New Zealand Listener - - CONTENTS - Gabe Atkin­son

The chal­lenge was to sub­mit con­cepts for su­per­heroes with powers that might be help­ful in ev­ery­day life. Christchurch’s Bradley Ross writes: Man Fri­day: elim­i­nates the stresses of the work­ing week by ad­vanc­ing the clock to Fri­day evening.

Auck­land’s Bar­bara Har­wood: The

Tall Or­der: a mys­te­ri­ous group that as­sist su­per­mar­ket shop­pers by re­triev­ing items from out-of-reach shelves.

A du­bi­ous hero from War­ren Palmer of Dunedin: The In­cred­i­ble Al­ibi: pro­vides you with an iron­clad ex­cuse when­ever you’re in trou­ble with the law.

Dunedin’s Les­lie Cooper: The Smoke­bomb: helps you to in­stantly exit a tire­some so­cial func­tion with­out hav­ing to say your good­byes.

Auck­land’s Rex McGre­gor: Fun­der Woman: pro­vides a last-minute cash in­jec­tion to res­cue you from fi­nan­cial ruin.

Porirua’s Daphne Tobin: Laun­dro­mate: ma­nip­u­lates the weather to en­sure your wash­ing gets per­fectly dry (also folds it).

Be­van White of New Ply­mouth: The Email As­sas­sin: deletes spam, sorts your mes­sages and drafts replies.

Craig Bon­ner solves an­other mod­ern prob­lem: The Shrink­ing Man: re­duces ex­ces­sively large aero­plane carry-on bags to a reg­u­la­tion size, giv­ing every­one room in the over­head lock­ers.

But Waik­ouaiti’s John Jones wins with: Speight’s In­vaders: a rowdy bunch who turn up with slabs of beer and ABs reruns when you are home alone and bored.

For the next con­test, send us up to 60 words of pur­ple prose, in­clud­ing this open­ing to The Pic­ture of Do­rian Gray by Os­car Wilde: The stu­dio was filled with the rich odour of … En­tries, for the prize be­low, close at noon on Thurs­day, October 19.

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Copies of I Am, I Am, I Am, the death-de­fy­ing mem­oir by Mag­gie O’Far­rell, and Mar­garet Mahy’s time­less clas­sic The Changeover, now a movie star­ring Timothy Spall.

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