This week's question: Rock-guitar virtuoso Steve Vai needed finger surgery because he held the same complex chord for 20 minutes during a practice session. "I had to put my thumb in this really weird position," explained Vai, 60. Please come up with a medical term to describe an injury suffered while pushing rock guitar to its physical limits.

Click here to see the results of last week's contest: Score shots


THE WINNER: "Uncomfortably numb thumb"
Annie Reinertsen, Marquette, Michigan

SECOND PLACE: Purple sprain
Katia Martha, Mill Valley, California

THIRD PLACE: "Metallicarpal tunnel syndrome"
Norm Carrier, Flat Rock, North Carolina


"Les Paulsy"
Ken Liebman, Williston, Vermont

"Pinched Nirvana"
Stephen Beebe, Los Altos Hills, California

John Parry, Eldersburg, Maryland

"Jerry Gar-seizure"
Elliot Chikofsky, Burlington, Massachussets

Ken Kellam III, Dallas

"Crazy strain"
Doug Lindberg, Bradenton, Florida

"Purple pain"
Kathleen Kelly, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

"Capo tunnel syndrome"
Rick Torrence, The Village, Oklahoma

"Van ailin'"
Morgan Goulet, East Greenwich, Rhode Island

"Twisted wrister"
Kenneth Burgan, Grass Valley, California

"Really Badfinger"
Joe Ayella, Wayne, Pennsylvania

Tim Mistele, Coral Gables, Florida

"Fender bender"
Bill Levine, Belmont, Massachussets

David Robak, Neenah, Wisconsin