||The hunting of the snark
||Ask an insulting rhetorical question in the form (or a variation) of "Is that your _______ or _______?"
||Same difference, or missing links
||Choose any two (or more) items from the utterly random list above and say how they're different, alike or otherwise linked.
||The On-Our-Way-Back Machine
||Tell us how (in some funny way) things will be different as we emerge from the pandemic.
||Who was that masked man?
||Current a short listing for a current or past TV show that has a coronavirus story line, or one reflecting some other issue in the news right now.
||This is the year that is
||Describe the year 2020 in a novel, colorful metaphor or simile. You may also offer an original graphic.
||Add nauseam: A plus-one contest
||Add a "plus one" to some familiar numerical grouping, true or fictional
||No-covid zone -- a neologism contest
||Coin a new word or phrase that lacks C, O, V, I and D and describe it.
||Movie clips -- drop letters from the middle of a title
||Delete one or more letters (they must be consecutive) from the middle of a movie title, and describe the resulting new movie.
||Colt following: It's the grandfoals!
||"Breed" any two of the 70 foal names that got ink this week and name the offspring to reflect both parents' names.
||Both sides now
||Delete one or more letters (in a row) from a word or brief phrase to find another word, and define it.
||H H |
||Clue us in
||Supply clever, funny clues for as many as 25 of the words and multi-word terms in the provided grid.
||The confaketionary -- food fictoids
||Tell us some comically false "fact" about food, drink or dining.
||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.
||Check your (homo)phones
||Invent a homophone--a word that sounds the same as an existing word but is spelled differently--and define it.
||Choose a headline or sentence from The Post or another publication, print or online, dated May 9-20, 2019. Then change that headline or other text by:
A. Deleting up to 40 consecutive characters from it (put brackets around the deleted text);
B. Adding up to 40 consecutive characters from the same article or ad (write the additions in capital letters);
or C. Both A and B, as long as the added text goes at the end of your headline or sentence.
||Selected shortened subjects
||Delete one or more letters from the beginning or end (or both) of a movie title and describe the resulting movie.
||As the word turns
||“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.
||Heading for a foal -- our horse name 'breeding' contest
||Your job is to "breed" any two names of the 360 horses nominated for this year's Triple Crown races and name the "foal" to reflect both names.
||Clue us in -- a backward crossword
||Supply one or more creative clues for the provided filled-in crossword grid -- as many as 25 clues in all.
||Beat the banned with euphemisms
||Come up with creative euphemisms for the provided words, or for other words that might offend someone or other.
||4 H |
||Ask Backwards 36
||Choose any of the 15 provided items and follow it with a question that it could humorously answer.
||C'mon, fess up!
||Send us a brief "confession" -- there will be categories for true and just-kidding.
|| Combine two movie titles and describe the result.
||Well, at least …
||Note some good news for the coming year to comfort -- or "comfort" -- those who are depressed about the change of presidential administration.
||You've got the powers
||Tell us what you would do if you had one or more of the six magical powers provided.
||H H |
||Picture This -- It's a Bob Staake caption contest
||Write a caption for any of the cartoons provided.
||Don't change a letter!
|| Alter a movie title only by changing word spacing, changing capitalization, and adding or deleting punctuation marks, accents, etc., then describe the result.
||Colt following -- It's time for the grandfoals
||"Breed" any two of the 57 foal names that got ink this week and name the offspring to reflect both parents' names.
||A remeaning task
||Redefine an existing word or two-word term beginning with P through Z.
||Clue us in -- a backward crossword
||Supply clever, funny clues to up to 25 of the words and multi-word terms in the provided grid.
||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.
||Provided are 15 answers, separated by asterisks. You supply the questions.
||Combine two well-known names into a Twitter handle, and write a tweet (no more than 140 characters and spaces) that that portmanteau person might write.
||Gaah! It's Limerixicon XII
||Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "ga-".
||One man's trash
||Suggest a humorous way to reuse one or more of the items listed above -- or anything else advertised on RepurposedMaterialsinc.com.
||4 H |
||Yux Redux: Play on a foreign phrase
||Make a word play on a foreign phrase or term (or English phrase using foreign words) and describe it.
||Drone for a loop
||Give us some novel uses for a CICADA micro-drone, assuming that anyone can get one, and that it can have a micro-camera, micro-grips, etc.
||Colt Following: 'Grandfoals'
||"Breed" any two of the 65 foal names that got ink this week and name the offspring to reflect the parents' names.
||H H |
||Breed 'em and weep
||Breed any two of the provided 100 racehorses nominated for this year's Triple Crown events and name the foal the reflect both names.
||3 H |
||Our type o' headline
||Change a headline in an article or ad in the Washington Post and then add a "bank head" or subtitle.
||Some SHARP words
||Coin a word or short term that includes all the letters S, H, A, R, and P.
||The mama of all humor
||Write a [Someone’s] Mama joke for some well-known figure, past or present, real or fictional.
||Fictoids of Columbia
||Tell us some humorously untrue “facts” about Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area.
||The core ridiculum
||Come up with a comical class (any type of school) and provide a course catalog description.
||Eww-venirs: Ideas for gift shops
||Suggest a humorous--but NOT horribly tasteless--tchotchke, T-shirt, etc., from a real or imagined gift shop at a particular tourist site.
||It's a small, small world
||Write a humorous poem of no more than eight lines -- it doesn't have to rhyme -- using only the top 1,000 words on Wiktionary.org's list of the most common among 20 million words found in movie and TV scripts.
||An iffy proposition
||Suggest some humorous action that you would take if you were in someone's position, more or less in the form "If I were _____ my first act would be _____."
||It's mating season
||"Breed" any two from the provided list of 100 of the 3-year-old racehorses nominated for this year's Triple Crown and name the foal to reflect both names.
||Take any two items from the provided list and explain how they're similar or different.
||Clue us in
||Come up with up to 25 creative, funny clues for the words and multi-word terms that appear in the provided grid.
||Tour de Fours X: Go SANE
||Create a new word or two-word term containing the letter block S-A-N-E -- in any order, but consecutively, and define it.
||IRS my case
||Schedule A: Suggest a novel way for the government to determine taxes.
Schedule B: Suggest a deduction that you'd like to take, or that some real or fictional person past or present might like to take.
Schedule C: Suggest a cause you'd rather check off $3 for.
||Built for two
||Give humorous related names for any pair of features in a given building, organization, etc.
||In so many words
||Create an original backronym for a name or other term, especially one that's been in the news lately.
||Breed any two of the horses nominated for this year's Triple Crown races and give the foal a name humorously reflecting the names of the parents.
||Try your hand at any of the contests mentioned in this look back.
||What's in a name?
||Write something about some person, real or fictional, using only the letters in the person's name.
||Clue us in
||Come up with creative, funny clues for the words and multi-word terms in the provided grid.
||Wring out the OED
||Make up a false definition for any of the listed OED words.
||Out of network
||Move a current or former TV program (or type of programming) to a different network and explain what would change.
||Write a clever passage whose successive words are one letter longer until the middle of the passage, and then become one letter shorter.
||We'll call them your-mama jokes
||Tell us an original "your mama" joke.
||H W |
||Breed any two "foals" in today's results, or one foal with one of the real horse names used in today's entries--and name the "grandfoal." The name may not exceed 18 characters, including spaces, and your entry shouldn't remotely duplicate any of today's results.
||H H |
||No Googlenopes left
||Come up with a humorous Googlenope.
||H H |
||Send us a cheer or fight song for any pro sports team or any national team.
||Clue Us In
||You supply one or more clues for the words in a filled-in grid.
||Name the Day
||Cite an actual holiday or one of those silly commemorative days, weeks or months for which you can find previous evidence, and supply a snarky description or slogan.
||Supply cutlines, or captions, for any of these newspaper photos.
||Pretty Graphic Expressions
||Express some insight as an equation or other mathematical expression.
||Gorey Thoughts From A to Z
||Send us some rhyming alphabet-primer couplets.
||Mess With Our Heads
||Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from March 15 through 24 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle.
||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.
||H H |
||Boeing Us Silly
||Suggest some comical ways to improve air travel, either in general or for yourself.
||Hurry Up and Slow Down!
||Suggest particular ways that would slow life down, or ways that would speed it up.
||Give Us a Hint
||Offer clues in various situations that something isn't working out well.
||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.
||Know Your Market
||For any of the provided photos, supply two captions: one that would appeal to The Style Invitational and one that would appeal to the Harrisburg Patriot-News.
||Another Time Around the Track
||Breed any two of the winning "offspring" included in the results of Week 708, and name THEIR foal.
||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.
||Here are the covers for what just might be Bob Staake's next four books. What are they called and what are they about?
||Come up with someone's slogan for the 2008 presidential campaign.
||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.
||Send Us the Bill
||Come up legislation the newly-elected members of Congress might sponsor together.
||Everything Being Sequel
||Give a brief scenario for the sequel to a well-known movie.
||Thank it Over
||Tell us some things to be thankful for.
||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.
||Worth at Least a Dozen Words
||Interpret any of the provided cartoons as you see fit in a caption.
||Foaling Down: The Next Generation
||Breed any two of the winning "offspring" included in this week's results, and name THEIR foal.
||Insert Joke Here
||Slip a single bogus sentence into next year's State of the Union address, figuring the Prez will probably just read it right off the teleprompter.
||Life Is Snort
||Write a "Life is Short" entry in under 100 words, in the voice of a celebrity, living or dead.
||Describe someone's special little corner of Hell.
||Life in the Blurbs
||Come up with a blurb used to sell a real or imagined book or movie that would be likely to have the opposite of the intended effect.
||Take any well-known idiom, or expression, and invent an interesting derivation for it.
||H H |
||Supply bad openings to college application biographies.
||Come up with a new punctuation mark. Tell us what it looks like, and what it is used for, and use it in a sentence.
||Coming to a Bad End
||Take some immortal line from literature or film and ruin it by adding a short phrase or sentence.
||Propose bad career choices.