PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR CHRIS DAMM
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.
- 2: 2nd Runner-Up; this is second in esteem after the Win, and earns a Loser the crappy prize that used to go to the Winner.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
- I: Idea for Contest.
||Bill Us Now -- 'joint legislation'
||Combine two or more names from the provided list of the new members of Congress to “co-sponsor” a bill based on their combined last names, and state its purpose
||A different type o' headline contest
||Change a letter in an article or ad in the Post or another publication dated Sept. 13-24 by adding or subtracting one letter; substituting a letter; transposing two letters; or changing spacing or punctuation; and then add a "bank head."
||Mind your P's and B's (and more)
||Replace one or more P's in a word, name, or multi-word term with a B or with another letter and define or describe the results.
||Restocking the Cabinet
||Explain why a particular person -- or thing -- ought to fill a Cabinet post or other U.S. government position.
||H I |
||Give us a "then/now" joke.
||Well, at least …
||Note some good news for the coming year to comfort -- or "comfort" -- those who are depressed about the change of presidential administration.
||Blasted alphabetical contests . . .
||Coin a three-word phrase whose words begin with A, B and C -- in any order -- and describe it.
||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.
||Put it in reverse
||Spell a word, name or phrase backward and define the result in a way that relates to the original.
||A remeaning task
||Redefine an existing word or two-word term beginning with P through Z.
||H H |
||Clue us in -- a backward crossword
||Supply clever, funny clues to up to 25 of the words and multi-word terms in the provided grid.
||A deviant character
||Change the name of person or animal -- real or fictional -- by adding or subtracting one letter; substituting one letter for another; or switching the positions of two nearby letters, and describing the results.
||Punning in place
||Create a new term using only the letters in a place name. You don't have to use all the letters, but you can't use a letter more often than it appears in the word.
||Band on the pun
||Alter the name of a music group or performer slightly -- not necessarily by just one letter, but enough so it's obvious what the original is -- and describe it in some way.
||Tour de Fours X: Go SANE
||Create a new word or two-word term containing the letter block S-A-N-E -- in any order, but consecutively, 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 ...]