||Stick it to us with a magnet
||Suggest a new Style Invitational honorable-mention magnet.
||Clue us in
||Come up with creative, funny clues for the words and multi-word terms in the provided grid.
||Just do it
||Use a well-known advertising slogan for a different company, organization or product to humorous effect.
||Make us ROFL
||Give us a funny, original acronym.
||We now have 4 digits; you now have 7 letters
||Choose any word, name or two-word term beginning anywhere from T through Z; then add one letter, drop one letter, substitute one letter for another, or transpose two adjacent letters, and define the result.
||Set the law on us
||Suggest an odd law for a particular place in the world.
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||Stick it to us
||Suggest a slogan for one of our two new honorable-mention Loser Magnets for 2012-2013.
||Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Washington Post or on washingtonpost.com from Sept. 6 through Sept. 17 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle.
||Tour de Fours VIII: Neologisms
||Come up with a new word or two-word term that includes the letter block N-O-E-L, in any order but with no other letters between them, and define it.
||Our type o' headline
||Change a headline by one letter, or switch two letters, or change spacing or punctuation, in a headline (or most of a headline) appearing on an article or ad in The Washington Post or on washingtonpost.com from Oct. 7 through Oct. 17, and elaborate on it in a "bank" headline (subhead).
||Write an original chiasmus, in which the elements of a phrase are inverted for comedic effect.
||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.
||Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from April 22 through May 2 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle.
||Breed any two of 100 of the almost 400 horses eligible for this year's Triple Crown races, and name the foal.
||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.
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||We move on back
||Move the first letter in a word or name to the end of that word and define the resulting word.
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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 ...]