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Week 224 : Drawing Conclusions


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Week 224: Drawing Conclusions

This week's contest: What is wrong with these pictures? Choose one, or more than one. First-prize winner gets a magnificent, antique poster-size official White House photograph of Pat Nixon, taken during her initial trip to China in February 1972. Pat's hair is coiffed in a beehive the approximate dimensions and aerial buoyancy of a Japanese paper lantern, and she is staring with ill-concealed revulsion at a plate of food that appears to consist of mouse fetuses in lobster sauce. This was donated to The Style Invitational by Shirley S. Duvall of Upper Marlboro, who wins a banana slicer.

Runners-up, as always, receive the coveted Style Invitational Loser's T-shirt. Honorable Mentions get the mildly sought-after Style Invitational bumper sticker. Winners will be selected on the basis of humor and originality. Mail your entries to The Style Invitational, Week 224, c/o The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071, fax them to 202-334-4312 or submit them via the Internet to this address: losers@access.digex.net. Internet users: Please indicate the week number in the "subject" field. Entries must be received on or before Monday, July 7. Please include your address and phone number. Winners will be announced three weeks from today. Editors reserve the right to alter entries for taste, humor or appropriateness. No purchase necessary. The Faerie of the Fine Print is pretty tired of thanking people for their Ears. What kind of a job is this? I might as well be emptying the porta-potties at construction sites. Jennifer Hart of Arlington, okay? Big honking deal. Employees of The Washington Post, and members of their immediate families, are not eligible for prizes.

Report from Week 221, in which you were asked to come up with justifiably discarded first drafts of lines from famous songs. We had more than 20,000 entries, fully half of which misconstrued the contest. You sent in song parodies -- Buddy Holly singing about Paula Jones. Uh-uh. We were looking for plausible clunkers based on real lyrics. Fortunately, plenty of people got it. One note: Many tried to come up with worse lyrics for "MacArthur Park." No one succeeded.

Fifth Runner-Up:

Shirley Ellis --

"Let's do Chuck!

[Table]
Chuck Chuck, bo-buck "
(Russell Beland, Springfield)

Fourth Runner-Up:

The Kinks --

"She walked up to me and she

asked me to dance

I asked her her name and in a

dark brown voice

She said, Mur-ray."

(Tom Kreitzberg, Silver Spring)

Third Runner-Up:

Aretha Franklin --

"R-O-L-A-I-D-S"

(Mike Connaghan, Gaithersburg)

Second Runner-Up:

Bob Dylan --

"Abe said where do you want this killin' done?

And God said, `On the Outer Loop which is backed up from the John Hanson Highway to Route 1 "

(Dave Zarrow, Herndon)

First Runner-Up:

George Harrison --

"He's so fine

do lang do lang do lang "

(Sarah Worcester, Bowie;

Dave Ferry, Leesburg)

And the winner of the Church Lady doll:

Carly Simon --

"You're so vain

You probably think this song is about you!

Don't you, Warren Beatty

Don't you?"

(Lily Fu Swenson, Washington)

Honorable Mentions:

Steve Miller --

"Some people call me the Space Cowboy

Some people call me the Gangster of Love

Some people call me Steve Miller "

(Dave Ferry, Leesburg)

Archie Bell --

"Hi everybody

This is Archie Bell and the Drells

We can hardly sing, and we can't dance

worth a lick, either "

(Rod Johnson, Glen Arm, Md.)

Steppenwolf --

"Born as a chi-i-ild "

(Elden Carnahan, Laurel)

David Bowie --

"Ground control to Major Nelson. "

(Tara Zwillman, Alexandria)

Francis Scott Key --

"Ohh, say what's that flag-looking thing

over there?"

(Peter Cashwell, Woodberry Forest)

Jimi Hendrix --

"Hey, Joe, where you runnin with those

scissors in your hand?"

(Dave Zarrow, Herndon)

The Who --

"See me

Feel me

Touch me

Bite me "

(Dave Zarrow, Herndon)

Original backward message from Sgt. Pepper --

mubla siht retfa dnab eht fo pu-kaerb eht esuac lliw seviw detnelatnu s'nhoJ dna luaP.

(Brian Linnekin, Washington)

Neil Diamond --

"I'm not, I said, a big fat grouch

But no one heard at all

Not even the couch "

(Bruce Shepard, Manassas)

Tommy Tutone --

"Three-oh-one-eight-six-seven-five-

three-oh-nine ... "

(Nick Dierman, Potomac)

Lesley Gore --

"It's my bat mitzvah and I'll cry if I want to "

(Chuck and Chris Smith, Woodbridge)

The Association --

"Tsouris is the word I use to describe "

(Sandra Hull, Arlington)

Next Week: Trip Deuces

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