PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR MARY LOU FRENCH
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, email@example.com.
Key to Ink Types:
- W: Win, whether of the regular contest or the auxiliary contests.
- 1: 1st Runner-Up; rarely seen now, last awarded to Jon Dixon in Week 792.
- 3: 3rd Runner-Up.
- 4: 4th Runner-Up.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
- L: "And Last".
||Another brilliant contest
||Write something whose words begin with consecutive letters of the alphabet.
||Think to Shudder
||Come up with scenarios that are even more awkward (and more imaginative) than the wincers mentioned above.
||Truly Stupendous Ideas
||Name two people with the same initials (the people can be living or dead, real or fictional) and explain how they are similar or different.
||Another Brilliant Contest! Do Enter!
||Write us a sentence or phrase consisting of words beginning with consecutive letters, in the A-to-Z direction.
||Suggest creative uses for things you've already used, or never will use, or other disposable household thingies, singly or in combination.
||You are on "Jeopardy!" These are the answers. What are the questions?
||Create a sentence that uses each letter of the alphabet at least once but that would never be heard on the politically correct, genteel, rarified air of NPR.
||Hyphen the Terrible
||Take the first half of any hyphenated word from any story in today's newspaper and combine it with the second half of any other hyphenated word in the same story, and propose a definition of the new word you've created.
||The "Sty"le Invitational
||Take any word--this may include people or places--put a portion of it in "air quotes" and redefine it. You may not alter the spelling.
||4 H H |
||Come up with a line that will surely not appear in an upcoming work.
||Select one subject, one verb, and one object from the provided lists, and then answer the riddle you create.
||Greasy Kids Tough
||Take any news event from history, recent or ancient, large or small, and rewrite it in 100 words or fewer as it might have appeared in KidsPost.
||THE "STY"LE INVITATIONAL
||Choose any word and emphasize a single part of it, as though you were saying the word out loud with "air quotes" around the key part. Then redefine the word. You cannot alter the spelling of the word.
||3 H H |
||THE STYLE INVITATIONAL: HELL
||Take the name of a person or institution. Find within it a hidden message. You may add spacing and punctuation, but you may not move letters around.
||BEFORE AND AFTERMATH
||Begin with a real name, append to it a word, name or expression that completes the bridge, and finally define the resulting phrase.
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 ...]