PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR JON KETZNER
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.
||Find any sentence (or a substantive part of a sentence) that appears in the Post or another publication, in print or online, dated Feb. 21-March 4, and pair it with a question it might answer.
||The Tile Invitational VI
||Create a five-, six-, or seven-letter word (or phrase) by scrambling the letters of any of the sets and define it.
||Love the tiny tail stain!
||Create an anagram -- a phrase or sentence with the letters rearranged -- of any text (except merely someone's name), of any length.
||Clue us in -- our reverse crossword
||Supply clever, funny clues for as many as 25 of the 74 words and multi-word terms in the provided grid.
||H H |
||Bill Us Now -- 'joint legislation'
||Combine two or more names from the provided list of the new members of Congress to “co-sponsor” a bill based on their combined last names, and state its purpose
||H H |
||Neologisms in TOUR de Fours XV
||Coin a word or multi-word term that contains the letter block T-O-U-R and describe it. The letters may be in any order.
||Nextra! Nextra! The year in preview
||Name some humorous event to happen in 2019.
||H H |
||The Year in Redo, Part 1
||Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1255 through Week 1281.
||Picture this -- or these
||This week you have two choices: (1) Write a caption for one or more of these pictures, or (2) explain what is wrong with the picture. You might also combine two pictures into one -- or all four into one.
||All the muse that's fit to print
||Present a "what if" scenario and explain its effect.
||Ask Backwards 37
||Fifteen "answers" are provided. Tell us the questions. Do one or more, up to a total of 25 A&Q's.
||A different type o' headline contest
||Change a letter in an article or ad in the Post or another publication dated Sept. 13-24 by adding or subtracting one letter; substituting a letter; transposing two letters; or changing spacing or punctuation; and then add a "bank head."
||Really, now? A matter of degree.
||Tell us an indication to some problem, followed by an even more dire sign.
||Humorously translate or explain some part of the U.S. Constitution.
||3 H H |
||Fake gnus: bogus animal trivia
||Tell us a fictoid -- a humorously false "fact" -- about the nonhuman animal kingdom.
||Your results may vary
||Write a funny disclaimer or warning for some product or service.
||The year in redo, Part 1
||Enter (or re-enter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1203 through Week 1229, except for Weeks 1205 and 1206.
||Fashion x fiction: More fake trivia
||Tell us some totally bogus trivia about clothing or fashion.
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 ...]