||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.
||So what's to liken?
||Take any two items from the provided list and explain how they're similar or different, or connect them some other way.
||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.
||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.
||Send us the bill
||Combine two or more names from the list of members of Congress on this page to "cosponsor" a bill based on their combined last names, and state its purpose.
||Futz your sign
||Select a line from one of the horoscopes appearing anytime from Nov. 6 through Nov. 17 in the Washington Post's daily Style or on washingtonpost.com and "clarify" it with a translation or extra "information".
||Come up with a new movie rating and describe it.
||You supply the questions to as many of the provided answers as you like.
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||Derive us crazy
||Offer a bogus but funny explanation of how a particular expression originated.
||Combine any of the words in Hamlet's "To be, or not to be" soliloquy, in any order, to create a humorous sentence or longer passage.
||Hai there, Martians!
||Write one or more humorous haiku that will greet the Martians or share a little nugget of what life is like on Earth.
||What's the diff?
||Explain how any two of the provided items are alike or different.
||What a turnoff
||Tell us some creative things that children and families could do during Screen-Free Week.
||Just do it
||Use a well-known advertising slogan for a different company, organization or product to humorous effect.
||Set the law on us
||Suggest an odd law for a particular place in the world.
||Stick it to us
||Suggest a slogan for one of our two new honorable-mention Loser Magnets for 2012-2013.
||Give us a sentence or short dialogue that would be a lot funnier if a word in it were mistaken for a homophone of that word.
||Combine the beginning and end of any two words or names in this week's Style Invitational or Style Conversational columns to make a new term, and define it.
||Take a line from any well-known poem and pair it with your own second line to make a humorous couplet.
||The overlap dance
||Send us a Before & After "person" whose name combines two people's names, real or fictional (okay, you can use animals' names, too), and describe the person in a funny way.
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||Explain how any two items in the provided list are similar or different.
||Create a new chemical element or other chemical term.
||Small, Let's get
||Write a rhopalic sentence (or fanciful newspaper headline) in which each successive word is one letter shorter.
||Briefly define or sum up an existing word or short phrase, then change it very slightly and do the same with the result.
||Explain how the world would be different had some event not occurred.
||Always Looking for Sects
||Coin a religion or belief system and tell us its basic tenet or distinguishing characteristic.
||A Knack for Anachronism
||Take a famous historical moment, literary passage, or movie scene and place it in an entirely different age.
||Describe any of these Googlewhacks in the form of a question, "Jeopardy"-style.
||Hit Us With Your Best Shot: Photo Contest No. 4
||Illustrate, any way you like, any of the provided five captions with your own original photo.
||Look Back in Inker
||Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 680 through Week 731.
||Write a rhyming couplet containing two words that are anagrams of each other.
||The Course of Humor Events
||Sum up a historical event in a two-line rhyme or other clever and pithy epigram.
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||Come up with a comically false factoid.
||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.
||Everything Being Sequel
||Give a brief scenario for the sequel to a well-known movie.
||Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 640 through Week 688. Every entry must include the word "three" or "third" or a creative variation.
||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.
||Mess With Our Heads
||Take any headline, verbatim, from the Washington Post or its Web site from today through next Sunday, and reinterpret it by writing either a "bank headline"--or subtitle--or the first sentence of an article that changes the original meaning entirely.
||Make a pun or similar wordplay on a book title.