Well hello there, Sarah and Shawn. For each of you, seventeen years of knowing me has led to this moment. But it’s not just about us – it’s also about a bizarrely tedious and remarkably vindictive jury. However, the good news is that their questions are formed in a way that lacks the crazypants that they brought to the jury room.

I kid the jury. They haven’t been that bad. Well, not all of them.

Under the jump, you’ll see the five questions posed to you (a couple of them are different, so make sure you do your own list). You’ll have to answer them and have them in my inbox by tomorrow night at 9pm Central. I think I get off work an hour after that, but I’ll post when I can. Also, you may write a “final plea” of up to 300 words that explains anything that wasn’t asked that might be relevant.

Questions for Shawn:
1. Why were you OK with ties?
2. Why Bizek over Margaret for the final?
3. What is your favorite story that you wrote? Your best writing?
4. Tell me why Bizek should win. (Caveat: “She *shouldn’t* win” is not the answer).
5. Did you deliberately write toward your strengths, or did you ever try to do something new and different with your writing? Examples please.

Questions for Bizek:
1. When did you first really align with Margaret?
2. Did you really give your vote to Margaret or Novak?
3. What is your favorite story that you wrote? Your best writing?
4. Tell me why Shawn should win. (Caveat: “She *shouldn’t* win” is not the answer).
5. Did you deliberately write toward your strengths, or did you ever try to do something new and different with your writing? Examples please.

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Thanks to so many folks for making this a memorable season. DK for promptness and for always explaining himself, Beau and AMR for being extra eyes on some team challenges, the players who always showed up to fight to win this thing, and the players who strangely didn’t show up that turned this thing into a three-ring circus. As weird as this game got near the end – and I assure you, I don’t know whether to be more confounded by the final four or the jury who watched them – it was a pretty strong one that saw some great debuts and a first-time victory for a veteran.

Cheers, Survivors.

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