||Write a limerick whose third or fourth line is one of those listed above.
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||Quipped from the headlines
||Write a rhyming couplet about some matter in the news.
||Clue us in
||Send us funny, clever clues for any of the words already in this grid.
||Spoonerize a single word or a name by transposing different part of the word (more than two adjacent letters), and define the resultant new term.
||Humorously define or describe something or someone in exactly 10 words.
||Mess With Our Heads
||Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from Aug. 14 through Aug. 24 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle.
||Spit the Difference
||How are any of the items on the list above alike or different?
||Reverse the first half and second half of a word or name and define the result.
||Our Greatest Hit
||Start with a word or multi-word term that begins with I, J, K or L; either add one letter, subtract one letter, replace one letter or transpose two adjacent letters; and define the new word.
||Gripe for the Picking
||Rant about any issue that wouldn't make your top 100 for airing in The Post.
||Tour De Forks
||Supply a name for a restaurant dish named after someone (or some product or organization) and describe it.
||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.
||Take any of the provided witty statements and use the first letters in each of the words to create a brand-new, unrelated funny statement.
||Another Round of Bierce
||Add a few entries to Ambrose Bierce's famous "Devil's Dictionary."
||Take any letter from today's advice columns and answer it in the voice of someone famous, living or dead.
||What's In a Name?
||Take the name of any politician, living or dead, and construct an appropriate message from the letters of the name. You may use any letter as many times as you wish, and you may insert punctuation.
||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.
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||Produce a haiku using only words found in today's Washington Post. Your entry must have three lines, the first containing exactly five syllables, the second containing exactly seven syllables, the third containing exactly five.
||COCKNEY RHYMING SLANG II
||Create hawkers' rhymes for modern-day occupations like lobbyists, lawyers, talk show hosts, actuaries, etc., at a maximum of four lines. It must contain at least one rhyme.
||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.
||H H |
||Come up with spoonerisms, expressions based on the transposition of the initial sounds of two paired words.
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 ...]