TSYS programmer Ed Ridgley of Phenix City just won The New Yorker cartoon caption contest with his TV detective "Columbo" inspired quip.
Ridgley won the Feb. 7 competition in which the magazine presents a cartoon and asks readers to propose a caption.
The cartoon depicts a bartender with a worried look on his face talking to a man who's wearing glasses, a hat, tie and overcoat. The man has a ballerina standing behind him with her hands on her hips and an apparently angry expression on her face.
The guy in the overcoat reminded Ridgley of 1970s TV detective Columbo, so Ridgley suggested something a bartender might say to an investigator accompanied by an unhappy dancer:
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"The guy you're looking for waltzed out of here an hour ago."
His competitors were Paul Brandis of Olympia, Wash., with "How is she on the pole?" And John Turtz of Larchmont, N.Y., suggested, "Honest to God, Joe, she's the best bouncer I've ever hired."
Ridgley said by winning he gets a signed copy of the cartoon by David Borchart, worth about $350, a prize he'll frame and post at his office.