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MASTER LIST OF ALL STYLE INVITATIONAL CONTESTS

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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: HYP

PUB DATE WEEK TITLE SYNOPSIS THEMES LINKS TO THIS CONTEST WINNER LINKS TO RESULTS OF THIS CONTEST (usually published 2-4 Weeks later)
March 10, 1996 156  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.  HYP WAS   Text file  Jean Sorensen  Text file 
February 23, 1997 206  HYPHEN THE TERRIBLE II  Create a new word by combining the first half of any hyphenated word in today's newspaper with the second half of any other hyphenated word elsewhere in the same story, and supply a definition.  HYP   Text file  Tom Witte  Text file 
November 16, 1997 244  HYPHEN THE TERRIBLE  Coin new words, and provide a definition, by combining the first half of a hyphenated word for any story in today's Post with the second half of another hyphenated word in the same story.  HYP   Text file  Robin Grove  Text file 
October 11, 1998 291  HYPHEN THE TERRIBLE  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 different hyphenated word in the same story. Then supply a definition for the new hybrid word.  HYP   Text file  Susan Reese  Text file 
April 18, 1999 318  HYPHEN THE TERRIBLE  Combine the first half of any hyphenated word in a story in today's paper with the second part of a different hyphenated word from the same story, and provide a new definition.  HYP   Text file  Chuck Smith  Text file 
September 24, 2000 368
(XXXV) 
Hyphen the Terrible  Combine the first half of any hyphenated word in a story in today's paper with the second part of a different hyphenated word from the same story, and provide a new definition.  HYP   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
October 28, 2001 425
(XCII) 
Hyphen the Terrible  Take the first half of any hyphenated word from any story in today's newspaper and combine it with the second half of any other hyphenated word in the same story, and propose a definition of the new word you've created.  HYP   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
August 4, 2002 465
(CXXXII) 
Hyphen the Terrible  Take the first half of any word or word combination in today's Post that is broken by a hyphen at the end of a line, and combine it with the second half of any other hyphenated word from the same story, and define the new word that is formed.  HYP   Text file | Post PDF  James Pierce  Text file | Post PDF 
August 31, 2003 521  Hyphen the Terrible  Take the first half of any hyphenated word in today's Washington Post (or Tuesday's USA Today) and combine it with the second half of any other hyphenated word in the same story, and define the new word it produces.  HYP WOR   Text file  Jane Auerbach  Text file 
December 19, 2004 589  Hyphen the Terrible (New Edition!)  Combine the beginning of any multi-syllabic word in this week's Invitational with the end of any other multi-syllabic word in this column (or in this week's Web supplement) to coin a new word, and then define it.  HYP WOR   Text file  Jeff Brechlin  Text file 
October 2, 2005 630  Hyphen the Terrible  Combine the beginning and end of any two multisyllabic words in this week's Invitational, and then define the compound.  HYP WOR   Text file  Chris Doyle
Tom Witte 
Text file 
July 16, 2006 671  Join Now!  Hyphenate the beginning and end of any two multi-syllabic words appearing anywhere in the July 16 Style or Sunday Arts section, and then define the compound.  HYP   Text file  Kevin Dopart  Text file 
April 29, 2007 711  Join Now!  Hyphenate the beginning and end of any two multi-syllabic words appearing anywhere in the April 29 or May 6 Style or Sunday Arts section, and then define the compound.  HYP WOR   Text file  Dennis Lindsay  Text file 
July 26, 2008 775  Ad-dition  Combine the beginning and end of any two words appearing in any single advertisement in The Post or on washingtonpost.com, from today through Aug. 4, and then define the new word.  HYP WOR   Text file  Beth Morgan  Text file 
September 12, 2009 834  Fractured Compounds  Combine two full words within any single article appearing in The Washington Post or on washingtonpost.com into a hyphenated compound word, and define or otherwise describe the result.  HYP WOR   Text file | Post e-version  Sylvia Betts  Text file | Post e-version 
June 17, 2012 976  Join now!  Combine the beginning and end of any two words or names in this week's Style Invitational or Style Conversational columns to make a new term, and define it.  HYP WOR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Robert Schechter  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
June 29, 2014 1078  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. (Conversational textHYP WAS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Michael Gips  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 9, 2016 1196  Hyphen the Terrible  Combine either half of a hyphenated word or compound term with either half of another such term to create a new hyphenated term, and describe the result humorously. (Conversational textHYP   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jeffrey Contompasis  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version