The Week Contest
This week’s question: Astrophysicists are trying to identify the source of mysterious radio signals that are being emitted at regular intervals from a galaxy 500 million light-years away. In seven words or fewer, please come up with the important message that an alien civilization far, far away might be trying to send us.
Last week’s contest: Scientists have discovered a rare and remarkably sedentary species of olm—a cave-dwelling salamander—that can live into its hundreds and typically moves less than 32 feet a decade; one stayed in the same spot for seven years. Please come up with the title of a self-help book touting the health benefits of taking life as slow as an olm.
THE WINNER: “Keep Olm and Carry On and On and On…” Laurel Wroten, Petaluma, Calif.
SECOND PLACE: “Eat, Love, Stay” Lisa Smith, Dublin, Ohio
THIRD PLACE: “Seven Year Inch” Claude Paumier, Louisville, Ohio
For runners-up and complete contest rules, please go to theweek.com/contest.
How to enter: Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, address, and daytime telephone number for verification; this week, type “Alien message” in the subject line. Entries are due by noon, Eastern Time, Tuesday, March 3. Winners will appear on the Puzzle Page next issue and at theweek.com/puzzles on Friday, March 6. In the case of identical or similar entries, the first one received gets credit.