PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR ARTHUR ADAMS
This is what you've done, each Week. I arrange the rows in reverse chronological order, because there are some Losers, and they know who they are, who check up on my points-awarding every Week.But I would just like to reiterate that such checking up is not a problem for me. I have said many times that each Loser's enlightened self-interest is my best QA.
If you wish to see what your ink was, refer to the Master Contest List or search All Invitational Text. Remember that Types I, P, some H, and sometimes A are seen "above the Report" -- that is, if they are listed here for Week 7777, for example, they will be found in text files or images of Week 7777. Everything else will be found in a "Report" section of a file two, three, or four weeks later; 7781 in this Example.
If you see any error, please let me know, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key to Ink Types:
- W: Win, whether of the regular contest or the auxiliary contests.
- 4: 4th Runner-Up.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
- I: Idea for Contest.
|| Combine two movie titles and describe the result.
||H H H |
||Predict some humorous news event that would happen in 2011.
||Come up with a more objectionable or stupid toy than a working fart-powered toy rocket.
||Suggest some bad advice for new arrivals to this country (legal or illegal).
||YOU CAN TAKE IT TO DEBUNK
||Take a common slogan or saying and prove it wrong with at least one example.
||WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?
||Come up with Good Ideas and then convert them to Bad Ideas through slight changes in wording.
||WHAT'S WRONG WITH THESE PICTURES?
||What's wrong with these pictures?
||HOW'S THAT AGAIN?
||Take any headline appearing anywhere in The Post this week and completely rewrite the first lines of the story to put a different, unintended spin on it.
||GIVE US SOME GOOD NEWS
||Come up with ways things are going to be different now that Republicans have ascended to power.
||THE WASHINGTON IRVINGS
||Come up with creative names for the high school football teams of real towns in America.
MOST OF YOUR INK
Here is, I hope, most of your ink to be found in the All Invitational Text list. I have to find these with what are called regular expressions, which is a method used in a lot of programming languages to find and modify certain text strings in larger corpora. Basically I look for something like this:
"Report From Week 758"
"And from The Style Invitational four weeks ago . . ."
and then some text, your name, and your town, arranged in this familiar way:"GlaxoSmithKline: I have six kids named Chesterfield, Winston, Lark, BensonHedges, Doral and Kool. If I name my new baby Nicorette, can I get a free coupon for your products? (Jennifer Hart, Arlington)"I don't catch everything, but I believe I find 90%.
Unlike in the table to the left, I've arranged these in chronological order, so you can see how your humor matured, like a forgotten cheese deep in the walls of an old house. You started out, perhaps in Year 1, sending in riddles you sort of remembered from grade school, and now look at ya, ain't you Dorothy Parker.
[still working on this ...]