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.
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