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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: LET

PUB DATE WEEK TITLE SYNOPSIS THEMES LINKS TO THIS CONTEST WINNER LINKS TO RESULTS OF THIS CONTEST (usually published 2-4 Weeks later)
July 11, 1993 19  A RECYCLED IDEA THAT WAS NONE TOO GOOD TO BEGIN WITH  Alter a well-known phrase or name by deleting, adding or changing only one letter, and then supply a definition for what results.  LET WOR   Text file | Post PDF  Joseph H. Engel
David J. Zvijac 
Text file | Post PDF 
June 4, 1995 116  WRITE PURE POETRY  Write a complete sentence using only the letters contained on the top row of a typewriter. Alternatively, you can use the letters of the first four lines of the standard eye chart.  LET   Text file  Jennifer Hart  Text file 
July 30, 1995 124  SPOON-FEED US.  Come up with spoonerisms, expressions based on the transposition of the initial sounds of two paired words.  LET   Text file | Post PDF  Steven Papier  Text file | Post PDF 
August 10, 1997 230  TALES FROM THE CRYPTOGRAM  Take any proper noun--a person, a book, a movie, whatever--and create for it an appropriate cryptogram.   LET   Text file  Don Juran  Text file 
August 24, 1997 232  PRIMAL URGES  Update, for the millennium, the old "A is for Apple" reading primer. An entry must include the four letters in one of these blocks: A-D, E-H, I-L, M-P, Q-T, U-Z.  LET   Text file  Jacob Weinstein  Text file 
January 4, 1998 251  QUOTH THE MAVEN  Take any famous line, change it by one letter only (add, subtract or change a single letter), and reattribute it.  LET   Text file  Meredith Robinson  Text file 
March 1, 1998 259  SPARE EXCHANGE, BUDDY?  Take any phone number of any business or government office in the Washington area, translate the first two digits into their constituent letters and propose any appropriate one-word exchange.  LET POL BUS   Text file  Elden Carnahan  Text file 
July 12, 1998 278  THE STALE INVITATIONAL  Begin with a word. Add, subtract or change a single letter only, and then provide a new definition.  LET   Text file  Tom Witte  Text file 
November 29, 1998 298  THE RIGHT STUFF  Write a sentence, or phrase, or entire passage, using only your right hand on the keyboard. This means you may use no keys to the left of N, H, Y and 7.  LET   Text file  Barbara Collier  Text file 
December 6, 1998 299  ANOTHER LEFTIST RAG  Write the day's tabloid headlines with your left hand only. (This means you can use no keys to the right of 6, T, G and B.)  LET   Text file  Eric Lenning  Text file 
July 4, 1999 329  THE STYLE INVITATIONAL: HELL  Take the name of a person or institution. Find within it a hidden message. You may add spacing and punctuation, but you may not move letters around.  LET   Text file | Post PDF  Chrissy Haynes
Russell Haynes 
Text file | Post PDF 
March 19, 2000 341
(VIII) 
What's In a Name?  Write something about any famous person that uses only the letters in his or her name.  LET   Text file  Richard Grossman  Text file 
April 15, 2001 397
(LXIV) 
Sins of Omission  Omit a letter or letters from a real-life sign to create a name for a new business, comically different from the original. Describe the new business or include a slogan that explains it.  LET   Text file  Selma Mathias  Text file 
July 1, 2001 408
(LXXV) 
What's In a Name?  Take the name of any politician, living or dead, and construct an appropriate message from the letters of the name. You may use any letter as many times as you wish, and you may insert punctuation.  LET POL   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
September 2, 2001 417
(LXXXIV) 
Initially Mistaken  Take any name of a person or thing, and construct an appropriate message using its letters, in order, as the first letters of the words of your message.  LET   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
March 31, 2002 447
(CXIV) 
Acronimble  Take any of the provided witty statements and use the first letters in each of the words to create a brand-new, unrelated funny statement.  LET   Text file  Jennifer Nelson  Text file 
October 6, 2002 474
(CXLI) 
Alphabettering  Create a sentence that uses each letter of the alphabet at least once but that would never be heard on the politically correct, genteel, rarified air of NPR.  LET   Text file  Milo Sauer  Text file 
June 1, 2003 508  Letter Rip  Take a word from the dictionary, add, change, or delete a single letter, and redefine the word.  LET   Text file  Jonathan Paul  Text file 
June 29, 2003 512  Live On, Sweet, Earnest Reader  Take the name of any person--living, dead, fictional--and use the letters of his name, in succession, to form the first letters of an expression appropriate to that person.  LET   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
November 2, 2003 530  Tri Harder  Take any word, alter it in three ways--by adding a letter, by subtracting a letter and by changing a letter--and redefine all three new words.  LET   Text file  Brendan Beary  Text file 
February 15, 2004 545  Put It in Reverse  Spell a word backward and define it, with the definition relating in some way to the original word.  LET   Text file  Tom Witte  Text file 
June 13, 2004 562  The LMNs of Style  Write a funny sentence (or more) that you spell with only the sounds of the names of letters and those of numbers 1 through 9.  LET   Text file  Milo Sauer  Text file 
October 10, 2004 579  Another Brilliant Contest! Do Enter!  Write us a sentence or phrase consisting of words beginning with consecutive letters, in the A-to-Z direction.  LET   Text file  Lawrence McGuire  Text file 
March 20, 2005 602  Take a Letter -- Again  Take a word, term or name that begins with A, B, C or D; either add one letter, subtract one letter, replace one letter, or transpose two letters; and define the new word.  LET   Text file  Seth Brown  Text file 
April 10, 2005 605  Truly Stupendous Ideas  Name two people with the same initials (the people can be living or dead, real or fictional) and explain how they are similar or different.  DIF LET   Text file  Mark Eckenwiler  Text file 
July 3, 2005 617  Best the Best  Write something about any famous personage that uses only the letters in his or her name.  LET   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
December 25, 2005 642  It's Open Season  Come up with a brand-new word and its definition. The words must begin with O, P, Q, R or S.  LET WOR   Text file  Stephen Dudzik  Text file 
January 29, 2006 647  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.  HEA LET   Text file  Stephen Dudzik  Text file 
April 16, 2006 658  Not in the Cards  Send us ideas for cards that would likely be ruled "FBN" (Funny, But No) by Hallmark but F&YYY by the Empress.  LET CUL   Text file | Post PDF  Randy Lee  Text file | Post PDF 
July 9, 2006 670  A Test of Character  Change a word or phrase by only one letter -- substitute one letter for another, add a letter or transpose two letters -- and explain how they are different or similar.  LET   Text file  Ben Aronin  Text file 
August 6, 2006 674  Limerixicon 3  Supply a humorous limerick based on any word in the dictionary (except proper nouns) beginning with ca-.  LIM LET   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
October 15, 2006 684  Backtricking  Spell a word backward and define the result, somehow relating the definition to the original word.  LET   Text file | Post PDF  Tom Witte  Text file | Post PDF 
January 28, 2007 699  Our Greatest Hit  Take a word, term or name that begins with E, F, G or H; either add one letter, subtract one letter, replace one letter, or transpose two letters; and define the new word.  LET   Text file  Brendan Beary
Barbara Turner 
Text file (pub 2-25-07)
Text file (pub 3-18-07) 
September 29, 2007 733  Just Drop It, Okay?  Drop the first letter from an actual word or term to make a new word or term, and define it.  LET WOR   Text file  Deanna Busick  Text file 
January 19, 2008 749  Opus 266, No. 3  Take any common word or two-word term beginning with any letter from A through H and give it a new definition.  LET WOR   Text file  Peter Metrinko
Pie Snelson 
Text file (pub 2-16-08)
Text file (pub 2-23-08) 
March 22, 2008 757  Gorey Thoughts From A to Z  Send us some rhyming alphabet-primer couplets.  POE LET   Text file  Beth Baniszewski  Text file 
September 6, 2008 781  Our Greatest Hit  Start with a word or multi-word term that begins with I, J, K or L; either add one letter, subtract one letter, replace one letter or transpose two adjacent letters; and define the new word.  LET WOR   Text file  Barry Koch  Text file 
May 2, 2009 815  Wittecisms  Create an original word containing -- in any order -- at least a W, an I, two T's and an E.  LET WOR   Text file  Tom Witte  Text file 
August 8, 2009 829  Limerixicon 6  Supply a humorous limerick prominently featuring any English word, name or term beginning with the letters di-.  LIM WOR LET   Text file | Post e-version  Andrew Burnet  Text file | Post e-version 
September 5, 2009 833  Our Greatest Hit  Start with a real word or multi-word term or name that begins with M, N, O, or P; add one letter, subtract one letter, replace one letter or transpose two adjacent letters; and define the new word.  WOR LET   Text file  Pam Sweeney  Text file 
October 17, 2009 839  Overlap Dance  Overlap two words that share two or more consecutive letters -- anywhere in the word, not just at the beginning or end -- into a single longer word, and define it. AND your portmanteau word must begin with a letter from A through D.  LET WOR   Text file  Patricia Casey  Text file 
December 19, 2009 848  Up and addin'  Compose a humorous rhopalic sentence (or multiple sentences) in which each word is one letter longer than the previous word.  LET WOR   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
January 16, 2010 852  Small, Let's get  Write a rhopalic sentence (or fanciful newspaper headline) in which each successive word is one letter shorter.  LET WOR   Text file  Jeffrey Contompasis  Text file 
January 23, 2010 853  It's easy as DEF  Create a brand-new word or phrase that contains a block of three successive letters in the alphabet; the series must go forward in the alphabet, not backward.  LET WOR   Text file  John Glenn  Text file 
February 20, 2010 857  All FED Up  Create a brand-new word or phrase that contains a block of three successive letters in the alphabet -- but the series must go backward through the alphabet.  LET   Text file  Tom Witte  Text file 
May 29, 2010 871  Remarquees  Change a movie title by one letter (or number, if the title includes a number) and describe the new film.  LET MOV   Text file  Gary Crockett  Text file 
July 31, 2010 880  Our greatest hit  Start with a real word or multi-word term or name that begins with Q, R or S; add one letter, subtract one letter, replace one letter with another, or transpose two adjacent letters; and define the new word.  WOR LET   Text file  Lennie Magida
 
Text file (pub 8-28-10)
Text file (pub 9-25-10) 
August 7, 2010 881  What's in a name?  Take the name of a person or institution. Find within it a hidden message.  LET BUS POL   Text file  Russell Beland  Text file 
August 14, 2010 882  Limerixicon VII  Supply a humorous limerick prominently featuring any English word, name or term beginning with the letters dr-.  LIM LET   Text file  Carole Lyons
 
Text file (pub 9-11-10)
Text file (pub 9-25-10) 
January 23, 2011 904  We move on back  Move the first letter in a word or name to the end of that word and define the resulting word.  LET WOR   Text file  Marian Carlsson
David Garratt 
Text file (pub 2-20-11)
Text file (pub 3-18-11)  
April 3, 2011 913  Bring up the rear  Move the last letter of an existing word or name to the front of the word, and define the new term.  LET   Text file | Post PDF  Kyle Bonney  Text file | Post PDF 
May 15, 2011 919  Good Luck With 13  Alter a 13-letter word, phrase or name by one letter (add a letter, drop a letter, switch two letters somewhere in the word, or substitute one letter for another) and describe the result.  LET   Text file  David Ballard  Text file 
June 26, 2011 925  A remeaning task  Redefine a word in the dictionary beginning with I through O.  LET WOR   Text file  Jamie Pazur  Text file 
October 9, 2011 940  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).  HEA LET   Text file  Kevin Dopart  Text file 
February 5, 2012 957  Fearful Symmetry  Write a clever passage whose successive words are one letter longer until the middle of the passage, and then become one letter shorter.  LET WOR   Text file | Post PDF  Bird Waring  Text file | Post PDF 
March 4, 2012 961  The end of our rhops  Write a funny passage or headline whose words all have the same number of letters.  LET HEA WOR   Text file | Post PDF  Chris Doyle  Text file | Post PDF 
April 8, 2012 966  Inkremental change  Start with any word or name, and create a series of words that change by one letter at a time, until you come up with a related word or name.  WOR LET   Text file | Post PDF  Dave Zarrow  Text file | Post PDF 
August 12, 2012 983  Limerixicon IX  Supply a humorous limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with the letters "eq-" through "ez-".  LIM LET   Text file | Post PDF  Brendan Beary  Text file | Post PDF 
August 19, 2012 984  Another brilliant contest  Write something whose words begin with consecutive letters of the alphabet.  LET   Text file  Christopher Lamora  Text file 
December 9, 2012 1000  We now have 4 digits; you now have 7 letters  Choose any word, name or two-word term beginning anywhere from T through Z; then add one letter, drop one letter, substitute one letter for another, or transpose two adjacent letters, and define the result.  LET WOR   Text file | Post PDF  Jeffrey Contompasis  Text file | Post PDF 
December 16, 2012 1001  Make us ROFL  Give us a funny, original acronym.  LET WOR   Text file  Dayna Fellows  Text file 
February 17, 2013 1009  What's in a name?  Write something about some person, real or fictional, using only the letters in the person's name.  LET   Text file | Post e-version  Matt Monitto  Text file | Post e-version 
April 14, 2013 1017  Vowel play  Write a "univocalic" newspaper headline -- one that uses only one vowel throughout.  LET HEA   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Nan Reiner  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
May 12, 2013 1021  'Gram theft  Come up with a term by scrambling any of the letters sets in the provided list, and define it.  LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jay Cummings
Chuck Smith 
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June 2, 2013 1024  Gorey thoughts  Send us some edgy rhyming alphabet-primer couplets. The pairs are AB, CD, EF, GH, IJ, KL, MN, OP, QR, ST, UV, WX, and YZ.  LET POE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jennifer Gittins-Harfst  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
January 12, 2014 1055  Oh, K!  This week, to commemorate both Kevin Dopart and his 1K ink blots: Change a word, phrase or name by adding one or more K's, and define your new term.  LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Kristen Rahman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
May 11, 2014 1071  A pair of threes  Choose two or three entities represented by a single three-letter combination at bit.ly/3letterabs and say how they are alike or different.  LET DIF   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Rob Huffman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
May 18, 2014 1072  The Tile Invitational  Come up with a 5-, 6-, or 7-letter term by scrambling any of the provided seven-letter ScrabbleGram sets, and define it.  LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Brendan Beary  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 24, 2014 1086  Playing the dozens  1. Start with any 12-letter word, name or multi-word phrase.
2. Add one letter OR drop one letter OR substitute another letter OR switch the position of two letters to create a new term, as in the examples given.
3. Define or describe the result humorously. (Conversational text
LET WOR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Larry Gray  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
September 14, 2014 1089  It's E-Z Find-a-Word -- your own!  Create a word or multi-word term that consists of adjacent letters -- in any direction or several directions -- in the provided grid, and provide a humorous definition. (Conversational textWOR LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Mark Raffman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 28, 2014 1104  A pair of threes  Choose two or three entities represented by a single three-letter combination beginning with E- through H- ó see the links at bit.ly/abbrevs-e-h ó and say how they are alike or different. (Conversational textLET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Larry Gray  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
February 22, 2015 1112  Some SHARP words  Coin a word or short term that includes all the letters S, H, A, R, and P. (Conversational textWOR LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Danielle Nowlin  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 22, 2015 1116  Punning in place  Create a new term using only the letters in a place name. You don't have to use all the letters, but you can't use a letter more often than it appears in the word. (Conversational textLET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Peter Jenkins  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
May 10, 2015 1123  The Tile Invitational III  Give us a five-, six-, or seven-letter word (or two words) by scrambling the letters of any of the provided seven-letter sets. (Conversational textLET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Ricardo Rodriguez  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 18, 2015 1145  A DICEy situation  Coin a word or multi-word term that contains the letter block D-I-C-E. (Conversational textLET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Todd DeLap  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 22, 2015 1150  A deviant character  Change the name of person or animal -- real or fictional -- by adding or subtracting one letter; substituting one letter for another; or switching the positions of two nearby letters, and describing the results. (Conversational textLET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jeff Brechlin  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 13, 2015 1153  Be three-paired  Choose two or more entities represented by a single three-letter combination from IAA through LZZ, found at the provided link, and say how they are alike or different or have some connection.  LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Chris Doyle  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 27, 2015 1155  Vowel movement  Choose a title of a book, movie, play or TV show; drop all the vowels (including Y when it's used as a vowel); then add your choice of vowels -- as many as you like -- to create a new work; and describe it.  LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Chris Doyle  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 6, 2016 1165  B all you can B  Change a word, phrase or name by adding one or more B's, and/or by replacing one or more letters with B's, and define your new term.  LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Ivars Kuskevics  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
April 3, 2016 1169  Be caustic by acrostic  Review or otherwise describe a movie, book, play or TV show (or Internet equivalent) with words whose first letters spell out the name of the work. (Conversational textMOV LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Kurt Stahl  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
May 15, 2016 1175  Good luck with 13  Make up a word whose Scrabble letter values add up to exactly 13, and define it. (Conversational textLET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Duncan Stevens  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 7, 2016 1187  Just drop it, okay?  Drop the last letter from an existing word, phrase or name and define the result. (Conversational textLET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Danielle Nowlin  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
January 29, 2017 1212  The Tile Invitational IV  †Give us a five-, six- or seven-letter word (or two words) by scrambling the letters of any of the provided sets and define it. (Conversational textLET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  William C. Kennard  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
May 14, 2017 1227  Celebrate ortho-diversity!  Name and describe a new life form -- and no letter in the term may be used twice. (Conversational textLET SCI   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Seth Tucker  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 19, 2017 1254  Inkorporation--a change-one-letter contest  Change the name of a present or past business, store or agency (not just a product) by adding one letter, deleting one letter, transposing two letters or substituting one letter for another. (Conversational textLET BUS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Danielle Nowlin  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
January 21, 2018 1263  Playing the short game  Using the three-letter Olympic national abbreviations and/or the abbreviation for any college, tell what would happen if one abbreviated team played another. (Conversational textLET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Meg Winters  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
February 11, 2018 1266  The Tile Invitational V  Create a five-, six-, or seven-letter word (or phrase) by scrambling the letters of any of the provided sets and define it.  LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jesse Frankovich  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
April 29, 2018 1277  Come into Beeing with neologisms  From any of the 15 provided Spelling Bee letter sets, coin a new term of one or two words and define it humorously. You may also supply an especially clever or funny definition of a real term. (Conversational textWOR LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jeff Hazle  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
July 1, 2018 1286  Mind your P's and B's (and more)  Replace one or more P's in a word, name, or multi-word term with a B or with another letter and define or describe the results. (Conversational textLET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Robert Schechter  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 5, 2018 1291  Film flam -- movie anagrams  Rearrange the letters of a title of a movie or play to make a new title, then describe the new work. (Conversational textMOV LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Chuck Helwig  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
September 16, 2018 1297  A different type o' headline contest  Change a letter in an article or ad in the Post or another publication dated Sept. 13-24 by adding or subtracting one letter; substituting a letter; transposing two letters; or changing spacing or punctuation; and then add a "bank head." (Conversational textHEA LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Frank Osen  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
September 23, 2018 1298  It's IGH time for 3-word phrases  Make up some entity that might take a three-letter abbreviation of GHI, HGI, GGG, GHH, etc., and then humorously describe it. (Conversational textLET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Kevin Mettinger  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 28, 2018 1303  Neologisms to di- for  Replace a digraph in an existing word or phrase with another digraph to make a new term. (Conversational textWOR LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Tom Gleason  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 25, 2018 1307  One-for-one for all  Replace one letter in an existing word, name or multi-word phrase with one different letter (in the same place in the word) and define or describe the result.  WOR LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jesse Frankovich  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
February 17, 2019 1319  The Tile Invitational VI  Create a five-, six-, or seven-letter word (or phrase) by scrambling the letters of any of the provided sets and define it.  LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Danielle Nowlin  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 17, 2019 1323  Selected shortened subjects  Delete one or more letters from the beginning or end (or both) of a movie title and describe the resulting movie.  LET MOV   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  David Peckarsky  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
May 19, 2019 1332  We'll call them Spellimericks  Write a humorous limerick that's an acrostic: a pertinent five-letter word or name spelled out by the first letter of each line.  LIM LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Hildy Zampella  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
July 14, 2019 1340  Not-ables -- slightly alter a famous name  Slightly alter the name (make sure the original is obvious) of a famous personage -- past or present, real or fictional -- and describe the resulting nonpersonage, or offer a quote from that person, or both.  LET CUL HIS   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jonathan Jensen  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
July 21, 2019 1341  Portmanteautapping from E to R  Coin a portmanteau word beginning with E through R, in which the words overlap by at least two letters, and describe it.  LET WOR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Gary Crockett  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
July 28, 2019 1342  MRGRS: Mash 2 abbrevs.  Combine two acronyms or other abbreviations, whether of entities or expressions, into one big one, and describe it, offer a slogan for the new organization, etc.  LET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Danielle Nowlin  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 11, 2019 1344  Well, that's just great -- Itís Limerixicon XVI  Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "gr-".  LIM LET WOR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Mark Raffman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
August 25, 2019 1346  AZ if -- balancing acts  Think of a new word or two-word phrase that begins and ends -- either way -- with one of the provided "alphabetically balanced" pairs.  LET WOR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Steve "Potomac" Smith  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 20, 2019 1354  As the Word turns 5: Taking our vowels  "Discover" a word or multiword term that consists of adjacent letters -- in any direction or several directions -- in the provided grid, and provide a humorous definition. (Conversational textWOR LET   Text file | Post PDF  Sam Mertens  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
February 9, 2020 1370  What's in a name?  Write something about a well-known person, real or fictional, using only the letters in that person's name. (Conversational textLET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Melissa Balmain  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
February 16, 2020 1371  The Tile Invitational VII  Create a five-, six-, or seven-letter word (or phrase) by scrambling the letters of any of the provided sets and define it. (Conversational textLET   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Duncan Stevens  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
April 19, 2020 1380  Both sides now  Delete one or more letters (in a row) from a word or brief phrase to find another word, and define it. (Conversational textLET WOR   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Kevin Dopart  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version