PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR DOUG HAMILTON
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.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
||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.
||Write a caption, or captions, for one or more of the provided cartoons.
||You supply the questions to as many of the provided answers as you like.
||The Empy 500
||Explain what news Bob Staake is trying to tell in any of the provided drawings.
||Combine the names of two or more of the First Congress senators and/or representatives to create "joint legislation".
||H H W |
||Built for two
||Give humorous related names for any pair of features in a given building, organization, etc.
||'Might' makes ink
||Give us a joke using any of the using any of the provided "you might be" templates.
||What's the diff?
||Explain how any two of the provided items are alike or different.
||Come up with a term by scrambling any of the letters sets in the provided list, and define it.
||Write a "univocalic" newspaper headline -- one that uses only one vowel throughout.
||Write a caption for any of the five provided cartoons.
||Clue us in
||Come up with creative, funny clues for the words and multi-word terms in the provided grid.
||H H ||
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 ...]