PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR KATHERINE HOOPER
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:
- 3: 3rd Runner-Up.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
- I: Idea for Contest.
||Supply a humorous limerick based on any word in the dictionary (except proper nouns) beginning with ca-.
||A Hearty Har Har
||Write up a Valentine's sentiment to any personage, or to someone in some generic category.
||Dreck of All Trades
||Come up with a business that combines two or more disparate products or services, and tell us its name and/or something else funny about it.
||Full Steam Ahead
||Write a steamy passage of a novel that's ostensibly by some well-known person who isn't a novelist.
||Live On, Sweet, Earnest Reader (Inc.)
||Give us an original backronym for a company or product. A backronym is a fake etymology that often gets in a little dig at the subject.
||Write a limerick or other short poem with comically awful rhyming.
||Supply a limerick based on any word in the dictionary (except proper nouns) beginning with bd- through bl-.
||Our Sunday Constitutional
||Write a new article or amendment to the Constitution, using on the words contained in the existing document (including amendments).
||Oh, and One More Thing
||What was the thing that didn't make the cut on any list?
||Ask Backwards, Erudite Edition
||You are on "Jeopardy!" Here are the sophisticated answers. You supply the questions.
||H H |
||Take a Letter -- Again
||Take a word, term or name that begins with A, B, C or D; either add one letter, subtract one letter, replace one letter, or transpose two letters; and define the new word.
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 ...]