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The Week contest: Worst year

This week’s question: Some commentators have called 2020 — in which we’ve endured a pandemic, massive wildfires, mass protests, and an attempt to subvert American democracy — to be the worst year in living memory. If a historian were to write a book chronicling this year’s many miseries, what catchy title should it have?

Click here to see the results of last week’s contest: Dylan’s millions

How to enter: Submissions should be emailed to Please include your name, address, and daytime telephone number for verification; this week, please type “Worst year” in the subject line. Entries are due by noon, Eastern Time, Tuesday, Dec. 22. Winners will appear on the Puzzle Page of the Jan. 1 issue and at on Dec. 25. In the case of identical or similar entries, the first one received gets credit. All entries become property of The Week.

The winner gets a one-year subscription to The Week.

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