PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR JACK MCBROOM
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.
||Slightly change the name of a nonprofit organization and describe it.
||As the word turns
||Create a word or multi-word term that consists of adjacent letters -- in any direction or several directions -- in the provided grid, and provide a humorous definition.
||The Tile Invitational IV
|| Give us a five-, six- or seven-letter word (or two words) by scrambling the letters of any of the provided sets and define it.
||Send us the bill: Our 'joint legislation' game
||Combine two or more names from the provided list of members of Congress to “co-sponsor” a bill based on their combined last names, and state its purpose.
||Tour de Fours XIII: What's there to NOVE?
||Coin a word or multi-word term that contains the letter block N-O-V-E.
||Nyetymologies: fake word origins
||Provide a humorously untrue explanation for the derivation of a word.
||A ______ of collective nouns
||Propose one or more funny new names for groups of things.
||3 H |
||Give us four Pinocchios
||Tell us some false "facts" about politicians, present or past.
||Clue us in -- a backward crossword
||Supply clever, funny clues to up to 25 of the words and multi-word terms in the provided grid.
||A deviant character
||Change the name of person or animal -- real or fictional -- by adding or subtracting one letter; substituting one letter for another; or switching the positions of two nearby letters, and describing the results.
||Provided are 15 answers, separated by asterisks. You supply the questions.
||The Tile Invitational III
||Give us a five-, six-, or seven-letter word (or two words) by scrambling the letters of any of the provided seven-letter sets.
||Celebrating our differences
||Each of the provided 17 items appeared in a different Style Invitational compare/contrast contest from 1996 to 2014. Explain how any two of them are alike or different or otherwise linked.
||Punning in place
||Create a new term using only the letters in a place name. You don't have to use all the letters, but you can't use a letter more often than it appears in the word.
||When you riff upon a store
||Use a wordplay on a song title as a name or slogan for a real or imagined business.
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 ...]