Sylvia Contest ResultsNovember 2, 2011
Okay, first of all: thanks to everyone who participated. There were not many of you, which obviously makes you all very special :) Special thanks to Skye for polling extra people, to the Cool Ballot Club (Tasha, Ted, Nell, HJ, Skye, and Lauren D., I think) for using the original coupon to submit their votes, and to Dylan for breaking a couple of ties at the very end.
Scoring the contest required putting together a list with the most popular artist for each numbered place. That looked like this:
As you can see, several artists ended up in multiple places, meaning one could get no more than eight places correct.
Scoring works like this: if your guess for first place corresponds with the most popular choice for that place, you get 12 points. For choosing the correct second place artist, you get 11 points. If you choose the artist most people chose for last place, you get one point. Theoretically the highest possible score is 78, but because of the duplicates, it’s actually 55. No one scored higher than 38. The lowest score was one. No one got zero. The average score was 20.5.
Now for the results. I believe that they are as awkward as it is possible for them to be. First of all, there’s a tie; two people got 38 points. Second, one of them is my brother. Third, one of them is one of the extra ballots Skye gathered.
So: Congratulations Ted! Congratulations Katie! Both of you are entitled to a book review by me, subject to the guidelines I laid down in the original post.
I hope everyone had fun–I certainly did, when I wasn’t stressing about my inability to get more votes. We should do this again sometime. Or, you know, something similar.