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Week 455 (CXXII) : Comixing


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Cross Snuffy Smith with Rex Morgan, M.D., and get a character who looks like Snuffy, but instead of chickens, he's always stealing Percodans.

Cross Spider-Man with Trixie from "Hi and Lois" and get a baby who wets the ceiling. If you cross Dilbert with Huey from "The Boondocks":

This Week's Contest was suggested by Bruce W. Alter of Fairfax Station. Bruce proposes that you create new comic characters by crossing two existing characters, as in the above examples. Then describe the new character. First-prize winner gets an Official Major League Baseball in a plastic cube, distributed to the media by the Walt Disney Co. in the hopes of garnering good publicity for "The Rookie," a harmless piece of Hollywood pap.

First runner-up wins the tacky but estimable Style Invitational Loser Pen. Other runners-up win the coveted Style Invitational Loser T-shirt. Honorable mentions get the mildly sought-after Style Invitational bumper sticker. Send your entries via fax to 202-334- 4312, or by e-mail to losers@washpost.com. U.S. mail entries are no longer accepted due to rabid, spit-flying fanaticism. Deadline is Monday, June 3. All entries must include the week number of the contest and your name, postal address and telephone number. E-mail entries must include the week number in the subject field. Contests will be judged on the basis of humor and originality. All entries become the property of The Washington Post.

Entries may be edited for taste or content. Results will be published in four weeks. No purchase required for entry. Employees of The Washington Post, and their immediate relatives, are not eligible for prizes. Pseudonymous entries will be disqualified. The revised title for next week's contest is by Thos. Witte of Gaithersburg.

Report from Week CXVIII,

in which we asked you to tell us how any two of these cartoons were related.

{diam}Fourth Runner-Up: D and G: Both are inhabited by an overwhelming number of Smiths. (Jean Sorensen, Herndon)

{diam}Third Runner-Up: B and F: Misreading the invitation, Joe Camel and Mister Ed dress up as a Sheik and a Trojan for the Condo Association Masquerade Ball. (Chris Doyle, Rockville)

{diam}Second Runner-Up: In E, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. In G, it is in the eye of the beerholder. (Chuck Smith, Woodbridge)

{diam}First Runner-Up:

C and F: It's a little-known historical fact that after 10 years of unsuccessfully attempting to sneak soldiers into Troy as pizza delivery men, the Greeks finally came up with another idea. (Morgan Malino, Fremont, Calif).

{diam}And the winner of the book of kids' letters to President Johnson:

D and E: One is an archive of the great artists of the 20th century, tragically unrecognized for too long because their blinding brilliance offended the smug bourgeoisie, and the other is the Hirshhorn Museum of modern art.

(Dan Steinberg, Columbia)

{diam}Honorable Mentions:

A has excellent ratings for "60 Minutes"; G has excellent rates for 60 minutes. (Milo Sauer, Fairfax)

B and D: In the L.A. phone book, you could probably find a bridal shop for men. (Kelli Midgley-Biggs, Columbia)

If you hit A with C, you know what amore feels like. (Kelli Midgley-Biggs, Columbia, Megan Lewis, Wheaton; Niels Hoven, Houston)

B and D: Ronald Johnson of Duluth, Minn., due to collect the $25 million for information leading to the capture of Osama bin Laden, is quoted saying, "Finding him was tricky, because he was listed under the L's and not the B's." (Morgan Malino, Fremont, Calif.)

F and G: When your stay in each is over, you feel like killing someone. (Mark Young, Washington)

C and G: A practical joke falls flat when Linda Tripp orders 10 pizzas for "Mr. and Mrs. William Jefferson Smith at the Motel 6," and they are accepted. (Mitch Mularz, Aberdeen, Wash.)

F and G are related by this ill-known historical fact: The hidden Greek soldiers got no sleep at all thanks to the ice machine in the horse's butt. (Jennifer Hart, Arlington)

F and C: If you gave a big tip to the Trojan Horse delivery person, you would feel very silly later. (Jennifer Hart, Arlington)

F and G: Ajax was present in neither. (Chuck Smith, Woodbridge)

A and G: A certain vacancy is required to appreciate each. (Chuck Smith, Woodbridge)

F and G: The bathroom facilities in both leave something to be desired. (Chuck Smith, Woodbridge)

D and E: Both are places where you are unlikely to run into people wearing Style Invitational Loser T-shirts. (Richard Wong, Arlington)

C and F: Free delivery, heartburn later. (J.D. Berry, Springfield)

B and F: Neither will be seen in a derby. (Seth Brown, Williamstown, Mass.)

In F, a trick is turned on the Trojans; in G, tricks are turned using them. (Steve Fahey, Kensington)

C and G: No matter how much you enjoy garlic-anchovy pizza, giving it to your wife for your anniversary will cause you to become familiar with G. (Niels Hoven, Houston)

A and G: You can love Raymond in either place. (Dave Ferry, Leesburg)

D and G: 2 plus 1 plus 3 equals the number of shots on the Zapruder film plus the number of shots fired by Jack Ruby, and also equals the number of letters in "Oswald," who was staying at a Motel 6 when witnesses, who had been bribed, testified that they had seen Oswald in another city with Clay Shaw, which proves that Oswald was framed. (Oliver Stone, Los Angeles; Roy Ashley, Washington)


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