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WEEK 291: HYPHEN THE TERRIBLE
Sunday, October 11, 1998

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This Week's Contest: Take any story in today's paper, find a word that breaks with a hyphen at the end of a line, and combine it with the second half of a different hyphenated word in the same story. Then supply a definition for the new hybrid word. The examples above are taken from today's Miss Manners column (make sure you tell us from which story your word is chosen.) First-prize winner gets a rare vintage document, the transcript of the early days of the Senate Watergate hearings, in 10 bound volumes from May 1973, featuring the testimony of such persons as Anthony Ulasewicz, the famous bagman who talked like dis.

First runner-up gets the tacky but estimable Style Invitational Loser Pen. Other runners-up receive the coveted Style Invitational Loser 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 291, c/o The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20071; fax them to 202-334-4312; or submit them via Internet to this address: losers@washpost.com. Internet users: Please indicate the week number in the "subject" field. Also, please do not append "attachments," which tend not to be read. Entries must be received on or before Monday, Oct. 18. Important: Please include your postal 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. Today's Sign No One Heeds was written by Kevin Mellema of Falls Church. Employees of The Washington Post and members of their immediate families are not eligible for prizes.
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