The Week contest
This week’s question: A new study into the metabolic rates of ancient mollusks has discovered that the laziest species—those that expended as little energy as possible—were the most likely to survive for millions of years. If the researchers were to write a book extolling the benefits of acting like a sluggish clam or snail, what could it be titled?
Last week’s contest: Bettina Rodriguez Aguilera, a Florida congressional candidate, claims she was abducted by aliens as a child but doesn’t want to be defined by her extraterrestrial experience. If Rodriguez Aguilera were to write a memoir about her journey from alien abductee to political contender, what could it be titled?
THE WINNER: “From ‘Take Me’ to ‘Your Leader’” Joseph Maloney, Auburn, Calif.
SECOND PLACE: “Roswell That Ends Well” Kevin Nester, Elmhurst, Ill.
THIRD PLACE: “E.T., Pray, Gov” Laurel Rose, Pittsburgh
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 “Lazy clam” in the subject line. Entries are due by noon, Eastern Time, Tuesday, Sept. 11. Winners will appear on the Puzzle Page next issue and at theweek.com/puzzles on Friday, Sept. 14. In the case of identical or similar entries, the first one received gets credit. ■