PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR JAN BRANDSTETTER
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:
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
||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.
||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.
||It's Post time
||Breed any two of 100 of the almost 400 horses eligible for this year's Triple Crown races, and name the foal.
||It's incumbent upon us
||Combine the names of two or more freshman members of Congress to create "joint legislation." This week's pool of legislators includes only those who were elected to their seats before 1994, the first year we ran the freshman contest.
||It's easy as DEF
||Create a brand-new word or phrase that contains a block of three successive letters in the alphabet; the series must go forward in the alphabet, not backward.
||The Inside Word
||Take any word -- this may include the name of a person or place -- put a portion of it in quotation marks, and redefine the word.
||H H |
||There Will Be Bloodline
||Breed any two of the winning "offspring" included in this week's results, and name their foal.
||What Kind of Foal Am I?
||Breed any two of the 100 horses eligible for this year's Triple Crown and provide an appropriate name for their foal.
||What Kind of Foal Am I?
||Breed any two from a list of 100 of the horses eligible for this year's Triple Crown races and provide an appropriate name for their foal.
||Foaling Down: The Next Generation
||Breed any two of the winning "offspring" included in this week's results, and name THEIR foal.
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 ...]