Hot —> Banterweight.
Source: npl-folk email from Banterweight.
First Issue: Sep 1986
BanterWeight comes from a mishearing of bantamweight boxing results on my car radio. I was thrilled to discover they had a weight category for the kind of sparring I was good at! then when I joined the NPL, I was that kind of self-conscious that wanted to let everyone know, right away, that I wasn't even a “contender” for the heavyweight puzzling championship, so it fit. -my nicknom-BanterW-has two more syllables than my nom.