PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR VIC KRYSKO
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.
- 4: 4th Runner-Up.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
- L: "And Last".
||The meter's running
||Suggest actions in daily life that should require a time limit -- maximum or minimum -- and come with an appropriate penalty for running over (or under).
||A remeaning task
||Redefine a word in the dictionary beginning with I through O.
||We move on back
||Move the first letter in a word or name to the end of that word and define the resulting word.
||H H |
||Change a movie title by one letter (or number, if the title includes a number) and describe the new film.
||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.
||Provide a sentence or two of lead-in to the first line of a well-known book, poem, or song.
||Make a pun on the name of a familiar group, organization or company, and describe it or provide a quote from it.
||H H |
||The Inside Word
||Take any word -- this may include the name of a person or place -- put a portion of it in quotation marks, and redefine the word.
||For Real Folks
||Suggest some attractions for a Festival of Real American Folklife.
||3 H |
||These objects are not what they seem to be, at first glance. They are something else entirely. What are they?
||4 H |
||Create an original word containing -- in any order -- at least a W, an I, two T's and an E.
||Take Us At Our Words
||Create a humorous poem or other writing using only the words contained in this week's Style Invitational column or results.
||Briefly define or sum up an existing word or short phrase, then change it very slightly and do the same with the result.
||Make up a pun on a familiar name of a real of fictional person and provide a fitting description or quote.
||No Can Do
||Write signs of incompetence.
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 ...]