174:2: VALID +1.55

From: Glenn Overby II (guardcaptain_at_earthlink.net)
Date: Sun Jan 06 2002 - 17:28:10 PST

Thank you, Wizard Stephen, for the forward.  It appears that 174:2 was not the
only correspondence lost from Friday; I'm still trying to work out what happened.

>Sebastian, Jenny's boyfriend, is unloading his blue electric cello from
>the village's sole motorcar, an aging Ford van, behind the makeshift
>stage that currently blocks off Fantasy's only street.  He hums a few
>bars of "Auld Lang Syne" to himself as he thinks with pleasant
>anticipation of kissing Jenny at midnight.
>All fantasy rules will call attention to the tiny size of the village of
>Fantasy by noting how few of something they have. (e.g. two lampposts,
>one street, one motorcar)  In addition, each future fantasy rule will
>indicate a set of exactly two people who plan to kiss each other
>exclusively, at midnight, and midnight will not arrive until each
>villager has a kissing partner.
>Jonathan Van Matre
>Rule Date: 2002-01-04 17:15:02 GMT

Validity:  VALID.  No problems.

Style: Nice restriction covering past, present, and future rules (+0.75).  Clever
delay of the oncoming midnight--recognizing that a population of 15 doesn't divide
evenly into sets of kissing partners (+0.6).  Throw in +0.2 for the coloured cello.
Length is a question mark, but I think the style of the first rule is inviting a
storytelling feel to the round (no plus or minus points).  Style award +1.55.

Reflections:  Mary, Janet, Jenny, Sebastian, and 11 others (unless of course there
are two Jennys).  Can you picture this place?  I'm beginning to, after just two rules.

Da Judge

Glenn E. Overby II
Clinton Twp, MI, USA


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