PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR STEVE GLOMB
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:
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
- L: "And Last".
||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.
||Ask Backwards 36
||Choose any of the 15 provided items and follow it with a question that it could humorously answer.
||Give us a "then/now" joke.
||Less taste, more fill-in
||Give us a novel clue for any word or phrase in which the remaining letters in the provided crossword puzzle fit, across or down.
||We beg you to differ
||Explain how any two (or more) items in the provided list are the same or different, or otherwise connected.
||"Breed" any two of the provided racehorses nominated for this year's Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont; and name the foal to reflect both of them.
||A so-so contest (How so-so is it?)
||Write a humorous exaggeration in the form "x is so y that …"
||Clue us in -- a reverse crossword
||Supply clever, funny clues to up to 25 of the 72 words and multi-word terms in the provided grid.
||H H |
||Stick it to us with a magnet
||Suggest a new Style Invitational honorable-mention magnet.
||Someone else's business
||Name a real brand, along with something else it would be a better name for.
||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.
||Send us the bill
||Combine two or more names from the list of members of Congress on this page to "cosponsor" a bill based on their combined last names, and state its purpose.
||TAXI's the fare for Tour de Fours XI
||Coin a word or hyphenated term that contains the letter block T-A-X-I; the letters may be in any order, but there may be no other letters between them.
||It's mating season
||"Breed" any two from the provided list of 100 of the 3-year-old racehorses nominated for this year's Triple Crown and name the foal to reflect both names.
||Breed any two of this week's winning foals and name the grandfoal.
||Clue us in
||Come up with creative, funny clues for the words and multi-word terms in the crossword puzzle that's already run in The Post.
||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.
||Bill us now
||Combine the names of two or more members of Congress as co-sponsors of a bill.
||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.
||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.
||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.
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 ...]