drama... the intrigue... the suspense... the sniping... Another thrilling episode of the Spherian Bake-Off with a wonderful selection of winners!! Major kudos, Julie!! And kudos to all the winners. Loved your acting, Aaron. Way to administrate, Alex.
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Unread 10-29-2016, 10:06 AM
Aaron Poochigian Aaron Poochigian is offline
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Here is the tally:

1.) X 65.5
2.) Saturday Night in Kirriemuir 52
3.) The Jitterbug 25.5
4.) Process of Elimination 24
5.) Desilu 16
6.) Garden Sonnet 15
7.)/8.) Thirteen 12/Fourth Dimension 12
9.) Hundreds of Corks 10
10.) Shall I Compare Thee to a Winterís Day? 1
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Unread 10-29-2016, 10:27 AM
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Well done, Aaron, and congrats to everyone.

It's fun to see how (in)correct my suppositions were on authorship. Susan fooled me, though now I see the marks of her fine craft. I figured out Elise from her grace. Julie I knew. I was hopelessly off track on Joshua, which makes sense since this is the first I've heard of him, but I'm glad I have.

So congrats, bis!
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Unread 10-29-2016, 11:00 AM
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Thanks, Aaron (I figured out it was you in the middle of the process...) and Alex. Congratulations, Julie on the coveted double--and Susan who would have had a double but for Julie! And to the bronze medalists. Congratulations, all, in fact. I remembered Mark as the author of the garden poem, recognized Tim of course, and knew I had submitted "Desilu"--but had no clue on the others. I remembered reading "X" but not its author... Thanks to everybody for an enjoyable event, especially those who commented on or voted for my poem. 5th place, yo!
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