PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR MAX GUTMANN
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:
- 2: 2nd Runner-Up; this is second in esteem after the Win, and earns a Loser the crappy prize that used to go to the Winner.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
||PolitiCaroling: A song parody contest
||Write a song about something in the news lately -- political or otherwise -- using a Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year's tune.
||Put it in Bee-verse
||Write a humorous poem of eight lines or fewer that includes one of the provided words, all from the 2018 National Spelling Bee.
||Post mortems -- our annual obit poem contest
||Write a humorous poem of no longer than eight lines about someone who died in 2017.
||We GIVE you Limerixicon XIV
||Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "gh-" or "gi-".
||Write a haiku that incorporates a pun.
||We're always happy to verse you
|| Write a humorous poem, of any form, about or “by” the anagram of anyone’s name.
||Tabby Road -- songs for cats
||Write a song for -- or about -- cats or other animals, set to a familiar tune.
||Are 'hew ready? A contest for clerihews
||A clerihew is a humorous four-line rhyming poem about a person whose name is mentioned in the first line; in fact, the name must be at the end of that line (or constitute the whole line) so that it has to rhyme with something. The rhyme structure (and we don't want "lazy" rhymes) is AABB: the first line rhymes with the second, the third with the fourth.
||Supply a humorous limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with the letters "eq-" through "ez-".
||The News Could be Verse
||Translate the fine prose of Washington Post articles into verse. Choose any article appearing in The Post of on its Web site from April 17 through April 25.
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 ...]