||Versus' verses in a rap battle
||Write a mini-"rap" between any two characters, real or fictional, as in the provided ERB example.
||What to your wondering eyes will appear?
||Write a humorous passage -- a "quote", an observation, a joke, a dialogue, a poem, anything -- using only words that appear in "A Visit From St. Nicholas" (a.k.a "The Night Before Christmas").
||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."
||Your results may vary
||Write a funny disclaimer or warning for some product or service.
||Inkorporation--a change-one-letter contest
||Change the name of a present or past business, store or agency (not just a product) by adding one letter, deleting one letter, transposing two letters or substituting one letter for another.
||It's a med, med, med, med world
||Invent a clever name for a new medical product, and specify the condition it would treat.
||A so-so contest (How so-so is it?)
||Write a humorous exaggeration in the form "x is so y that …"
||Mess with our heads
||Reinterpret (or comment wryly on) a headline appearing in The Post (print or online) and dated Sept. 1-12 by writing a bank head, or subtitle
||Choose a title of a book, movie, play or TV show; drop all the vowels (including Y when it's used as a vowel); then add your choice of vowels -- as many as you like -- to create a new work; and describe it.
||Right in the pampootie
||Write a humorous short poem (eight lines or fewer) incorporating one of the 50 provided words.
||Our occasional parodies
||Write a song celebrating someone's birthday or other personal occasion (rather than, say, a holiday), set to a familiar tune.
||The mama of all humor
||Write a [Someone’s] Mama joke for some well-known figure, past or present, real or fictional.
||Send us the bill
||Combine two or more names from the list of members of Congress on this page to "cosponsor" a bill based on their combined last names, and state its purpose.
||Write a TankaWanka about something that's been in the news lately. The poem must consist of five lines of 5, 7, 5, 7 and 7 syllables in that order. And it must include at least one rhyme.
||TAXI's the fare for Tour de Fours XI
||Coin a word or hyphenated term that contains the letter block T-A-X-I; the letters may be in any order, but there may be no other letters between them.
||Ask backwards with our answers, your questions
||Supply the questions to as many of the 16 supplied answers as you like.
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||Eww-venirs: Ideas for gift shops
||Suggest a humorous--but NOT horribly tasteless--tchotchke, T-shirt, etc., from a real or imagined gift shop at a particular tourist site.
||Send us some double dactyls that conform to Gene Weingarten's rules.
||It's a small, small world
||Write a humorous poem of no more than eight lines -- it doesn't have to rhyme -- using only the top 1,000 words on Wiktionary.org's list of the most common among 20 million words found in movie and TV scripts.
||Weather or nuts
||Coin a term relating to the weather, climate, etc. -- either literal or figurative -- and define it.
||You supply the questions to as many of the provided answers as you like.
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||Faux re mi
||Give us some humorously false trivia about music or musicians.
||Write a riddle that uses a pun of a person's name in the answer.
||Just do it
||Use a well-known advertising slogan for a different company, organization or product to humorous effect.
||Supply a humorous definition for any of the provided Loser-penned neologisms.
||A real triple crown
||The horses in this week's list either produced no inking "foals" in Week 965, or ran in the Kentucky Derby but weren't on the initial list. "Breed" any two and name the foal.
||Send us a creative "review" for any of the provided items that are listed on Amazon.
||Bring on the 'fight' jokes
||Tell us an original joke ending with “And then the fight started.”
||MASH 2: The Retread
||Combine two movie titles and describe the result.
||Write an original chiasmus, in which the elements of a phrase are inverted for comedic effect.
||Write a caption for any of the cartoons pictured here.
||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.
||What's the good news?
||Take any sentence, or substantive part of a sentence, or a headline from an article or ad in The Washington Post or washingtonpost.com from Jan. 7 to Jan. 18 and make it sound upbeat (or not so bad).
||Combine the names of any two pro sports teams -- even from different sports -- and describe the result.
||Let's play Nopardy
||Describe any of the above phrases in the form of a question.
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||What's not to liken?
||Produce one or more similes in any of the following categories.
||Create a new homonym (or homophone) for any existing word and define it.
||Write a brief (50 words or fewer) holiday letter from a personage from past or present, or from fiction.
||Here are your 12 possible answers. Tell us your joke in the form of a question, please.
||Frittering away the neurons
||Give us some more colorfully useful phrases; they don't have to be in the X'ing-the-Y form.
||Overlap two words that share two or more consecutive letters -- anywhere in the word, not just at the beginning or end -- into a single longer word, and define it. AND your portmanteau word must begin with a letter from A through D.
||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.
||Ripped Off From the Headlines
||Send us some Onion-type headlines.
||Mess With Our Heads
||Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from March 15 through 24 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle.
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||Merge two or more company or product names into a new, ORIGINAL company or product.
||Take any sentence that appears in The Post or in an article on washingtonpost.com from March 24 through April 2 and come up with a question it could answer.
||Our Greatest Hit
||Take a word, term or name that begins with E, F, G or H; either add one letter, subtract one letter, replace one letter, or transpose two letters; and define the new word.
||Just Sign This
||Write a funny message for an overhead highway sign.
||A Thousand Times?! No!
||Come up with a new signature line for Russell Beland's -- or anyone else's -- e-mails.
||Whassa Motto Wid You?
||Give us a slogan or motto for any of the states, the District or the U.S. Territories.
||Take a Letter -- Again
||Take a word, term or name that begins with A, B, C or D; either add one letter, subtract one letter, replace one letter, or transpose two letters; and define the new word.
||Come up with an appropriate name for a cafeteria--or meeting room, or an employee lounge, or some other workplace spot--for a particular institution.
||Spinning Out of Control
||Take a headline in today's Washington Post and create a subhead that spins the story in an opposite or unexpected direction.
||Take any direct quotation from any article in today's Washington Post and translate it into "plain English."