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MASTER LIST OF ALL STYLE INVITATIONAL CONTESTS

Suggestions and questions are welcome and encouraged.

The Society wishes to thank Russell Beland, Chris Doyle, Kyle Hendrickson, and Pat Myers for their help in assembling the archive that is linked to from this page.

THEMES: Below are links to subsets of these contests, which I call "themes". Most of the contests have been assigned one or more themes, which are indicated with trigraphs. It was not easy going through more than a thousand synposes to make these subjective assignments, so please let me know of any adjustments that should be made.

THEME: GOO

PUB DATE WEEK TITLE SYNOPSIS THEMES LINKS TO THIS CONTEST WINNER LINKS TO RESULTS OF THIS CONTEST (usually published 2-4 Weeks later)
March 28, 2004 551  Lost in Translation  Find us some comical translations-and-back using Google translator. Feed some passage of English text into the tool--25 words max--and ask it to translate it into one of the five languages offered; then copy the result back into the tool and ask it to translate that back to English.  GOO LAN   Text file  Kevin Mettinger  Text file 
July 11, 2004 566  Get Whack  Type a two-word phrase into the Google search engine that produces exactly one result.  GOO   Text file  Pam Sweeney  Text file 
June 10, 2007 717  Pitch Us a No-Hitter  Send us some genuine Googlenopes. A Googlenope is a phrase or very brief sentence that, entered into the Google search engine with quotation marks around it, produces no hits.  GOO   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Malcolm Fleschner  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 8, 2008 755  Take Another 'Whack  Send us a phrase of two or more words that produces exactly one Web page on the Google search engine and describe the phrase.  GOO   Text file  Michael Levy  Text file 
April 12, 2008 760  Whacksy Buildup  Describe any of these Googlewhacks in the form of a question, "Jeopardy"-style.  GOO JEO   Text file  Kevin Dopart  Text file 
May 9, 2009 816  Googillions  Come up with an original phrase that generates at least 1 million listings on a Google search.  GOO   Text file  Jeff Brechlin
Erik Wennstrom 
Text file 
April 17, 2010 865  No Googlenopes left  Come up with a humorous Googlenope.  GOO   Text file  Mark Richardson  Text file 
June 24, 2012 977  Lost in Translation 2.0  Translate a line of text from English into another language using Google Translate; then copy that result and translate it back into English. You may also make intermediate steps into one or more other languages.  GOO LAN   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Kevin Dopart  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 11, 2018 1305  Hits and Googles  Find us either a Googlenope -- a phrase in quotation marks that generates no previous hits -- or a Googleyup, a phrase that surprisingly does have hits.  GOO WOR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Eric Nelkin  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version