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The rules: Submit a list of 26 soon-to-croak people to me via PM. The first name or last name of the first person must begin with an A. Second person with a B. You get the idea. Since I have decided to try the PM idea there will be no protected names this year, or jokers. No need for them. Qualifying names will be those getting an obit by sources used by the Windy City Deadpool, also found on its own thread at this site. That pool, in turn, uses the obit sources of the Derby Dead Pool, but adds US sources ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox networks to make it more Yank friendly. I will also throw in CNN, The New York Times and the LA Times as legit obit sources. Also this year, the Associated Press. Since I do not regularly access any of the European obit sources, please police your own obits if they are not likely to pop up in the US sources. Scoring: A hit using the first name (all letters except as below) - 1 pt A hit using the last name (all letters except as below) - 2 pts A hit with the first name . . . (A, E, I, O, U, Y) - 2 pts (note V is not a premium letter this year) A hit with the last name . . . (A, E, I, O, U, Y) - 3 pts A hit with the first OR last name . . . (Q, X, Z) - 4 pts A hit with an alliterative name scores the points for both first and last names as specified above (so an alliterative at the A spot would be worth 5 pts, the B spot would be worth 3 pts, the Q spot would be worth 8 pts) Bonus pts: Person was born in the year 1938 or later - 2 pts IF we get 10 or more entries, bonus points for solos = 3 pts, and duos = 1 pt (We ended up with 18 entries) New for 2018: All Vowel Bonus - hit all 5 vowels using LAST names = 5 pts / hit any 4 vowels using last names + the letter Y = 4 pts Example: if someone gets a solo hit with Zadora Zephyr, who was born in 1940 (assuming 10+ entries), the score would be 8+2+3=13 (the best you could do with one hit). Ties will be broken by the date the final score is reached. That is, if 3 folks end up with 18 points, the person that got to 18 on the earliest date will be the winner. My list was PM'd to YoungWillz, the first entry I got. The competition will start July 1 (all lists must be PM'd by the end of Jun 30) and end Jun 30, 2019. If any names die before the contest begins, I will ask for a replacement at that letter. Names at other letters may not be shuffled to accommodate the replacement. Enjoy!