This week’s question: An exasperated mother in China suffered a heart attack after repeatedly—and unsuccessfully—attempting to help her 9-year-old understand his math homework; she was rushed to the hospital and subsequently recovered. Please come up with a medical term to describe a homework-induced health crisis that a parent might suffer.
Last week’s contest: Scientists have identified the world’s loudest bird: the male white bellbird of the Amazon rain forest, which has a squawk as loud as a pile driver. In its mating ritual, the male bellbird shouts its thunderous song directly into the face of a female. If there were a book about the bellbird’s dating strategy, what could it be titled?
THE WINNER: “You Had Me at Bellow” Linda Manuel, Stockton, N.J.
SECOND PLACE: “Love Hertz” Nicole Barens, San Francisco
THIRD PLACE: “You Make Me Want to Shout” Ujjal Kohli, Saratoga, Calif.
For runners-up and complete contest rules, please go to theweek.com/contest.
How to enter: Submissions should be emailed to email@example.com. Please include your name, address, and daytime telephone number for verification; this week, type “Homework pain” in the subject line. Entries are due by noon, Eastern Time, Tuesday, Nov. 19. Winners will appear on the Puzzle Page next issue and at theweek.com/puzzles on Friday, Nov. 22. In the case of identical or similar entries, the first one received gets credit.