||Trope springs eternal
||Use any of the four provided standard settings -- (a) desert island, (b) bartender at a bar, (c) desert, (d) psychiatrist next to a couch -- and describe a cartoon that includes your choice of characters, along with a caption.
||Second chance (acned conches?) for anagrams
||Describe any of the provided anagram businesses, or offer its slogan.
||No-covid zone -- a neologism contest
||Coin a new word or phrase that lacks C, O, V, I and D and describe it.
||H H |
||Turning around a business
||Create a business, product, organization or similar entity that contains a word, name or phrase and its anagram, and describe it.
||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.
||Of course there are stupid questions!
||Give us stupid questions, especially ones reflecting Our Current Situation.
||It's (emergency) Parody Time
||Write a song about life in the Age of Corona, set to a familiar tune (or even one of your own, if you perform it on video).
||Pick me up at work, okay?
||Give a pickup line from someone in a particular profession, or from a particular person or fictional character.
||H H |
||The Year in Redo, Part 2
||Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1334 through Week 1359.
||The Year in Redo, Part 1
||Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1307 through 1333, except for Weeks 1309-1311.
||The lyin' in winter: Seasonal fictoids
||Give us some untrue trivia about winter or things that occur in winter.
||H H H |
||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.