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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: QUE

PUB DATE WEEK TITLE SYNOPSIS THEMES LINKS TO THIS CONTEST WINNER LINKS TO RESULTS OF THIS CONTEST (usually published 2-4 Weeks later)
May 11, 1997 217  NO QUESTION ABOUT IT  Come up with truly stupid questions.  QUE   Text file  Edith Eisenberg  Text file 
June 1, 1997 220  RSVP  Provide an answer to any of the dumb questions from Week 217.  QUE   Text file  David Kleinbard  Text file 
January 25, 1998 254  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.  WAS QUE   Text file  David Genser  Text file 
August 19, 2001 415
(LXXXII) 
Sentence Us to Death  Take any sentence appearing anywhere in today's Washington Post, and invent a question that it answers.  WAS QUE   Text file  Russell Beland  Text file 
January 27, 2002 438
(CV) 
What's the Pun Line?  Ask a question and answer it, somewhere incorporating the name of a least one famous person.  QUE   Text file  Chris Doyle  Text file 
January 12, 2003 488
(CLV) 
No Rest for the Query  Come up with a vexing, funny question about life.  QUE   Text file  John Durkin  Text file 
October 5, 2003 526  Conventional Wisdumb  Answer any of the provided questions.  QUE   Text file  Art Grinath  Text file 
June 6, 2004 561  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.  WAS QUE   Text file  Marc Leibert  Text file 
August 1, 2004 569  Murphy's Lore  Give Eric Murphy advice he deserves on the provided questions.  QUE   Text file  Mai Nguyen  Text file 
July 31, 2005 621  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.  WAS QUE   Text file  Russell Beland  Text file 
February 5, 2006 648  Caller IDiot  Name a product or company and supply a stupid question to ask the consumer hotline person.  BUS QUE   Text file  Kevin Dopart  Text file 
June 18, 2006 667  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.  WAS QUE   Text file | Post PDF  Kevin Dopart  Text file | Post PDF 
March 25, 2007 706  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.  WAS QUE   Text file  Russell Beland  Text file 
October 20, 2007 736  So, Should I Drive Like Your Brother?  Ask a car-related question that would make the Car Guys crack up. If you're not into cars, you can also post a question for advice columnist Ask Amy or etiquette columnist Miss Manners.  QUE   Text file  Chris Rollins  Text file 
May 31, 2008 767  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.  WAS QUE   Text file  Beverley Sharp  Text file 
June 6, 2009 820  Be Mister Language Person  Supply a Mister Language Person-type question and answer.  LAN QUE   Text file  Kevin Dopart  Text file 
July 25, 2009 827  Caller Idiot  Name a real product or company and supply a stupid question or complaint for the consumer hotline person.  BUS QUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Jeff Hazle  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 12, 2009 847  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.  WAS QUE   Text file  George Vary  Text file 
May 22, 2010 870  Let's play Nopardy  Describe any of the above phrases in the form of a question.  QUE   Text file  Russell Beland  Text file 
July 17, 2011 928  Play feature  Use the title of a movie as the answer to a riddle or other question.  MOV QUE   Text file  Tom Witte  Text file 
November 6, 2011 944  Uh, yeah, it's just you  Give us one or more "Is it just me" questions.  QUE   Text file  Neal Starkman  Text file 
March 11, 2012 962  Questionable journalism  Take any sentence (or a major 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.  WAS QUE   Text file | Post e-version  Cathy Lamaze  Text file | Post e-version 
October 6, 2013 1041  What have you got to lose?  Answer a question, real or rhetorical, that appears in a song.  MUS QUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Trevor Kerr  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 3, 2013 1045  Songs for the asking  Take a sentence, phrase or title from a song and provide a funny question it might answer.  MUS QUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Larry Gray  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
December 29, 2013 1053  Questionable journalism  Quote an actual sentence, from The Washington Post, washingtonpost.com, or another print or online publication dated between Dec. 26 and Jan. 6, and follow it with a question that the sentence might answer.  QUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  John Folse  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
July 6, 2014 1079  Little piddle riddle  Ask a question and answer it with a rhyme.  POE QUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Rachel A. Bernhardt  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
July 20, 2014 1081  It's the stupidity, stupid  Write us stupid questions that will make us laugh. (Conversational textQUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Gary Crockett  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
November 23, 2014 1099  Questionable journalism  Take a sentence (or most of a sentence) that appears in an article in The Washington Post or on washingtonpost.com dated Nov. 20 through Dec. 1 (in print, any article from those days' papers), and make up a question that the sentence could answer.  QUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Beverley Sharp  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
February 28, 2016 1164  'Wait Wait' for us  Compose a multiple-choice question about a Ridiculous but True fact or event, with two entertaining wrong answers as well as the right one. One of the two wrong answers may be obviously untrue as long as it's funny. (Conversational textQUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Larry Gray  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
March 13, 2016 1166  Questionable journalism  Take a sentence (or most of a sentence) that appears in text (not a headline) in The Washington Post or on washingtonpost.com dated March 10-21 and make up a question that the sentence could answer (Conversational textQUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  John Hutchins  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
June 19, 2016 1180  Strip search!  Find a line of text from any comic strip or panel that appears on the Post's comics pages or on washingtonpost.com/comics, dated anywhere between June 16 and June 27, and either (a) supply a question that the original line could answer, or (b) follow it with your own line of dialogue or reply. (Conversational textCOM QUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Lawrence McGuire  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
October 30, 2016 1199  We want some bad choices  Offer one or more funny Questions for Terrible People, as shown.  QUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Tom Witte  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
September 24, 2017 1246  Questionable journalism  Find any sentence (or a substantive part of a sentence) that appears in The Post or another publication, in print or online, dated Sept. 21-Oct. 2, and pair it with a question it might answer. (Conversational textQUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Steve Honley  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
April 15, 2018 1275  That is the question  Choose a line from Shakespeare (or a significant part of a line) and pair it with a question that the line could humorously answer. (Conversational textLIT QUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Brendan Beary  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
February 24, 2019 1320  Questionable journalism  Find any sentence (or a substantive part of a sentence) that appears in the Post or another publication, in print or online, dated Feb. 21-March 4, and pair it with a question it might answer.  QUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Beverley Sharp  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
June 23, 2019 1337  Lidder me this: anagram riddles  Write a Q&A joke (or an A followed by a Q, if you're into "Jeopardy!") in which the punchline contains an anagram or one or more relevant words or names.  ANA JEO JOK QUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Mark Raffman  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
September 15, 2019 1349  Revise and extend these remarks  Go to congress.gov/congressional-record and click on the PDF for any day's Congressional Record. Choose any sentence (or substantial part of one) and write a question that it could answer.  POL QUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version  Sam Mertens  Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version 
May 10, 2020 1383  Questionable Journalism  Choose any sentence (not a headline) in an article or ad in The Washington Post or another publication dated May 7 through May 18, and write a question it might humorously answer. (Conversational textQUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version     
May 17, 2020 1384  Of course there are stupid questions!  Give us stupid questions, especially ones reflecting Our Current Situation. (Conversational textQUE   Text file | Post PDF | Post e-version