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THEME: HEA -- Headlines

PUB DATEWEEKTITLESYNOPSISEVENTUAL WINNERTHEMESREPORTLINKS
April 25, 1993I AM SPURIOUS (YELLOW) Write a headline for the Weekly World News (Maximum length, 10 words) Byron Baker HEA   HTML   
October 2, 199481 HEADS, YOU LOSE Take any two or more headlines anywhere in today's Washington Post, and combine them to make a funnier headline. Dave Zarrow HEA WAS  78  HTML   
January 8, 199595 HOW'S THAT AGAIN? Take any headline appearing anywhere in The Post this week and completely rewrite the first lines of the story to put a different, unintended spin on it. Elden Carnahan HEA  92   
June 18, 1995118 WEAK 118 Take any photo caption or headline appearing anywhere in today's Post and alter its meaning by adding, deleting, or changing one letter. Elden Carnahan CAP HEA WAS  115   
February 11, 1996152 WE ARE CURIOUS (YELLOW) Take any headline in today's Washington Post and rewrite it in tabloid fashion so the story seems a lot more scandalous and/or lurid than it is. Mike Hammer HEA WAS CUL  149  HTML 
August 25, 1996180 WHEN IN DOUBT, PUN Take any headline in today's Post and improve it by somehow turning it into a pun. Jennifer Hart
Kate Renner 
HEA WAS  177  HTML 
October 26, 1997241 CAN YOU BEAT THIS? Come up with headlines describing the defeat of one pro team by another. David Genser HEA  238  HTML 
November 26, 2000377
(XLIV) 
Week MMDCXLIV Provide a headline (and, if necessary, the first line of the text) for any article that will appear in The Washington Post on this day in the year 2050. Tom Witte HEA HIS  373  HTML 
March 4, 2001391
(LVIII) 
Spinning Out of Control Take an headline in today's Washington Post and create a subhead that spins the story in an opposite or unexpected direction. Sarah Gaymon HEA  387  HTML 
April 14, 2002449
(CXVI) 
Cut and Pastiche Create a new, funny headline from the words of any headlines appearing anywhere in today's Post. You cannot subdivide words. Dave Zarrow HEA  445  HTML 
December 8, 2002483
(CL) 
Obitter Fate Give us an obit headline for some famous person, currently living or dead. Dan Steinberg HEA  479  HTML 
December 21, 2003537 The New York Post Liven up any article appearing in The Washington Post or its Web site over the next eight days by giving it an irresponsibly sensationalistic headline. Milo Sauer WAS HEA  533  HTML 
November 7, 2004583 Mess With Our Heads Take any headline, verbatim, from the Washington Post or its Web site from today through next Sunday, and reinterpret it by writing either a "bank headline"--or subtitle--or the first sentence of an article that changes the original meaning entirely. Michelle Stupak HEA  579  HTML 
October 30, 2005634 Mess With Our Heads Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from today through next Sunday, and change its meaning by adding either a "bank headline," or subtitle, or the first sentence of an article that might appear under it. G. Smith HEA  630   
January 29, 2006647 Paste Imperfect Change a headline or sentence that appears in the Post or on washingtonpost.com through Feb. 6 either by deleting up to 40 consecutive characters from it or by adding 40 consecutive characters from the same article or ad. Stephen Dudzik HEA LET  643   
July 30, 2006673 Mess With Our Heads Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Washington Post or on Washingtonpost.com from July 30 through Aug. 7 and reinterpret it by adding either a "bank headline," or subtitle, or the first sentence of an article that might appear under it. Fred Winter HEA  669   
June 17, 2007718 Put Our Heads Together Create a new, funny headline from the words of any headlines appearing anywhere in a single day's Washington Post (or on washingtonpost.com) Mae Scanlan HEA  714   
March 15, 2008756 Mess With Our Heads Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from March 15 through 24 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle. Christopher Lamora HEA  750    html 
December 6, 2008794 Ripped Off From the Headlines Send us some Onion-type headlines. Malcolm Fleschner HEA  790    
February 14, 2009804 Our Type o' Joke Change a headline by one letter, or switch two letters, in a headline (or most of a headline) appearing on an article or ad in The Washington Post or on washingtonpost.com between Feb. 14 and 23, and elaborate on it in a "bank" headline (subhead) or a brief first sentence of an article that would run under it. Jay Shuck HEA  800    
August 15, 2009830 Mess With Our Heads Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from Aug. 14 through Aug. 24 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle. Beverley Sharp HEA  826    
September 11, 2010885 Mess with our heads Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from Sept. 10 through Sept. 20 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head." Elden Carnahan HEA  882    html 
April 24, 2011916 Bank shots Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from April 22 through May and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle. John Shea HEA  912    html 
October 9, 2011940 Our type o' headline Change a headline by one letter, or switch two letters, or change spacing or punctuation, in a headline (or most of a headline) appearing on an article or ad in The Washington Post or on washingtonpost.com from Oct. 7 through Oct. 17, and elaborate on it in a "bank" headline (subhead). Kevin Dopart HEA LET  936    html 
March 4, 2012961 The end of our rhops Write a funny passage or headline whose words all have the same number of letters. Chris Doyle LET HEA WOR  957    html   
September 9, 2012987 Bank shots Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Washington Post or on washingtonpost.com from Sept. 6 through Sept. 17 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle. Melissa Balmain HEA  983   html 
April 14, 20131017 Vowel play Write a "univocalic" newspaper headline -- one that uses only one vowel throughout. Nan Reiner LET HEA  1013     E 
November 17, 20131047 Bank shots Quote a headline appearing in The Washington Post, washingtonpost.com or another publication, print or online, dated Nov. 14 to Nov. 25, and supply a humorous "bank" headline that either misinterprets it or comments wryly on it. Danielle Nowlin HEA  1043   HTML   E 
May 25, 20141073 Bank shots: Mess with (y)our heads Quote a headline appearing in the Washington Post, washington.com or another publication, print or headline, dated May 22 to June 1, and supply a bank" headline that either misinterprets it, as in the examples above, or comments wryly on it. Michael Gips HEA  1069   HTML   E 
March 8, 20151114 Awww together now Write us a humorous headline -- from the past, present, or future -- that puts an optimistic perspective on some otherwise not-so-promising news. Mark Raffman HEA  1110   HTML  E 
March 15, 20151115 Our type o' headline Change a headline in an article or ad in the Washington Post and then add a "bank head" or subtitle. Gary Crockett HEA  1111   HTML  E 
September 20, 20151141 Mess with our heads Reinterpret (or comment wryly on) a headline appearing in the Post (print or online) Sept. 17-28 by witing a bankhead, or subtitle. Danielle Nowlin HEA  1137    E 
February 14, 20161162 An 8-year Re-Onion Write a fictional Onion-type headline. Neal Starkman HEA  1158    E 
September 4, 20161191 Mess with our heads Reinterpret (or comment wryly on) a headline appearing in The Post (print or online) and dated Sept. 1-12 by writing a bank head, or subtitle Roy Ashley HEA  1187    E 
March 12, 20171218 Mess with our -- or anyone else's -- heads Reinterpret (or comment wryly on) a headline appearing in the Post (print or online or another publication dated March 9-20) by writing a bankhead, or subtitle. Frank Osen HEA  1214    E