PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR RICHARD LEMPERT
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:
- 1: 1st Runner-Up; rarely seen now, last awarded to Jon Dixon in Week 792.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
- I: Idea for Contest.
||The lyin' in winter: Seasonal fictoids
||Give us some untrue trivia about winter or things that occur in winter.
||Show us your touché
||Offer an elegantly snide (and original) insult of anyone living or dead.
||You and what army? Military fictoids
||Give us some comically bogus trivia about the military, past or present, ours or theirs.
||Heed! Indeed: Advice verse
||Write one of the provided reminders as a humorous poem of eight lines or fewer.
||Our type o' headline
||Change a headline in an article or ad in the Washington Post and then add a "bank head" or subtitle.
||Built for two
||Give humorous related names for any pair of features in a given building, organization, etc.
||Write a humorous poem about someone who died in 2011.
||Tour de Fours VIII: Neologisms
||Come up with a new word or two-word term that includes the letter block N-O-E-L, in any order but with no other letters between them, and define it.
||Give us a humorous example of the "shocking -- not."
||Come up with a humorous name for a guide or manual for, or a book about, a particular enterprise or organization.
||Write a limerick or other short poem with comically awful rhyming.
||Take This, Job, and …
||Come up with some entertainingly awful things that a Job's comforter might offer. A Job's comforter is someone who seems to be offering sympathy but instead just makes the person feel worse, either intentionally or unintentionally.
||Slightly change the title of a TV show, past or present, and describe it.
||H H H |
||Make a pun or similar wordplay on a book title.
||Redefine any word from the dictionary.
||United We Stanza
||Summarize in four rhyming lines of verse any famous document, theory, principle or speech.
||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.
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 ...]