||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 |
||Stick it to us
||Suggest a slogan for one of our two new honorable-mention Loser Magnets for 2012-2013.
||Give us a sentence or short dialogue that would be a lot funnier if a word in it were mistaken for a homophone of that word.
||Say that again
||Double a word, or use a word and its homophone, to make a phrase, and define it.
||Look back in Inker
||Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 891 through 945 (except for Week 896, which was the same contest for the previous year).
||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.
||Ask backward XXIX
||You are on "Jeopardy!" You supply the questions for as many of the provided answers as you like.
||Good Luck With 13
||Alter a 13-letter word, phrase or name by one letter (add a letter, drop a letter, switch two letters somewhere in the word, or substitute one letter for another) and describe the result.
||H R |
||Combine the names of any two pro sports teams -- even from different sports -- and describe the result.
||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
||Look both ways
||Give us a new term that's a palindrome and define it.
||What's in a name?
||Take the name of a person or institution. Find within it a hidden message.
||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 H |
||Combine the first parts of each word in a famous person's or character's name -- in order -- and define it or use it in a sentence that somehow refers to its source.
||Count the ways
||Give us some musings of a technical wonk.
||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.
||H H |
||It's Post time
||Breed any two of 100 of the almost 400 horses eligible for this year's Triple Crown races, and name the foal.
||H H |
||It's incumbent upon us
||Combine the names of two or more freshman members of Congress to create "joint legislation." This week's pool of legislators includes only those who were elected to their seats before 1994, the first year we ran the freshman contest.
||All FED Up
||Create a brand-new word or phrase that contains a block of three successive letters in the alphabet -- but the series must go backward through the alphabet.
||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.
||Create a new homonym (or homophone) for any existing word and define it.
||Up and addin'
||Compose a humorous rhopalic sentence (or multiple sentences) in which each word is one letter longer than the previous word.
||Enter any Style Invitational from Week 790 through Week 840, except for Week 793 and Week 798.
||Food for naught
||Alter the name of a food or dish slightly and describe the result.
||Combine two comic strips that appear in The Washington Post or at washingtonpost.com/comics and describe the results.
||Tour de Fours VI
||Coin and define a humorous word that includes -- with no other letters between them, but in any order -- the letters T, H, R, and E.
||Clue Us In
||You supply one or more clues for the words in a filled-in grid.
||Mess With Our Heads
||Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from Aug. 14 through Aug. 24 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle.
||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.
||2 H H H P |
||Compose a humorous (or at least wry or clever) haiku.
||For Real Folks
||Suggest some attractions for a Festival of Real American Folklife.
||There Will Be Bloodline
||Breed any two of the winning "offspring" included in this week's results, and name their foal.