Thursday, October 13, 2016

My Entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #540

I proudly present my entry in the New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest #540 for October 10, 2016. The drawing is by Will McPhail. 

"I want to try combination therapy."

Earlier today cartoon editor Bob Mankoff narrowed the field to his fourteen favorite captions. The first of these captions is the only one to use the word combination. I find it rather bland, but probably that's just sour grapes on my part. Let's face it: combination chemotherapy doesn't contract to combination therapy as well as I want to believe it does.

October 17, 2016 Update:  The Finalists

October 24, 2016 Update: I voted for the second caption.

October 28, 2016 Update:
The Rankings
The highest-ranked captions:

My caption ranked in the top 18% of captions:

The lowest-ranked captions:

October 31, 2016 Update: Winning Caption

Note:  Last week cartoonist Frank Cotham defied gravity. My caption defied logic. Go take a hike with Contest #539.

Look into the blog archives and take Will McPhail's pulse.



  1. I recently found your blog and I've enjoyed posts about the caption contest. I entered the one above with something like "Please turn your dial and cough." Well, there's always next time.

    1. I say that every week. Keep up the captioning, Raymond!