Everyone loves a spectacular typo, ideally involving a naughty misspelling of the word “public”.

But the truly evil typos are the petty, sneaky ones — like when someone’s typed, say, “the” instead of, for instance, “to”.

That’s the typo Helen Gilavish caught in the article “Cash Starved Streets” (“And according the Bryce, the answer from staff each year…[etc.]”). Nothing fancy, but because mistakes like to elude writers, editors and occasionally even copy editors (unsung geniuses!), you’ve got to salute people who spot ’em.

Helen is a retired schoolteacher who will donate her cash prize to the Salvation Army. She really likes her Typo Wiener shirt.

Congratulations, Helen!


HAPPY NUDE YEAR I mean new! New! Dammit! Too late. Spot a typo in this issue and e-mail the details to (write TYPO in the subject field). Please include the page it was on and the article and sentence it was in. Typos include misspelled words (including names), garbled grammar and general gibberish. Factual errors don’t count but formatting mistakes do. To be eligible, typos must be in editorial content such as articles, listings, headlines and photo cutlines. Next deadline is Tuesday, Dec. 31  at noon. The winner (who will be notified by e-mail) must be available to come to our office on the Scarth Street pedestrian mall Friday, Jan. 3 to collect their prize and pose for a picture. Good luck!