PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR BARRIE COLLINS
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:
- 3: 3rd Runner-Up.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
- T: Revised Title for current or next Week's Results.
||Re-arrange all the words in the title of a movie, and describe the resulting work.
||We now have 4 digits; you now have 7 letters
||Choose any word, name or two-word term beginning anywhere from T through Z; then add one letter, drop one letter, substitute one letter for another, or transpose two adjacent letters, and define the result.
||H H |
||Take a line from any well-known poem and pair it with your own second line to make a humorous couplet.
||Breed any two of the horses in this year's Triple Crown races and name their foal.
||Ask backward XXIX
||You are on "Jeopardy!" You supply the questions for as many of the provided answers as you like.
||Our type o' headline
||Change a headline by one letter, or switch two letters, or change spacing or punctuation, in a headline (or most of a headline) appearing on an article or ad in The Washington Post or on washingtonpost.com from Oct. 7 through Oct. 17, and elaborate on it in a "bank" headline (subhead).
||Slightly alter a well-known foreign-language term and define it.
||3 H H |
||We'll call them your-mama jokes
||Tell us an original "your mama" joke.
||Supply a humorous limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with the letters ea- through -el.
||H H |
||A Banner Week
||Write entirely new, humorous lyrics to the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner”; they can be on any subject.
||H T |
||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.
||Breed any two of 100 of the almost 400 horses eligible for this year's Triple Crown races, and name the foal.
||Bring up the rear
||Move the last letter of an existing word or name to the front of the word, and define the new term.
||Lift a word that appears inside a longer word; pair it with the original word to create a phrase; and define it.
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 ...]