||Quote an actual sentence, from The Washington Post, washingtonpost.com, or another print or online publication dated between Dec. 26 and Jan. 6, and follow it with a question that the sentence might answer.
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||Count the ways
||Give us some musings of a technical wonk.
||No Googlenopes left
||Come up with a humorous Googlenope.
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||Spoonerize a single word or a name by transposing different part of the word (more than two adjacent letters), and define the resultant new term.
||It's Post time
||Breed any two of 100 of the almost 400 horses eligible for this year's Triple Crown races, and name the foal.
||Going to the shrink
||Downsize the title of a book, movie or play to make it smaller or less momentous and describe it.
||Find any sentence (or a substantive part of a sentence) that appears in The Post or in an article on washingtonpost.com from Dec. 11 through Dec. 21 and come up with a question it might answer.
||Oh, and One More Thing
||What was the thing that didn't make the cut on any list?
||Find two well-known movies, plays, or TV shows whose title have a significant word in common, combine their titles, and describe the hybrid.
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||Comeback Next Week
||Come up with original snide retorts to various rude questions or comments.
||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.
||So What's the News?
||Tell us what the illustrated events are.
||Take the two subject listings at the top of any page of the Yellow Pages and create a dictionary definition for the compound word they form.
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||History Loves Company
||Name an appropriate corporate sponsor for some historical event or for someone's life story.
||Send Us the Bill
||Come up with a bill sponsored by any combination of the newly elected members of Congress and explain the purpose of the bill.
||God's Will (and Won't)
||Complete either of the following: "If God hadn't wanted us to ----, God wouldn’t have ----"; "If God had wanted us to ----, God would have ----."
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||Put It in Reverse
||Spell a word backward and define it, with the definition relating in some way to the original word.
||You Gotta Have Heart
||Write us some valentine sentiments from one particular person (real or fictional) to another.
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||Come up with both an object/situation and a neologism for it, something that Bob Levey would never have stooped to print in his column.
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||Celled Up the River
||Give us a delicious scenario, in which a cellphone yakker's yakking could be taken profitably out of context.
||Around Things Moving
||Take the title of any book or movie, rearrange the words, and explain what the new book or movie is about.
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||Hard to Overstate
||Propose ways to make modern life just a little bit harder than it needs to be.
||Hyphen the Terrible
||Take the first half of any hyphenated word in today's Washington Post (or Tuesday's USA Today) and combine it with the second half of any other hyphenated word in the same story, and define the new word it produces.
||Insert Joke Here
||Slip a single bogus sentence into next year's State of the Union address, figuring the Prez will probably just read it right off the teleprompter.
||It's Delete We Can Do
||Come up with very bad subject lines for spam e-mail--lines that will guarantee instant deletion, sight unseen.
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||Live On, Sweet, Earnest Reader
||Take the name of any person--living, dead, fictional--and use the letters of his name, in succession, to form the first letters of an expression appropriate to that person.
||The Battle of All Mottoes
||Provide a slogan for any federal department agency, department, office, etc.
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||The Rule of Dumb
||You are given $1 million. Conditions: (1) You must spend it all. (2) You must use it in a way that neither directly nor indirectly works to your financial benefit. (3) You may not use it to alleviate the suffering of anyone on Earth, or for any public-spirited project other than the joy of stupidity.
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||Take any sentence appearing anywhere in today's Washington Post and make it the answer to a question.
||You are on "Jeopardy!" These are the answers. What are the questions?
||Come up with signs that a presidential campaign might be in trouble.
||THE STYLE INVITATIONAL SOUVENIR SHOP
||Come up with bad names for a new store at a mall.
||THE CONCEPT CONCEPT
||Come up with a situation for a "People Unclear on the Concept" cartoon. Describe the situation and supply any necessary dialogue.
||Suggest a motto for the "tails" side of any of the state-themed quarters.
||SONG SUNG BROWN
||Pick any song, pick a well-known line, and give us the discarded first draft. If it is part of a rhyme, you must maintain the rhyme.