Winner of Eli’s Cartoon Caption Contest No. 97

                                   “Is your name ‘kemo sabe’?”

                                          (by Anne Noonan)


My original caption: “Are you in for Tonto?”


Well, waddya know? It’s a solid second-time win for Anne Noonan, after many, many moons. Congratulations Anne — you can now tell all your snowbird friends down there in Florida that once again you are officially one of the funniest people around.

One thing this contest proved for sure: if you take away the Tonto’s and the kemo sabe’s and the hiyo Silver’s, what has the Lone Ranger got going for him? Not much, I guess — even my own original caption, done about thirty years ago, is so ho-hum.

Nevertheless, here are the other captions that I was considering for first prize:

“Collect call from Tonto?” (by Sharon)

It’s for you . . . says he’s TONTO.” (by Harvey Appelbaum)

“Your wife wants to know if you’re a lone ranger or with a female companion.” (by Cary Antebi)

“Harvey, you know anybody here by the name of Kimosabe?” (also by Cary Antebi)

“Tonto calling . . . says he is going to kill you . . . he just found out what kemo sabe means.” (by dom mancino). That’s an old joke, dom, and “kemo sabe” is Tonto’s name for the Lone Ranger, not the other way around . . . but it still got a laugh from me.

“Hey, Kimo Sabe, there’s a Tonto on the phone for you. Are you here?” (by Diane)

“It’s Silver. He says to tell you ‘Hiyo, Lone Ranger’.” (by mel tanenbaum)

A new contest will be up in a couple of weeks or so. Be on the lookout for it. Thanks.

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