||Picture this -- caption these cartoons
||Write a caption, either descriptive or in dialogue, for any of the provided Bob Staake cartoons.
||'Same difference' for a new time
||Explain how any two of the items in the provided list are similar, different or otherwise linked.
||M T |
||Turning around a business
||Create a business, product, organization or similar entity that contains a word, name or phrase and its anagram, and describe it.
||Colt following: It's the grandfoals!
||"Breed" any two of the 70 foal names that got ink this week and name the offspring to reflect both parents' names.
||Of course there are stupid questions!
||Give us stupid questions, especially ones reflecting Our Current Situation.
||Choose any sentence (not a headline) in an article or ad in The Washington Post or another publication dated May 7 through May 18, and write a question it might humorously answer.
||For us, it's still Post Time
||"Breed" any two names from the provided list of 100 of the 145 previous Kentucky Derby winners, from 1875 to 2019, and name the foal to humorously reflect the parents' names.
||Let's be equinoxious with fictoids about spring
||Tell us some untrue trivia about springtime or things that happen or happened in the spring.
||Both sides now
||Delete one or more letters (in a row) from a word or brief phrase to find another word, and define it.
||Get thee to a funnery
||Add a character (or more) to a Shakespeare play and supply some resulting dialogue.
||Mess With Our Heads
||Reinterpret an actual headline (or a major part of it) by adding a bank head, or subtitle.
||H H H |
||Versus' verses in a rap battle
||Write a mini-"rap" between any two characters, real or fictional, as in the provided ERB example.
||2 H |
||Prime time for some Amazon reviews
||Send us a humorous "review" for any of the provided Amazon-listed items.
||Pick me up at work, okay?
||Give a pickup line from someone in a particular profession, or from a particular person or fictional character.
||H L |
||Tour de Fours XVI -- It's the LIAR club
||Coin a word or multi-word term that contains the letter block L-I-A-R and describe it.
||Dead Letters, our obit poem contest
||Write a poem of eight lines or fewer (plus an optional title) about someone who died in 2019.
||The Year in Redo, Part 2
||Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1334 through Week 1359.
||The Year in Redo, Part 1
||Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1307 through 1333, except for Weeks 1309-1311.
||H L |
||The lyin' in winter: Seasonal fictoids
||Give us some untrue trivia about winter or things that occur in winter.
||H H |
||Ask Backwards 38
||Sixteen "answers" are provided. Tell us the questions.
||The inside word
||Highlight part of a word, name or short phrase in "air quotes" to give the word a new meaning or description.
||What's playing at the retroplex
||Change a movie title to its "opposite" by reversing one or more words; then describe the new movie.
||H H |
||Hee-rotica -- Steamy prose for unsteamy life
||Write a short steamy scene (100 words would be considered long) about a non-steamy event.
||What concept will you be for Halloween?
||Give us a creative, clever idea for a timely Halloween costume (for one or more people) or an idea for a party or other activity. You may even send us a photo of an actual new costume you've created this year.
||Revise and extend these remarks
||Go to congress.gov/congressional-record and click on the PDF for any day's Congressional Record. Choose any sentence (or substantial part of one) and write a question that it could answer.
||Explain humorously how any two or more of the provided items are alike, different or otherwise connected.
||Write a clever, funny definition for any of the provided Loser-concocted words and phrases, and/or show they'd be used.
||AZ if -- balancing acts
||Think of a new word or two-word phrase that begins and ends -- either way -- with one of the provided "alphabetically balanced" pairs.
||The confaketionary -- food fictoids
||Tell us some comically false "fact" about food, drink or dining.
||4 H |
||Well, that's just great -- It’s Limerixicon XVI
||Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "gr-".
||MRGRS: Mash 2 abbrevs.
||Combine two acronyms or other abbreviations, whether of entities or expressions, into one big one, and describe it, offer a slogan for the new organization, etc.
||H H |
||Picture This -- cartoon captions
||Supply a caption for one or more of the provided cartoons.
||Lidder me this: anagram riddles
||Write a Q&A joke (or an A followed by a Q, if you're into "Jeopardy!") in which the punchline contains an anagram or one or more relevant words or names.
||Two ways about it
||What's something (printable) you could say in two -- or more -- of the provided situations.
||Mull 'er over: A search for collision
||Combine any two words, names, abbreviations, etc., from anywhere in the redacted Mueller report, in a two-word or hyphenated phrase and define it.
||H M |
||We'll call them Spellimericks
||Write a humorous limerick that's an acrostic: a pertinent five-letter word or name spelled out by the first letter of each line.
||Spinoff x Time Is Now = Grandfoals Week!
||"Breed" any two of the 65 foal names that got ink this week, and name the offspring to reflect both parents' names.
||"Breed" any two names from the provided list of 100 horses and name the foal to reflect both names.
||Pumping Prime: Amazon reviews
||Send us a humorous "review" (like the provided samples from our earlier contests) for any of the provided items.
||The Tile Invitational VI
||Create a five-, six-, or seven-letter word (or phrase) by scrambling the letters of any of the provided sets and define it.
||Love the tiny tail stain!
||Create an anagram -- a phrase or sentence with the letters rearranged -- of any text (except merely someone's name), of any length.
||H H |
||Punku 2: Haiku with puns
||Create a haiku containing a pun or similar wordplay.
||H H H M |
||Lies, damn lies, with statistics
||Tell us some bogus trivia using "statistics" or some bogus quantitative meaure.
||3 H |
||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
||Dead Letters -- our obit poem contest
||Write a poem of no longer than eight lines about someone who died in 2018.
||The Year in Redo, Part 1
||Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1255 through Week 1281.
||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.
||One-for-one for all
||Replace one letter in an existing word, name or multi-word phrase with one different letter (in the same place in the word) and define or describe the result.
||Hits and Googles
||Find us either a Googlenope -- a phrase in quotation marks that generates no previous hits -- or a Googleyup, a phrase that surprisingly does have hits.
||H H H |
||Botch office sensations
||Add "13" to an existing movie title, and some humorous trouble to the plot.
||H H |
||OK, hivemind! A contest with new Scrabble words
||Choose any two of the words in the provided list as the beginning and end of a humorous word chain of 6 to 14 words or phrases.
||Really, now? A matter of degree.
||Tell us an indication to some problem, followed by an even more dire sign.
||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.
||That is so wrong!
||Supply a trivia question along with both the correct answer and a cleverly "wrong" guess.
||Write a caption for one or more of the provided pictures.
||H H |
||We only have (googly) eyes for you
||Send us a photo of something that you have made funny by pasting googly eyes on it; funny titles and captions are optional.
||Just do it -- the 'real' way
||List some "accurate" directions for using some product or completing some task.
||H M |
||Come into Beeing with neologisms
||From any of the 15 provided Spelling Bee letter sets, coin a new term of one or two words and define it humorously. You may also supply an especially clever or funny definition of a real term.
||H H |
||Heading for a foal -- our horse name 'breeding' contest
||Your job is to "breed" any two names of the 360 horses nominated for this year's Triple Crown races and name the "foal" to reflect both names.
||Mess with our (or other) heads
||Reinterpret (or comment wryly on) a headline appearing in The Post (print or online) or another publication and dated March 1-12 by writing a bank head.
||Suggest an ill-advised spokesman (dead or alive, or fictional), along with a humorously noooo slogan or jingle.
||H H |
||A cry for Yelp: 'Review' any place
||Write a humorous review, positive or negative, of anyplace (real of fictional) one might visit.
||What lies (are) ahead for 2018
||Jokingly predict some news event to happen in 2018.
||H H |
||The year in redo, Part 2
||Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1230 through Week 1254.
||The year in redo, Part 1
||Enter (or re-enter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1203 through Week 1229, except for Weeks 1205 and 1206.
||Picture this -- a caption contest
||Provide a funny caption for any of the provided cartoons.
||It's a med, med, med, med world
||Invent a clever name for a new medical product, and specify the condition it would treat.
||Thanking outside the box
||Tell us something to be thankful for.
||Ask Backwards 36
||Choose any of the 15 provided items and follow it with a question that it could humorously answer.
||C'mon, fess up!
||Send us a brief "confession" -- there will be categories for true and just-kidding.
||Offer a quote from a script whose title you've given a different plot.
||Primed for product reviews
||Send us a creative "review" for any of the provided items that are listed on Amazon.
||We bid you: No T-R-U-M-P
||Coin a new term, or choose an existing one, whose letters do not include a T, R, U, M, or P, and write a humorous definition.
||Give us a "then/now" joke.
|| Combine two movie titles and describe the result.
||TankaWanka 3: Haiku Plus Tu
||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 at least two of the lines must rhyme.
||That movie is SO about you
||Name someone who was the "secret inspiration" for a certain movie.
||O pedantry, O pedantry
||Give us some humorous pedantry.
||Write a haiku that incorporates a pun.
||So what's to liken?
||Take any two items from the provided list and explain how they're similar or different, or connect them some other way.
||An 8-year Re-Onion
||Write a fictional Onion-type headline.
||H H |
||Submit a "Dear Blank" letter to us instead.
||Look Back in Inker
||Enter any Style Invitational from Week 841 through Week 890 (except for Week 844).
||Mess with our heads
||Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from Sept. 10 through Sept. 20 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head."