Marhofn 183.10 - May 2008

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The Bill Drummond Challenge

There were three entries for last year's competition: Jon Metcalf and Jonathan Woods both scored 88 and Alison Wilson scored 35. At least one other person is believed to have understood the rules. Jon and Jonathan each made one error (not the same one) which stopped them getting the maximum possible 98. Although Alison's score was comparatively low, it was 35 more than anyone else and so she fully deserved third prize, having used her head to come up with an entry (though programming a computer-assisted answer was not easy). All three win an original artwork: a piece of 'A Smell Of Sulphur In The Wind' by Richard Long, a painting that was bought by Bill Drummond for £20000 and then cut into 20000 pieces. Each piece is supplied with coordinates to show where it appeared in the original complete work. Jon and Jonathan also win an appropriate CD or DVD. To recap, the challenge (roughly) was to work out which ten pairs of Marilyns and Hall of Fame members had the highest number of matching letters in their names (with points lost for non-matching letters). It turns out that no-one in the Hall is able to beat the 11 points scored by the pairing of Bill Drummond with Drummond Hill, but Richard Mclellan equals it. Top scores:

11 Richard Mclellan / Meall Corranaich (15 letters, 1069m)

10 Paul Richardson / Sgurr na Lapaich (14 letters, 1150m)

10 Michael Poznanski / Spidean Mialach (14 letters, 996m)

10 Martin Richardson / Ruadh Stac Mor (12 letters, 918m)

10 Campbell Singer / Carnmenellis (12 letters, 252m)

10 Roderick Manson / Cairnsmore (10 letters, 493m)

9 Alison Richardson / Carn an Fhidhleir (15 letters, 994m)

9 Audrey Litterick / Auchtertyre Hill (15 letters, 452m)

9 Colin Kinnear / Carn na Loine (11 letters, 549m)

9 Mike Nicholls / Mendick Hill (11 letters, 451m)

Jon pipped Jonathan for first prize because his last valid pair - Carn na Loine with Colin Kinnear - has eleven letters, while Jonathan's had only nine - Seatallan with Alan Castle. Thanks to Jon and Jonathan for their calculations. Between them they also pointed out the following:

Alison Richardson has four 15-letter hills all scoring 9. Alan Castle has two ten-letter 9s. Denise Clark, Brian Ewing, Michael Keates and Martin Scoular all have nine-letter 9s, but these don't qualify for the top ten. Harrold Thomson did score 9 with Horse Head Moor until it was superseded by Birks Fell. No-one has a negative best score. The five lowest scorers, with a maximum possible 3 points, are Peter Bibby, Steve Davis, Alison Fox, John Hipwood and John Owen. Worst lowest possible scores:

-22 Anne Bunn / Meallan Liath Coire Mhic Dhughaill

-22 John Owen / Meallan Liath Coire Mhic Dhughaill

-21 Andy Rook / Sithean Bhealaich Chumhaing

Worst lowest possible score with no matching letters:

-18 Syl Sellers / Cnap Chaochan Aitinn

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