||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.
||Picture This -- It's a Bob Staake caption contest
||Write a caption for any of the cartoons provided.
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||Don't change a letter!
|| Alter a movie title only by changing word spacing, changing capitalization, and adding or deleting punctuation marks, accents, etc., then describe the result.
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||The Rorschach of the crowd
||Interpret one of more of the provided genuine inkblots. You may look at them upside down or sideways.
||Where in the wor(l)d?
||(1) On What3words.com, find one or more humorously appropriate (or ironic) three-word codes at a particular place; or 2) find a three-word code, tell us where it is, and tell us what ought to be there.
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||Someone else's business
||Name a real brand, along with something else it would be a better name for.
||Combine two well-known names into a Twitter handle, and write a tweet (no more than 140 characters and spaces) that that portmanteau person might write.
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||A little sixty-four play
||Fashion an entry by selecting one element from each of the provided menu groups. Make sure you indicate the combination you chose (e.g., 2-C-iii).
||Show us your touché
||Offer an elegantly snide (and original) insult of anyone living or dead.
||One man's trash
||Suggest a humorous way to reuse one or more of the items listed above -- or anything else advertised on RepurposedMaterialsinc.com.
||Drone for a loop
||Give us some novel uses for a CICADA micro-drone, assuming that anyone can get one, and that it can have a micro-camera, micro-grips, etc.
||From the creators of …
||Think up a spinoff of a real TV series, past or present, and furnish a description or bit of dialogue.
||Provide a humorous caption for any of the cartoons provided.
||Breed 'em and weep
||Breed any two of the provided 100 racehorses nominated for this year's Triple Crown events and name the foal the reflect both names.
||Themes good enough for us
||Suggest an existing song to be used as the theme for a TV series or program for comic effect.
||Pun and ink -- the feghoot
||Contrive an elaborate scenario that ends in a novel groaner pun on a familiar expression, title, etc.
||The core ridiculum
||Come up with a comical class (any type of school) and provide a course catalog description.
||Little piddle riddle
||Ask a question and answer it with a rhyme.
||A pair of threes
||Choose two or three entities represented by a single three-letter combination at bit.ly/3letterabs and say how they are alike or different.
||A(t)tribute to your wit
||Alter a well-known quote slightly and attribute it to someone else.
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||The ands have it
||Slightly alter ANY well-known phrase in the form "A-and-B" -- it doesn't have to be Latinate/Anglo-Saxon -- and define it.
||Create a good-bad-ugly progression.
||What's to like?
||Supply an original joke of the form "I like my [your choice] the way I like my [something else of your choice]: [some clever, funny parallel]."
||The 'Sty'le Invitational
||Choose any word, name, or short term; emphasize a key, suddenly pertinent part of it with quotation marks; then redefine the word.
||What's in a name?
||Write something about some person, real or fictional, using only the letters in the person's name.
||Make us ROFL
||Give us a funny, original acronym.
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||Overlap dance II
||Create a phrase that overlaps two terms, each of two words or more, and describe the result.
||Start with any word or name, and create a series of words that change by one letter at a time, until you come up with a related word or name.
||Breed any two of the horses in this year's Triple Crown races and name their foal.
||Putting the SAT in satire
||Give us an analogy using "a is to b as x is to y."
||They don't say!
||Give us a quote that a particular person, present or past, real or fictional, sooo wouldn't have said.
||MASH 2: The Retread
||Combine two movie titles and describe the result.
||We'll call them your-mama jokes
||Tell us an original "your mama" joke.
||A remeaning task
||Redefine a word in the dictionary beginning with I through O.
||Breed any two "foals" in today's results, or one foal with one of the real horse names used in today's entries--and name the "grandfoal." The name may not exceed 18 characters, including spaces, and your entry shouldn't remotely duplicate any of today's results.
||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.
||Lift a word that appears inside a longer word; pair it with the original word to create a phrase; and define it.
||Create a short humorous dialogue -- or a monologue featuring one party -- of a phone call to 911, or a call for help to someone else.
||We move on back
||Move the first letter in a word or name to the end of that word and define the resulting word.
||Supply a caption for any of these cartoons.
||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.
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||Change a movie title by one letter (or number, if the title includes a number) and describe the new film.
||Give a mini-sermon explaining how some innocuous object or event signals the End of Days.
||Worth at Least a Dozen Words
||Interpret any of the provided cartoons as you see fit in a caption.
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||Name Any Good Movies Lately?
||Give us a funny new title for an existing movie.
||Not in the Cards
||Send us ideas for cards that would likely be ruled "FBN" (Funny, But No) by Hallmark but F&YYY by the Empress.
||It Plays to Recycle
||Come up with funny ways to recycle things, people, writing (except for your old Invitational entries) or ideas.
||Show Us Some Character
||Add a character to a book or movie and tell us what happens in it.
||Give us a scenario for a horror novel based on an everyday item.
||Name a product or company and supply a stupid question to ask the consumer hotline person.
||Winter Limp Picks
||Brighten up the Winter Olympics with some new events and rules. Alternatively, you can suggest a commercial or ad campaign that could be tied in with the Winter Games or one of its sports.
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||The Post's Mortems
||Give us a rhyming poem about some notable who died in 2005.
||It's Open Season
||Come up with a brand-new word and its definition. The words must begin with O, P, Q, R or S.
||Dreck of All Trades
||Come up with a business that combines two or more disparate products or services, and tell us its name and/or something else funny about it.
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||Whassa Motto Wid You?
||Give us a slogan or motto for any of the states, the District or the U.S. Territories.
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||What's the Small Idea?
||Do you have a senseless idea for improving the day-to-day lives of everyday Americans?
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||Mess With Our Heads
||Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from today through next Sunday, and change its meaning by adding either a "bank headline," or subtitle, or the first sentence of an article that might appear under it.
||Your Secret Here!
||Send us some original secrets (they don't have to be true).
||Live On, Sweet, Earnest Reader (Inc.)
||Give us an original backronym for a company or product. A backronym is a fake etymology that often gets in a little dig at the subject.
||What's going on in any of these cartoons?
||Write a limerick or other short poem with comically awful rhyming.
||Come up with a comical college class, along with a description for the course catalog.
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||Haven't Seen It
||Make up a new plot for an existing movie title.
||Supply a limerick based on any word in the dictionary (except proper nouns) beginning with bd- through bl-.