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THEME: WAS -- Washington

PUB DATEWEEKTITLESYNOPSISEVENTUAL WINNERTHEMESREPORTLINKS
March 7, 1993SHEDDING THE SKINS? Come up with a new name for the Redskins. Douglas R. Miller WAS ATH    HTML   
July 4, 199318 PUNCH US IN THE EAR Give us a motto for The Washington PostSusan Wenger WAS  15  HTML  
November 14, 199337 A STATE OF DISGRACE? Propose any of the following for D.C.: A State Name, A State Flower, A State Bird, A State Slogan, A State Capital, A Governor, An Insulting State Joke. Peggy Hyde
Gene Lawhun 
WAS  34  HTML  
December 19, 199342 HEY, IT COULD WE WORSE There are worse things in life than the Washington Redskins. Just tell us what they are. Mike Thring WAS  39  HTML   
February 6, 199449 A SLALOM OCCASION Come up with events for a Washington Olympics. They can be winter or summer sports, based on bureaucracy or other themes peculiar to Washington, and must include a brief description of the event. Paul Styrene WAS ATH  46  HTML   
July 3, 199471 CAPTION CRUNCH III Come up with a new, funnier caption for any picture or illustration anywhere in today's newspaper. Richard E. Brock
Ellen Meyerson 
CAP WAS  68  HTML   
August 7, 199476 ADIOS. Tell us, in 40 words or fewer, what is great about August in Washington. It's August, and we're out of here. Sue Witner WAS  73  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   
March 5, 1995103 SEND HELP. Come up with ways to raise some badly needed cash for the District of Columbia. Jim Martin WAS  100  HTML 
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   
December 17, 1995144 JUST REBUS ALONE Come up with a rebus, a phrase or sentence composed of letters, pictures, and symbols. Your entry must contain at least two pictures or illustrations from today's Washington PostJonathan Paul WAS  141  HTML 
February 4, 1996151 STRIP MINING Come up with a concept for a new, controversial strip to replace an existing one in The Post. Joseph Romm COM WAS  148  HTML 
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 
March 10, 1996156 HYPHEN THE TERRIBLE Create new word by combining the first half of a hyphenated word with the second half of a hyphenated word. Both words must appear in the same story anywhere in today's Washington Post. Each entry must provide a definition for the newly created word. Jean Sorensen HYP WAS  153  HTML 
April 14, 1996161 CAPITOL MISTAKES Come up with very, very bad advice for first-time visitors to Washington. Phil Plait WAS  158   
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 
March 16, 1997209 WE NEED SOME SEASONING Come up with the first signs of spring in Washington. Tommy Litz WAS  206  HTML 
August 31, 1997233 SEEKING PARODY Take any paragraph appearing on Page A1 of today's Washington Post, and rewrite it in the style of any famous writer. Phil Frankenfeld WAS LIT  230  HTML 
January 25, 1998254 DOUBLE JEOPARDY! Take any sentence appearing anywhere in today's Washington Post, and make up a question to which it could be a plausible answer. David Genser WAS QUE  251  HTML 
June 14, 1998274 THE DROLL OF A LIFETIME Be the New Yorker comics editor, and explain to readers of The Washington Post why the provided jokes are charmingly witty. Sandra Hull WAS  271  HTML 
June 21, 1998275 THERE ONCE WAS CONTEST FROM NANTUCKET … Write a limerick in which the first line is about someone who comes from some place in the Washington area. Courtney Knauth LIM WAS  272  HTML 
August 9, 1998282 TAKING SNIDES Take any story anywhere in today's Post and append to it a single snide observation, concerning either the headline or the text of the story. Ralph Scott WAS  279  HTML 
November 22, 1998297 FREE FOR OIL Take any article in today's paper, and write an outraged letter to the editor about it that totally misses the point, either by misreading a word or misunderstanding the topic. David Genser WAS CUL POL REL  294  HTML 
January 10, 1999304 TIME OF THE SIGNS Come up with appropriate signage to appear outside any business or retail establishment in the Washington area, including government offices. David Genser WAS BUS POL  301  HTML 
January 24, 1999306 YOUNGIAN THERAPY Suggest ways in which the Style Invitational or any other Washington area institution can become more relevant to younger people. Meg Sullivan WAS STY CUL  303  HTML 
July 18, 1999331 DRAWING ON CREATIVITY Come up with an idea for a fictional central character for a comic strip based in Washington, D.C., and the environs. Describe your character in as much detail as you wish, and give the strip a name. Elden Carnahan
Joyce Rains 
WAS COM  328  HTML 
March 26, 2000342
(IX) 
Plainly Ridiculous Take any direct quotation from any article in today's Washington Post and translate it into "plain English." Martin Bredeck WAS  338  HTML 
February 4, 2001387
(LIV) 
By Jingo Come up with a joke that could be written and understood only by a Washingtonian. Jonathan Paul WAS  383  HTML 
August 19, 2001415
(LXXXII) 
Sentence Us to Death Take any sentence appearing anywhere in today's Washington Post, and invent a question that it answers. Russell Beland WAS QUE  411  HTML 
February 17, 2002441
(CVIII) 
Spit the Difference Take any two nouns that appear on the front page of today's Washington Post and explain how the nouns differ from each other. Chris Doyle WAS  437  
March 3, 2002443
(CX) 
Sick Humor Come up with modern diseases of Washington life. Deborah Searson WAS  439  HTML 
April 21, 2002450
(CXVII) 
Blues It or Lose It Write the first verse of a blues song expressing some Washington area woe. Bob Dalton WAS  446  HTML 
July 7, 2002461
(CXXVIII) 
Punch Us Again Take any comic from the daily Washington Post during the next week and make it better by changing the contents of the final word balloon. Meg Sullivan WAS COM  457  HTML 
October 13, 2002475
(CXLII) 
Bad Connection Take any two seemingly unrelated stories from anywhere in today's Washington Post and explain how their subjects are linked in some unholy conspiracy or other suspicious way.  WAS  471  HTML 
February 16, 2003493
(CLX) 
A Major Offensive Find something anywhere in today's Washington Post and complain about it with absurd oversensitivity. Cecil Clark WAS  489  HTML 
April 13, 2003501 Questionable Sentences Take any sentence appearing anywhere in today's Washington Post and make it the answer to a question. Tom Kreitzberg WAS  497  HTML 
May 25, 2003507 Crocktails Come up with a drink named for something or someone associated with Washington and describe the drink. Joe Cackler WAS  503  HTML 
August 17, 2003519 Hey, Baby, What's Your Sector? Come up with pickup lines that could be heard only in Washington. Cindy Burnham WAS  515  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 
February 1, 2004543 Read Our Leaps Fill any of readers of The Washington Post on Sunday, Feb. 29, 2032, on: (a) the day's lead news story; (b) the highest-flying company and its business; (c) the best-selling self-help book; and/or (d) the day's winning Style Invitational entry. Chris Doyle WAS BUS LIT STY HIS  539  HTML 
June 6, 2004561 Deform of a Question Take any sentence appearing in The Washington Post or washingtonpost.com today through June 14, and make up a question to which the sentence could be an answer. Marc Leibert WAS QUE  557  HTML 
February 13, 2005597 Eccchsibits Come up with some alternative museums and exhibits for the nation's capital. Joseph Romm WAS  593  HTML 
May 8, 2005609 A2D2 Give us some funny "corrections" to brighten up Page A2. Elden Carnahan WAS  605  HTML 
July 24, 2005620 Keep the Empress Employed Suggest some original, creative ways that The Post could increase its circulation. Art Grinath WAS  616  HTML 
July 31, 2005621 Questionable Journalism Take any sentence that appears in The Post or in an article in washingtonpost.com anytime through Aug. 8 and supply a question it could answer. Russell Beland WAS QUE  617  HTML 
June 18, 2006667 Questionable Journalism Take any sentence that appears in The Post or in an article on washingtonpost.com anytime from now through June 26 and supply a question it could answer. Kevin Dopart WAS QUE  663     
November 26, 2006690 Funnies: How Time Flies Pull Billy of "The Family Circus" -- or any of his comic strip neighbors in The Washington Post -- out of his time warp to a different age, era or place, and provide a short storyline or dialogue or caption. Martin Bancroft WAS COM  686   
March 25, 2007706 Questionable Journalism Take any sentence that appears in The Post or in an article on washingtonpost.com from March 24 through April 2 and come up with a question it could answer. Russell Beland WAS QUE  702   
September 1, 2007729 Otherwordly Visions Take any sentence in an article or ad in The Washington Post or on washingtonpost.com from Sept. 1 through Sept. 10 and translate it into "plain English." Russ Taylor WAS WOR  725   HTML 
May 31, 2008767 Questionable Journalism Find any sentence (or a substantive part of a sentence) that appears in the Post or in an article on washingtonpost.com from May 31 through June 9 and come up with a question it might answer. Beverley Sharp WAS QUE  763    
August 23, 2008779 Gripe for the Picking Rant about any issue that wouldn't make your top 100 for airing in The Post. Chris Rollins WAS  775    
October 3, 2009837 Strip Search Combine two comic strips that appear in The Washington Post or at washingtonpost.com/comics and describe the results. Craig Dykstra WAS COM  833    
December 12, 2009847 Questionable journalism Find any sentence (or a substantive part of a sentence) that appears in The Post or in an article on washingtonpost.com from Dec. 11 through Dec. 21 and come up with a question it might answer. George Vary WAS QUE  843    
February 6, 2010855 The news could be verse Sum up an article (or even an ad!) in any Washington Post print or online edition from Feb. 6 through Feb. 15 in verse. David "Stockton" Smith POE WAS  851    html 
December 4, 2010897 Catch their drift Take any sentence from an article of ad in The Washington Post or washingtonpost.com from Dec. 3 to Dec. 13 and translate it into "plain English." Danny Bravman WAS LAN  893    html 
January 8, 2011902 What's the good news? Take any sentence, or substantive part of a sentence, or a headline from an article or ad in The Washington Post or washingtonpost.com from Jan. 7 to Jan. 18 and make it sound upbeat (or not so bad). Dixon Wragg WAS  898    html 
January 30, 2011905 Anticdotes Give us an untrue anecdote responding to one of these past Editor's Query topics. Gary Crockett WAS  901    html 
July 31, 2011930 We WANT stupid complaints! Complain comically unreasonably about some innocuous thing appearing in the print Post or on washingtonpost.com over the next week or the previous few days. Peter Jenkins WAS  926    html 
March 11, 2012962 Questionable journalism Take any sentence (or a mjaor part of it) that appears in the Post or in an article on washingtonpost.com anytime from now through March 19 and supply a question it could answer. Cathy Lamaze WAS QUE  958    html 
March 24, 20131014 Join now Combine the beginning and end, or the beginnings and ends, of any two words in single Washington Post story or ad published March 21 to April 1 into a new word or two-word phrase, and define the result. Michael Gips WAS WOR  1010     E 
June 29, 20141078 Hyphen the Terrible Combine one side of any hyphenated word or compound term with one side of another word to make a new hyphenated term, and define it humorously. Both halves must appear in the same issue of The Post or another print newspaper, or in writing published the same day on washingtonpost.com or another online publication. Michael Gips HYP WAS  1074   HTML   E 
February 1, 20151109 Fictoids of Columbia Tell us some humorously untrue “facts” about Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area. Rob Huffman WAS FIC  1105   HTML  E