The Week contest
This week’s question: A new study suggests that the Neanderthal DNA that still lurks in many of our bodies—the result of ancient hookups between our ancestors and Homo neanderthalensis—may help humans fight off deadly infections. If scientists were to write a self-help book on the benefits of embracing your inner Neanderthal, what title could they give it?
Last week’s contest: Children over age 12 face up to six months in jail if they’re caught in Chesapeake, Va., this Halloween engaging in “the activity commonly known as trick or treat.” If Hollywood were to make a movie about a police task force that busts rogue trick-or-treaters, what would it be called?
THE WINNER: “The Thin Boo Line” Dave Grossman, Petaluma, Calif.
SECOND PLACE: “Halloween Five-O” —Dan Liska, Seattle
THIRD PLACE: “Subpoena the Teenage Witch” Caroline Combs, Los Angeles
For runners-up and complete contest rules, please go to theweek.com/contest.
How to enter: Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, address, and daytime telephone number for verification; this week, type “Think Neanderthal” in the subject line. Entries are due by noon, Eastern Time, Tuesday, Oct. 30. Winners will appear on the Puzzle Page next issue and at theweek.com/puzzles on Friday, Nov. 2. In the case of identical or similar entries, the first one received gets credit. ■