PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR BOB KRUGER
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:
- W: Win, whether of the regular contest or the auxiliary contests.
- 2: 2nd Runner-Up; this is second in esteem after the Win, and earns a Loser the crappy prize that used to go to the Winner.
- 3: 3rd Runner-Up.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
||What concept will you be for Halloween?
||Give us a creative, clever idea for a timely Halloween costume (for one or more people) or an idea for a party or other activity. You may even send us a photo of an actual new costume you've created this year.
||3 H |
||Here's inspo for new-word poems
||Write a poem of eight lines or fewer featuring one or more of these recent additions to m-w.com.
||Write a clever, funny definition for any of the provided Loser-concocted words and phrases, and/or show they'd be used.
||H W |
||MRGRS: Mash 2 abbrevs.
||Combine two acronyms or other abbreviations, whether of entities or expressions, into one big one, and describe it, offer a slogan for the new organization, etc.
||Songs for a modern error
||Write humorous lyrics about some modern woe, set to a familiar tune.
||Picture This -- cartoon captions
||Supply a caption for one or more of the provided cartoons.
||H H |
||Check your (homo)phones
||Invent a homophone--a word that sounds the same as an existing word but is spelled differently--and define it.
||H H H |
||Punku 2: Haiku with puns
||Create a haiku containing a pun or similar wordplay.
||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
||Nextra! Nextra! The year in preview
||Name some humorous event to happen in 2019.
||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.
||PolitiCaroling: A song parody contest
||Write a song about something in the news lately -- political or otherwise -- using a Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year's tune.
||Ask Backwards 37
||Fifteen "answers" are provided. Tell us the questions. Do one or more, up to a total of 25 A&Q's.
||H W |
||As the word turns
||“Discover” a word or multiword term that consists of adjacent letters — in any direction or several directions — in the provided grid, and provide a humorous definition.
||H H |
||It's parody time: Oldies for newsies
||Write some song lyrics about something in the news these days, set to a familiar tune.
||Just do it -- the 'real' way
||List some "accurate" directions for using some product or completing some task.
||Suggest an ill-advised spokesman (dead or alive, or fictional), along with a humorously noooo slogan or jingle.
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 ...]