||Mess with our (or anyone's) heads
||Reinterpret (or comment wryly on) a headline (or a big part of a headline) by writing a bank head, or subtitle.
||Pumping Prime: Amazon reviews
||Send us a humorous "review" (like the provided samples from our earlier contests) for any of the provided items.
||The Tile Invitational VI
||Create a five-, six-, or seven-letter word (or phrase) by scrambling the letters of any of the sets and define it.
||Clue us in -- our reverse crossword
||Supply clever, funny clues for as many as 25 of the 74 words and multi-word terms in the provided grid.
||H H |
||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.
||The Year in Redo, Part 2
||Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1282 through Week 1306.
||One-for-one for all
||Replace one letter in an existing word, name or multi-word phrase with one different letter (in the same place in the word) and define or describe the result.
||All the muse that's fit to print
||Present a "what if" scenario and explain its effect.
||Ask Backwards 37
||Fifteen "answers" are provided. Tell us the questions. Do one or more, up to a total of 25 A&Q's.
||Botch office sensations
||Add "13" to an existing movie title, and some humorous trouble to the plot.
||A different type o' headline contest
||Change a letter in an article or ad in the Post or another publication dated Sept. 13-24 by adding or subtracting one letter; substituting a letter; transposing two letters; or changing spacing or punctuation; and then add a "bank head."
||Mind your P's and B's (and more)
||Replace one or more P's in a word, name, or multi-word term with a B or with another letter and define or describe the results.
||H H |
||Explain how any two of the items in the provided list are similar, different or otherwise linked.
||Write a caption for one or more of the provided pictures.
||A la'ugh' a minute with 'air quotes'
||Highlight part of a word, name or short phrase in "air quotes" to give it a new meaning or description.
||What 4? A limerick contest
||Use a limerick using one of the provided lines as Line 5.
||That is the question
||Choose a line from Shakespeare (or a significant part of a line) and pair it with a question that the line could humorously answer.
||H H |
||Mess with our (or other) heads
||Reinterpret (or comment wryly on) a headline appearing in The Post (print or online) or another publication and dated March 1-12 by writing a bank head.
||Suggest an ill-advised spokesman (dead or alive, or fictional), along with a humorously noooo slogan or jingle.
||H W |
||Clue us in -- a backward crossword
||Supply one or more creative clues for the provided filled-in crossword grid -- as many as 25 clues in all.
||H H |
||Picture this -- a caption contest
||Provide a funny caption for any of the provided cartoons.
||Fashion x fiction: More fake trivia
||Tell us some totally bogus trivia about clothing or fashion.
||Ask Backwards 36
||Choose any of the 15 provided items and follow it with a question that it could humorously answer.
||Offer a quote from a script whose title you've given a different plot.
||Less taste, more fill-in
||Give us a novel clue for any word or phrase in which the remaining letters in the provided crossword puzzle fit, across or down.
||D-E-F Comedy Jam (or E-D-F, etc.)
||Coin a threeword phrase (you may add an insignificant word or two) whose words begin with D, E and F — in any order — and describe it.
||Picture this -- a caption contest
||Write a caption for one or more of the provided cartoons.
||Who's kidding whom?
||Take two people from history, past or present, and tell what their child would be like
||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.
||Invented facts: A fictoid contest
||Tell us a humorously untrue account of how a product or invention came to be, or got its name.
||We want some bad choices
||Offer one or more funny Questions for Terrible People, as shown.
||4 H |
||Give it to us straight
||Take any sentence from an article or ad in any publication dated Oct. 20 to Oct. 31 — or from an online article dated within that period — and translate it into “plain English".
||Hyphen the Terrible
||Combine either half of a hyphenated word or compound term with either half of another such term to create a new hyphenated term, and describe the result humorously.
||Mess with our heads
||Reinterpret (or comment wryly on) a headline appearing in The Post (print or online) and dated Sept. 1-12 by writing a bank head, or subtitle
||Derby or not Derby
||"Breed" any two of the provided racehorses nominated for this year's Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont; and name the foal to reflect both names.
||B all you can B
||Change a word, phrase or name by adding one or more B's, and/or by replacing one or more letters with B's, and define your new term.
||Someone else's business
||Name a real brand, along with something else it would be a better name for.
||Mess with our heads
||Reinterpret (or comment wryly on) a headline appearing in the Post (print or online) Sept. 17-28 by writing a bankhead, or subtitle.
||Yux Redux: Play on a foreign phrase
||Make a word play on a foreign phrase or term (or English phrase using foreign words) and describe it.
||Drone for a loop
||Give us some novel uses for a CICADA micro-drone, assuming that anyone can get one, and that it can have a micro-camera, micro-grips, etc.
||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.
||We want hue so bad
||Invent a name for a color and describe it.
||A pair of threes
||Choose two or three entities represented by a single three-letter combination beginning with E- through H- — see the links at bit.ly/abbrevs-e-h — and say how they are alike or different.
||Good idea! or not.
||Come up with a good idea and, through a small change in wording, a bad idea.
||Playing the dozens
||1. Start with any 12-letter word, name or multi-word phrase.
2. Add one letter OR drop one letter OR substitute another letter OR switch the position of two letters to create a new term, as in the examples given.
3. Define or describe the result humorously.
||It's the stupidity, stupid
||Write us stupid questions that will make us laugh.
||Little piddle riddle
||Ask a question and answer it with a rhyme.
||Time marches Swiftly
||Give us a novel Tom Swifty, playing on either an adverb or a verb (e.g., "We care about the little people, the BP chairman gushed").
||It's mating season
||"Breed" any two from the provided list of 100 of the 3-year-old racehorses nominated for this year's Triple Crown and name the foal to reflect both names.
||The ands have it
||Slightly alter ANY well-known phrase in the form "A-and-B" -- it doesn't have to be Latinate/Anglo-Saxon -- and define it.
||With parens like these …
||Add some words in parentheses to a well-known song title to make it funnier in some way.
||Quote an actual sentence, from The Washington Post, washingtonpost.com, or another print or online publication dated between Dec. 26 and Jan. 6, and follow it with a question that the sentence might answer.
||Just for liffs
||Use a real place name, from anywhere in the world, as a new term.
||The Empy 500
||Explain what news Bob Staake is trying to tell in any of the provided drawings.
||Write a riddle that uses a pun of a person's name in the answer.
||The madding crowd
||Suggest funny, original ways to tick people off.
||Breed any two "foals" in today's results, and name the grandfoal.
||Overlap dance II
||Create a phrase that overlaps two terms, each of two words or more, and describe the result.
||Breed any two of the horses in this year's Triple Crown races and name their foal.
||Send us a creative "review" for any of the provided items that are listed on Amazon.
||Create a phrase by combining a word or phrase with an anagram of that word or phrase, and define or describe it.
||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.
||H H |
||Ask backward XXIX
||You are on "Jeopardy!" You supply the questions for as many of the provided answers as you like.
||They don't say!
||Give us a quote that a particular person, present or past, real or fictional, sooo wouldn't have said.
||Doomed to repeat it
||Create "Unreal Facts" about history.
||Good Luck With 13
||Alter a 13-letter word, phrase or name by one letter (add a letter, drop a letter, switch two letters somewhere in the word, or substitute one letter for another) and describe the result.
||H H |
||Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from April 22 through May 2 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle.
||Bring up the rear
||Move the last letter of an existing word or name to the front of the word, and define the new term.
||Lift a word that appears inside a longer word; pair it with the original word to create a phrase; and define it.
||Your ad here
||Slightly alter an advertising slogan so that someone else could use it.
||We move on back
||Move the first letter in a word or name to the end of that word and define the resulting word.
||Bill us now
||Combine the names of two or more members of Congress as co-sponsors of a bill.