PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR SARAH JAY
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key to Ink Types:
- 3: 3rd Runner-Up.
- 4: 4th Runner-Up.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
||Film flam -- movie anagrams
||Rearrange the letters of a title of a movie or play to make a new title, then describe the new work.
||Heading for a foal -- our horse name 'breeding' contest
||Your job is to "breed" any two names of the 360 horses nominated for this year's Triple Crown races and name the "foal" to reflect both names.
||The Tile Invitational V
||Create a five-, six-, or seven-letter word (or phrase) by scrambling the letters of any of the provided sets and define it.
||We GIVE you Limerixicon XIV
||Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "gh-" or "gi-".
||Colt following: The 'grandfoals'
||"Breed" any two of the 61 foal names that got ink this week, and name the offspring to reflect both parents names.
||H H |
||Mergers you wrote: Combine two businesses with puns
||Give a clever name for a combination of two or more businesses.
||The Tile Invitational IV
|| Give us a five-, six- or seven-letter word (or two words) by scrambling the letters of any of the provided sets and define it.
||Send us the bill: Our 'joint legislation' game
||Combine two or more names from the provided list of members of Congress to “co-sponsor” a bill based on their combined last names, and state its purpose.
||Invented facts: A fictoid contest
||Tell us a humorously untrue account of how a product or invention came to be, or got its name.
||Don't change a letter!
|| Alter a movie title only by changing word spacing, changing capitalization, and adding or deleting punctuation marks, accents, etc., then describe the result.
||4 H |
||Put it in Bee-verse
||Write a short, humorous poem using one of the 36 provided words, all from the 2016 National Spelling Bee.
||Good luck with 13
||Make up a word whose Scrabble letter values add up to exactly 13, and define it.
||Derby or not Derby
||"Breed" any two of the provided racehorses nominated for this year's Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont; and name the foal to reflect both names.
||Tell us an original joke whose punchline can't be understood without knowledge -- not necessarily scientific -- that most of us don't have (which you'll supply with a concise explanation).
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 ...]