||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.
||When you riff upon a store
||Use a wordplay on a song title as a name or slogan for a real or imagined business.
||Time marches Swiftly
||Give us a novel Tom Swifty, playing on either an adverb or a verb (e.g., "We care about the little people, the BP chairman gushed").
||H W |
||Write a caption, or captions, for one or more of the provided cartoons.
||Weather or nuts
||Coin a term relating to the weather, climate, etc. -- either literal or figurative -- and define it.
||The 'Sty'le Invitational
||Choose any word, name, or short term; emphasize a key, suddenly pertinent part of it with quotation marks; then redefine the word.
||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.
||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.
||Going to the shrink
||Downsize the title of a book, movie or play to make it smaller or less momentous and describe it.
||A Hearty Har Har
||Write up a Valentine's sentiment to any personage, or to someone in some generic category.
||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.
||Dreck of All Trades
||Come up with a business that combines two or more disparate products or services, and tell us its name and/or something else funny about it.
||Write a limerick or other short poem with comically awful rhyming.
||Oh, and One More Thing
||What was the thing that didn't make the cut on any list?
||Timeline Rhyme Lines
||Produce colorful chronological couplets about some historical event. They must rhyme and be in good meter.
||Make a pun or similar wordplay on a book title.
||Redefine any word from the dictionary.
||Set Us Right
||Send us conservative-leaning humor in any of the provided genres.
||So Zoo Us
||Combine any two kinds of animals, give its name and describe it.
||4 H |
||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.
||Doody and Muldoon
||Write poetry that out-Muldoons Paul Muldoon, the Princeton professor who won this year's Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Your poem must be a single quatrain, containing at least one rhyme and references to at least two body parts and one geographic name.
||Give us an obit headline for some famous person, currently living or dead.
||Give us the beginning of a letter to the editor that is certain never to see print.
||Create new comic characters by crossing two existing characters, then describe the character.
||You are on "Jeopardy!" These are the answers. What are the questions?
||What is going on in these cartoons?
||Come up with events that have a smaller chance of happening than the Redskins winning the Super Bowl.
||Osama Chanted Evening
||Write poems about Osama bin Laden.
||Come up with signs you are overdoing it any in any of the provided categories.
||Come up with statements that start really dramatically, but leave you sorta flat at the end.
||Come up with a witticism or a joke by making a pun out of an adverb. Unlike Tom Swiftlys, your adverb must modify not a verb but an adjective.
||Describe someone's special little corner of Hell.
||Things Could Be Verse
||Take any story in today's Washington Post and rewrite it into a rhyming poem of no more than eight lines.
||Spinning Out of Control
||Take a headline in today's Washington Post and create a subhead that spins the story in an opposite or unexpected direction.
||Pitches in the Dirt
||Come up with a sales pitch to get any surplus product off the shelves.
||Come up with a joke that could be written and understood only by a Washingtonian.
||The Game of Clue
||What are some clues that someone might be any of the provided characterizations?
||Bill Us Later
||Take a well-known expression and update it for the new millennium.
||It's Your Movie
||Take the title of any movie and make it the answer to a riddle.
||Take any direct quotation from any article in today's Washington Post and translate it into "plain English."
||THE BURMA ROAD
||Propose welcoming doggerel for states or cities patterned after Burma Shave signs.
||CALLING THE TOON
||What are these things?
||GIVE US NO MO
||Write an updated version of those old children's selecting rhymes. Your rhyme must (1) rhyme and (2) conform, at least loosely, to a point-and-shoot cadence that permits the elimination of one item from a group.
||4 H |
||Suggest ways in which the Style Invitational or any other Washington area institution can become more relevant to younger people.
||TIME OF THE SIGNS
||Come up with appropriate signage to appear outside any business or retail establishment in the Washington area, including government offices.
||THE VERSE OF AMERICA
||Take any story in today's Washington Post and create a poem or song by stringing together various phrases from that story. Each phrase must be a least two words long.
||PAYING THE BILL
||Propose appropriate punishments for President Clinton.
||THE WORLD THEORIES
||Codify some of life's more populist theories.
||PLAY IT AGAIN, SHAM
||Submit entries to any previous contest, ideas you might have thought of after the contest deadline had passed.
||Take a common phrase containing a specific number, add or subtract one, and explain the revised phrase.
||EXPRESSING IT NICELY
||Come up with colorful expressions for any of the six provided activities, to make them sound a little less tawdry.
||Come up with a treacly and deeply moving piece of crap. It must somehow mine joy and goopy inspiration from the vicissitudes of life. It must also rhyme.
||UNSEENS WE'D LIKE TO SEE
||Provide examples of any of the provided categories of things that will never happen.
||THE CONCEPT CONCEPT
||Come up with a situation for a "People Unclear on the Concept" cartoon. Describe the situation and supply any necessary dialogue.
||Take any word from the dictionary and redefine it.
||IT'S A BIRD. IT'S A PAIN.
||Choose one or more of the provided super powers and tell us what you would do with it.
||QUOTH THE MAVEN
||Take any famous line, change it by one letter only (add, subtract or change a single letter), and reattribute it.
||BAD NEWS, GOOD NEWS
||Supply a silver lining for any scourge or social ill facing America or the world.
||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.
||4 H |
||CALLING THE TOON.
||What is happening here?
||Take any paragraph appearing on Page A1 of today's Washington Post, and rewrite it in the style of any famous writer.
||WE CAN'T HEAR YOU
||Supply an example for any of the five "Things you don't want to hear" categories provided.
||WHAT KIND OF FOAL AM I?
||Pair up any two of the 400-plus horses who have qualified for this year's Triple Crown races, and name their foal, in a maximum of 18 characters, including spaces.
||ASK BACKWARDS IX
||You are on "Jeopardy!" These are your answers. What are the questions?
||WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
||Tell us the difference between any two of the provided items.
||SEEKING WISE GUYS
||Come up with cool new bad-guy terms.
||SO SUE US
||Come up with frivolous lawsuits.
||Complete any of these "you might be about to" warning sentences.
||Complete this sentence, "I should be elected President of the United States because…" and launch your campaign.
||EXHIBITING BAD TENDENCIES
||Come up with the winner of next year's Turner Prize, which says its aim is to expand ideas of what is art.
||Come up with a title and/or art gallery blurb for this velvet Elvis painting.
||1 H |
||A SIMPLE CLERIHEW ERROR
||Revive clerihews. A clerihew is a biographical poem in four lines divided into two rhyming couplets. The rhyme scheme is aa bb. The first line of the clerihew must contain the name of the subject of the poem. The lines must be of disparate meter, the clunkier the better.
||Come up with funny analogies.
||Come up with spoonerisms, expressions based on the transposition of the initial sounds of two paired words.
||Take any photo caption or headline appearing anywhere in today's Post and alter its meaning by adding, deleting, or changing one letter.
||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.
||THE MNEMONIC PLAGUE
||Come up with new mnemonic devices to remember complicated lists.
||THE JOKE'S ON YOU
||Come up with jokes to culminate in any of these six punch lines.
||WHAT KIND OF FOAL AM I?
||Take a list of horses nominated to the Triple Crown races this year, choose any two, and propose a name for their offspring.
||ASK BACKWARDS V
||Here are the answers. What are the questions?
||Come up with more Newt Gingrich philosophy to explain the differences between men and women, Democrats and Republicans, dogs and cats, whatever needs explaining.
||Come up with funny excuses for various malfeasances.
||What questions were left out of the Great American Sex Survey?
||SEEKING SMART MORONS
||Come up with an oxymoron for our times, an expression made bogus by the fact that it combines incompatible, contradictory ideas.
||Come up with modern maledictions in the wise and entertaining Yiddish tradition.
||Come up with the perfect vision of Hell for a famous person, living or dead.