January ‘10 Contest Winners and Answers

Contest winnersThanks to everyone who entered the contest. You all got some of the answers right. Congratulations to the winners, who got ALL the answers right:

  • Melanie Mohan Senior Coordinator, Registrar’s Office, The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario www.icao.on.ca
  • Sonia Gluppe, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Project Coordinator/Team Lead
  • Burl Levine, freelance writer/editor/tutor, levines.inklings@sympatico.ca


Here are the sentences with punctuation in all the proper places:

  1. Happiness isn’t something you experience; it’s something you remember. –Oscar Levant
  2. I never voted for anyone; I always voted against. W.C. Fields
  3. It is forbidden to kill; therefore, all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. Voltaire
  4. To say that we have a clear conscience is to utter a solecism; had we never sinned, we should have had no conscience. –Thomas Carlyle
  5. Genius consists in a carefully trained, highly polished ability; a thoughtfully educated, unbiased good taste; and a willingness to engage in, and a persistence to do hard work.
  6. First prize was given to Jane Smervitz, Peoria, Illinois; second prize to Sam Frimpson, Duluth, Minnesota; third prize to Amber Ambleton, Oxnard, California.
  7. This project appears to be overwhelming; nevertheless, it can be done.
  8. The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd; indeed, in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more likely to be foolish than sensible. –Bertrand Russell
  9. There were other factors too: the deadly tedium of small-town life, where any change was a relief; the nature of current Protestant theology, rooted in Fundamentalism and hot with bigotry; and, not least, a native American moralistic blood lust that is half historical determinism, and half Freud. –Robert Coughlan
  10. The wish of the genuine painter must be more extensive: instead of endeavouring to amuse mankind with the minute neatness of his imitations, he must endeavour to improve them by the grandeur of his ideas; instead of seeking praise, by deceiving the superficial sense of the spectator, he must strive for fame by captivating the imagination. –Sir Joshua Reynolds