1491 The add biz Choose any word, name or phrase beginning with A throough E, then add any single letter of the alphabet to it -- one or more times -- and define the result or show how it would be used. H
1481 Mess with our heads Reinterpret some actual headline (or a major part of it), from any publication, print or online. H
1475 Hail to the Commanders! Write a song (set to any familiar tune) or shouted cheer for the Washington Commanders. OR: Write for any other D.C. institution, e.g., the Metro, the Senate, the National Zoo, The Washington Post. 4
1409 Skip a groove: Drop a letter or more from a song title Drop one or more letters from somewhere in the middle of a song title and describe the new song, and/or quote some lyrics from it. H
1387 Movie clips -- drop letters from the middle of a title Delete one or more letters (they must be consecutive) from the middle of a movie title, and describe the resulting new movie. H H
1379 Your wish: A pun -- a star Tell a joke, in your choice of form, whose punchline is a pun on a song title or lyric. H
1200 The definitive dozen Supply a word, name or multi-word term along with a wry definition or description; together, the term and description must total exactly 12 words. H
1197 Picture This -- It's a Bob Staake caption contest Write a caption for any of the cartoons provided. 2
1185 The Rorschach of the crowd Interpret one of more of the provided genuine inkblots. You may look at them upside down or sideways. H
1184 Plan C -- a third candidate? Explain why some novel person (or thing) should be president; you could also suggest a president-veep ticket. I
1177 The ballad box Write a song related to this year's elections, set to a familiar tune. 4
1161 Give us four Pinocchios Tell us some false "facts" about politicians, present or past. H
1160 A remeaning task Redefine an existing word or two-word term beginning with P through Z. H
1010 Picture this Write a caption for any of the five provided cartoons. H
1008 Switched reels Re-arrange all the words in the title of a movie, and describe the resulting work. H
1003 Just do it Use a well-known advertising slogan for a different company, organization or product to humorous effect. H
998 Set the law on us Suggest an odd law for a particular place in the world. H
995 Ask backwards We give you the "answers" and you supply jokes in the form of a question. H H
959 Out of network Move a current or former TV program (or type of programming) to a different network and explain what would change. H
958 All's Weller Write a "wellerism," a sentence that starts with a quote, often a short proverb, and goes on to include some sort of wordplay on something in the quote. H
956 Give us some bad ideas Finish any of the provided "You know" phrases. H
954 Bring on the 'fight' jokes Tell us an original joke ending with “And then the fight started.” H
940 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 from Oct. 7 through Oct. 17, and elaborate on it in a "bank" headline (subhead). H