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April 209 Fake Ad

by Jay Forstner

From the May, 2019 issue

More than 200 clever Fake Adders--213, to be exact--found the ad for Philter on page 66 of the April Observer, with the previous month's winner's name, "Knab," contained in the phrase "block nabobs of negativism." More than a few entrants noticed the reference to Spiro Agnew's "nattering nabobs of negativism" quip (imagine that in Ann Arbor!).

We received a great multi-generational entry. "My grandson Alexander Guldal (age 8) and I examined the Observer for the fake ad, something I have been doing for years, but never entered the contest," wrote Julie Tomsic. "He found the fake ad and asked me to enter for him. I expect that this contest is open to all age groups? And, if not I will consider this entry to be my first! ... The Observer provided us joy and adventure as we searched the pages ... almost like searching for Waldo!"

We're blushing. "Almost like searching for Waldo!" Could there be any higher praise?

Our winner was Eve Avrin. She's taking her gift certificate to Cardamom Restaurant.


To enter this month's contest, find the fake ad in the May issue and follow the instructions in the box at the bottom of the Back Page. The fake ad always contains the name of last month's winner in some form.
    (end of article)

[Originally published in May, 2019.]


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