PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR NANCY DELLA ROVERE
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key to Ink Types:
- 4: 4th Runner-Up.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
||Shakespeare + Thee: Tailgaters
||Select any line from a work by Shakespeare (poetry or prose) and pair it with your own line to create a humorous rhyming couplet.
||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.
||Picture this -- or these
||This week you have two choices: (1) Write a caption for one or more of these pictures, or (2) explain what is wrong with the picture. You might also combine two pictures into one -- or all four into one.
||As the word turns
||“Discover” a word or multiword term that consists of adjacent letters — in any direction or several directions — in the provided grid, and provide a humorous definition.
||Offer a quote from a script whose title you've given a different plot.
||We GIVE you Limerixicon XIV
||Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "gh-" or "gi-".
||Name and describe a new life form -- and no letter in the term may be used twice.
||We want some bad choices
||Offer one or more funny Questions for Terrible People, as shown.
||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.
||Gestures of depreciation
||Suggest ways to celebrate National Love Your Lawyer Day -- or a made-up "holiday" celebrating some other profession.
||It's E-Z find-a-word -- yours
||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.
||Stick it to us with a magnet
||Suggest a new Style Invitational honorable-mention magnet.
||A DICEy situation
||Coin a word or multi-word term that contains the letter block D-I-C-E.
||You're giving us a bad name
||Cite a REAL brand name, past or present, note its original use, and then say what sort of product, organization, etc., that name would be bad for.
||The meter's running
||Suggest actions in daily life that should require a time limit -- maximum or minimum -- and come with an appropriate penalty for running over (or under).
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 ...]