PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR MARK CALANDRA
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, email@example.com.
Key to Ink Types:
- W: Win, whether of the regular contest or the auxiliary contests.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
||Back to the drawing board
||Come up with an idea for an invention that still needs a bug ironed out.
||H H |
||Love the tiny tail stain!
||Create an anagram -- a phrase or sentence with the letters rearranged -- of any text (except merely someone's name), of any length.
||Clue us in -- our reverse crossword
||Supply clever, funny clues for as many as 25 of the 74 words and multi-word terms in the provided grid.
||H W |
||All the muse that's fit to print
||Present a "what if" scenario and explain its effect.
||Film flam -- movie anagrams
||Rearrange the letters of a title of a movie or play to make a new title, then describe the new work.
||The hex files: creative curses
||Come up with a creative curse.
||Playing the short game
||Using the three-letter Olympic national abbreviations and/or the abbreviation for any college, tell what would happen if one abbreviated team played another.
||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.
||What lies (are) ahead for 2018
||Jokingly predict some news event to happen in 2018.
||Thanking outside the box
||Tell us something to be thankful for.
||Ask Backwards 36
||Choose any of the 15 provided items and follow it with a question that it could humorously answer.
||That movie is SO about you
||Name someone who was the "secret inspiration" for a certain movie.
||We beg you to differ
||Explain how any two (or more) items in the provided list are the same or different, or otherwise connected.
||Mergers you wrote: Combine two businesses with puns
||Give a clever name for a combination of two or more businesses.
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 ...]