Marhofn 171.09 - May 2007

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The Bill Drummond Challenge

Competition - Puzzle - Prizes - Excitement

Bill Drummond's main claim to fame is for topping the charts with the KLF and then burning a million pounds, a feat unlikely to be repeated. Bill is not a member of the Marilyn Hall of Fame, but if he were then he would score 11 points for being paired with Drummond Hill, his lexical pair: one point per matching letter (11), less one for a non-matching hill letter (H), plus one point for a complete word match. In contrast, Peter Drummond scores a mere 5. Like Bill he scores 9 for Drummond but then loses 4 for Hill. So Peter can't beat Bill. Nor can Barry Venison, who scores 6 points with Ben Nevis. But Barry isn't in the Hall. Bert Barnett comes close to Bill with 10 points for Ben Tarbert, scoring with every hill letter. However, Ben Tarbert is not a Marilyn so doesn't count, while Cruach Tairbeirt gets him only -1. Bad luck Bert. Anne Bunn sounds like An Dun but it scores her only 4: one each for A, N, U, N, less 1 for D, plus one point for having 'An' in her name. She's better off being paired with Bennan, which scores her 6.

Kenmore from Drummond Hill (photo: Alan Dawson)

Kenmore from Drummond Hill (photo: Alan Dawson)

If all that makes any sense then you are ready for the Bill Drummond Challenge. To enter, use you skill and judgement to list ten Hall of Fame members and their score, like this:

Celia Turner Turner Cleuch Law6
Graham Illing A'Chralaig5
Rod Munro Sithean Bhealaich Chumhaing-19

You should also give your own score, which will be used as a tie-breaker if necessary. You don't have to find someone who can beat Bill, as it may not be possible. Nor do you have to get the maximum possible score - just more than anyone else. Rules:

If you can't be bothered to enter, you can still have hours of fun trying to work out your own highest-scoring lexical pair. There is a possible bonus prize for anyone who can beat Bill, and a booby prize for anyone whose own best score is less than one. What more could you want?

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