||Ask Backwards XXXIX
||The answers are provided. You supply the questions.
||The lie-zy days of summer
||Tell us some bogus trivia about the summer or things that happen or have happened in the summer.
||Second chance (acned conches?) for anagrams
||Describe any of the provided anagram businesses, or offer its slogan.
||No-covid zone -- a neologism contest
||Coin a new word or phrase that lacks C, O, V, I and D and describe it.
||Tour de Fours XIV: SANT is coming
||Coin a word or multi-word term that contains the letter-block S-A-N-T; the letters may be in any order, but there may be no other letters between them.
||Give us a "then/now" joke.
||What in creation . . . ?
||Supply a brief monologue or dialogue about a Creator's specifications or planning for some living being.
||The best tweets in history
|| Write a stupidly disparaging tweet (140 characters or fewer, including spaces) about some laudable figure of past or present, true or fictional.
||B all you can B
||Change a word, phrase or name by adding one or more B's, and/or by replacing one or more letters with B's, and define your new term.
||The 'Sty'le Invitational Red'ux'
||Put quotation marks around part of a word, name or phrase and define the result.
||Are 'hew ready? A contest for clerihews
||A clerihew is a humorous four-line rhyming poem about a person whose name is mentioned in the first line; in fact, the name must be at the end of that line (or constitute the whole line) so that it has to rhyme with something. The rhyme structure (and we don't want "lazy" rhymes) is AABB: the first line rhymes with the second, the third with the fourth.
||One man's trash
||Suggest a humorous way to reuse one or more of the items listed above -- or anything else advertised on RepurposedMaterialsinc.com.
||Right in the pampootie
||Write a humorous short poem (eight lines or fewer) incorporating one of the 50 provided words.
||The song remains the sa
||Supply a real song title that has the end or beginning -- or, what the heck, both -- chopped off and describe it.
||Celebrating our differences
||Each of the provided 17 items appeared in a different Style Invitational compare/contrast contest from 1996 to 2014. Explain how any two of them are alike or different or otherwise linked.
||Some SHARP words
||Coin a word or short term that includes all the letters S, H, A, R, and P.
||H H |
||The mama of all humor
||Write a [Someone’s] Mama joke for some well-known figure, past or present, real or fictional.
||Hearts of dorkness
||Write a humorous Valentine's Day sentiment to someone (or to some organization), either real or fictional -- either from you or from someone else you name. Plus an all-new option: We'll also be willing to run at least one really funny, clever, well-executed graphic.
||A pair of threes
||Choose two or three entities represented by a single three-letter combination beginning with E- through H- — see the links at bit.ly/abbrevs-e-h — and say how they are alike or different.
||Let's get Sirius
||Suggest a new radio channel and describe it.
||It's E-Z Find-a-Word -- your own!
||Create a word or multi-word term that consists of adjacent letters -- in any direction or several directions -- in the provided grid, and provide a humorous definition.
||Hyphen the Terrible
||Combine one side of any hyphenated word or compound term with one side of another word to make a new hyphenated term, and define it humorously. Both halves must appear in the same issue of The Post or another print newspaper, or in writing published the same day on washingtonpost.com or another online publication.
||Alter some moment in history and tell us -- in no more than about 50 words -- the likely outcome.
||Weather or nuts
||Coin a term relating to the weather, climate, etc. -- either literal or figurative -- and define it.
||Clue us in
||Come up with up to 25 creative, funny clues for the words and multi-word terms that appear in the provided grid.
||Come up with a new movie rating and describe it.
||Play it safe
||Come up with a comically safety-conscious rule for the workplace or elsewhere.
||What have you got to lose?
||Answer a question, real or rhetorical, that appears in a song.
||IRS my case
||Schedule A: Suggest a novel way for the government to determine taxes.
Schedule B: Suggest a deduction that you'd like to take, or that some real or fictional person past or present might like to take.
Schedule C: Suggest a cause you'd rather check off $3 for.
||It's like this, see
||Answer a simple question with a ridiculously argued answer citing various connections and parallels.
||Just for liffs
||Use a real place name, from anywhere in the world, as a new term.
||What's to like?
||Supply an original joke of the form "I like my [your choice] the way I like my [something else of your choice]: [some clever, funny parallel]."
||Explain the symbolism "obviously" evident in any well-known site, artwork, etc., in 75 words or fewer.
||Send us some edgy rhyming alphabet-primer couplets. The pairs are AB, CD, EF, GH, IJ, KL, MN, OP, QR, ST, UV, WX, and YZ.
||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.
||Come up with a term by scrambling any of the letters sets in the provided list, and define it.
||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.
||Combine the beginning and end, or the beginnings and ends, of any two words in single Washington Post story or ad published March 21 to April 1 into a new word or two-word phrase, and define the result.
||H H |
||Write a riddle that uses a pun of a person's name in the answer.
||Clue us in
||Come up with creative, funny clues for the words and multi-word terms in the provided grid.
||2 H |
||Wring out the OED
||Make up a false definition for any of the listed OED words.
||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 |
||Supply a humorous limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with the letters "eq-" through "ez-".
||Supply a humorous definition for any of the provided Loser-penned neologisms.
||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.
||Start with any word or name, and create a series of words that change by one letter at a time, until you come up with a related word or name.
||Putting the SAT in satire
||Give us an analogy using "a is to b as x is to y."
||Tour de Fours VIII: Neologisms
||Come up with a new word or two-word term that includes the letter block N-O-E-L, in any order but with no other letters between them, and define it.
||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).
||MASH 2: The Retread
||Combine two movie titles and describe the result.
||Staake it to him
||Write a caption for any of the five pages or details pictured from some of Bob's more than 50 picture books.
||The 400 blows
||Write a humorous poem--choose your form--about the Virginia earthquake, Hurricane Irene or another well-known natural event.
||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.
||Use the title of a movie as the answer to a riddle or other question.
||H L |
||A remeaning task
||Redefine a word in the dictionary beginning with I through O.
||Doomed to repeat it
||Create "Unreal Facts" about history.
||Give Us Willies
||Write an original Little Willie poem, perhaps reflecting our current era. This is a venerable four-line genre in which Master W. does some nasty thing and doesn't tend to learn to be a Good Boy by poem's end.
||Write an original chiasmus, in which the elements of a phrase are inverted for comedic effect.
||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.
||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.
||Your ad here
||Slightly alter an advertising slogan so that someone else could use it.
||Suggest humorous uses for one or more of the items above, alone or in combination.
||Your mug here
||Give us a new design for the Loser Mug.
||Give us an untrue anecdote responding to one of these past Editor's Query topics.
||Bill us now
||Combine the names of two or more members of Congress as co-sponsors of a bill.
||Clue us in
||Send us funny, clever clues for any of the words already in this grid.
||Other people's business
||Describe what might happen if any of the above institutions (a) were run by an institution of your choice or (b) ran an institution of your choice.
||Look Back in Inker
||Enter any Style Invitational from Week 841 through Week 890 (except for Week 844).
||Get a move on
||Change the location of something for humorous effect. Provide an explanation if you wish.
||Tour de Fours VII
||Coin and define a humorous word that includes -- with no other letters between them, but in any order -- the letters P, O, L and E.
||H H |
||It's the eponymy, stupid
||Coin a word or expression based on the name of a well-known person, define it, and perhaps use it in a sentence
||Write a limerick whose third or fourth line is one of those listed above.
||Look both ways
||Give us a new term that's a palindrome and define it.
||Supply a humorous limerick prominently featuring any English word, name or term beginning with the letters dr-.
||What's in a name?
||Take the name of a person or institution. Find within it a hidden message.
||3 H H |
||Our greatest hit
||Start with a real word or multi-word term or name that begins with Q, R or S; add one letter, subtract one letter, replace one letter with another, or transpose two adjacent letters; and define the new word.
||H H |
||Safety in blunders
||Tell us a way to make the nation more secure.
||Oilies but goodies
||Write lyrics somehow related to the oil spill, set to an existing tune.
||Give us a funny Learn From My Fail-type lesson, 30 words or fewer, true or not, in your own words or attributed to a famous personage.
||Back to Square 1A
||Replace the shaded letters in this grid with your own letters to come up with a different word or phrase -- either an existing word or one you make up -- and define it humorously.
||Count the ways
||Give us some musings of a technical wonk.
||Back in the saddle
||Breed any two of the foals in today's results -- OR one foal with one of the actual horses used in today's entries, and name the grandfoal.
||Begin with a real name; append to it a word, name or expression so that they overlap; and finally define (humorously, of course) the resulting phrase.
||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.
||Make up a false definition for any of the words listed below.
||What's not to liken?
||Produce one or more similes in any of the following categories.
||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.
||Going to the shrink
||Downsize the title of a book, movie or play to make it smaller or less momentous and describe it.
||4 H |
||Write a description for any of 50 genuine Loser-created neologisms.
||That's the Ticket!
||Explain why any of the items on the list below is qualified to be President of the United States.
||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.
||Opus 266, No. 3
||Take any common word or two-word term beginning with any letter from A through H and give it a new definition.
||Clue Us In
||Give us a whole new set of clues to a crossword puzzle penned by Ace Constructor Paula Gamache.
||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.
||Just Drop It, Okay?
||Drop the first letter from an actual word or term to make a new word or term, and define it.
||Tour de Fours IV
||Coin and define a humorous word that includes -- with no other letters between them, but in any order you like -- the letters S, A, T and R.