Ah-ha! Thanks LisaMac Again, clarification for my learning brain.....
All Love it ratings are automatically entered to the shortlist after the closing of a contest ? ( My ego thinking I'm a genius with all my shortlisted entries until now, lol )
But, another sift through entries, and the CH will choose the indefinite chosen entries to keep.
If the contest is abandoned, not ALL shortlisted entries are per SH namer, so the # of shortlist does not determine the # of splits.
AH-ha! By-George- I think I've got it!