April 27th, 2011
03:52 PM ET
A big thumbs up to Roger Ebert—the film critic has finally won the cartoon-caption contest in the New Yorker.
"I have entered the New Yorker’s cartoon caption contest almost weekly virtually since it began and have never even been a finalist," Ebert noted on his Chicago Sun-Times blog two years ago.
"It's not that I think my cartoon captions are better than anyone else's, although some weeks, understandably, I do," the film critic said. "It's that just once I want to see one of my damn captions in the magazine that publishes the best cartoons in the world. Is that too much to ask?"
No, it's not.
"To the delight of film fans, film criticism fans, caption contest fans, and Roger Ebert fans—and count me among all of the above—Mr. Ebert has finally fulfilled his quest to win the New Yorker caption contest," editor Robert Mankoff wrote in this week's issue.
The cartoon depicts a man and a woman who have been trekking through the desert with shopping bags, trying to find where they parked their car. The woman appears to be speaking to the man as they stand under a sign with a letter "F" on top.
"I'm not going to say the word I'm thinking of," Ebert wrote as her caption.
After congratulating Ebert, Mankoff clarified that he actually entered the contest 107 times before finally winning for cartoon No. 281. But, Mankoff added, "I see he has entered contest No. 282, so stay tuned."
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