||Picture this -- a caption contest
||Write a caption, either descriptive or in dialogue, for any of the provided cartoons.
||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.
||Give us a funny Learn From My Fail-type lesson, 30 words or fewer, true or not, in your own words or attributed to a famous personage.
||What Kind of Foal Am I?
||Breed any two of the more than 400 horses eligible for this year's Triple Crown races and provide an appropriate name for their foal.
||Give us an original name in any of the above categories (not an actual badly named product).
||You are on "Jeopardy!" Here are the answers. You supply one or more of the questions.
||Doctrine in The House?
||State a humorous, original "doctrine" for a person or other entity.
||Clue Us In
||Give us a whole new set of clues to a crossword puzzle penned by Ace Constructor Paula Gamache.
||Come up with a more objectionable or stupid toy than a working fart-powered toy rocket.
||Just Sign This
||Write a funny message for an overhead highway sign.
||It's Post Time
||Breed any two from a list of 100 of the more than 400 3-year-old racehorses nominated for this year's Triple Crown races, and name their hypothetical foal. The foal's name cannot exceed 18 characters and spaces combined.
||What's the Small Idea?
||Do you have a senseless idea for improving the day-to-day lives of everyday Americans?
||Thine Ad Goest Here
||Propose biblical and other literary passages, poems, etc., that could benefit from product placement.
||Give Eric Murphy advice he deserves on the provided questions.
||Suggest creative uses for things you've already used, or never will use, or other disposable household thingies, singly or in combination.
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||The New York Post
||Liven up any article appearing in The Washington Post or its Web site over the next eight days by giving it an irresponsibly sensationalistic headline.
||And the Horse He Rodin On
||Come up with some words we can stick in the back of The Inker.
||A Cellebration of Tasteful Living
||Come up with ways that Martha Stewart can prettify and improve her new prison surroundings using only her skills, her impeccable taste and those resources available to her.
||It All Impends
||Tell us what is something unusual about to happen in the provided cartoons.
||Life Is Snort
||Write a schmaltzy last line of a "Life Is Short."
||A Word From Our Co-Sponsors
||Come up with bills the new members of Congress might sponsor. Each bill must have at least two sponsors.
||Come up with a new punctuation mark. Tell us what it looks like, and what it is used for, and use it in a sentence.
||Tell us what is missing in each of the provided cartoons.
||THE "STY"LE INVITATIONAL
||Choose any word and emphasize a single part of it, as though you were saying the word out loud with "air quotes" around the key part. Then redefine the word. You cannot alter the spelling of the word.
||Send in some pleasant observation, in which you take a really cheerful or heartwarming view of something that less charitable people might conceivably see differently.
||HYPHEN THE TERRIBLE
||Take any story in today's paper, find a word that breaks with a hyphen at the end of a line, and combine it with the second half of different hyphenated word in the same story. Then supply a definition for the new hybrid word.
||THE STALE INVITATIONAL
||Begin with a word. Add, subtract or change a single letter only, and then provide a new definition.
||Take any word from the dictionary and redefine it.
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||QUOTH THE MAVEN
||Take any famous line, change it by one letter only (add, subtract or change a single letter), and reattribute it.
||BAD NEWS, GOOD NEWS
||Supply a silver lining for any scourge or social ill facing America or the world.
||Answer any of the provided questions unwisely.
||Translate things politicians say into what they really mean.
||Come up with very, very bad advice for first-time visitors to Washington.
||Complete this sentence, "I should be elected President of the United States because…" and launch your campaign.
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||Come up with paired, themed ladies' room and men's room signs for various types of public places.
||Come up with Seinfeld-isms: whiny, quirky musings on little questions of life.
||GADGET IF YOU CAN
||Choose one or more of these devices and describe their use.
||WHY IS POOP FUNNY?
||Come up with creative answers to any of the five questions above that might be asked by a 5-year-old.
||WHAT KIND OF FOAL AM I?
||Take a list of horses nominated to the Triple Crown races this year, choose any two, and propose a name for their offspring.
||Come up with the opening lines of a book so bad it will compel you to stop reading immediately; maximum 50 words.
||Come up with the first drafts of great lines in history, entertainment or literature.
||Who are these people, and what are they doing?
||WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?
||Come up with Good Ideas and then convert them to Bad Ideas through slight changes in wording.
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||YOUR CHEATIN' ART
||Come up with titles for country music songs featuring any one or more of the following themes: cheatin', thievin', drinkin', truckin', lovin' or dogs.
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||Come up with a great answer to any previous Style Invitational contest, an answer you may have thought of after the contest was over.
||H H H |
||ASK BACKWARD IV
||You are on "Jeopardy!" These are the answers. What are the questions?
||Come up with bad ideas for new toys for the Christmas season.
||H H H |
||GIVE US SOME GOOD NEWS
||Come up with ways things are going to be different now that Republicans have ascended to power.
||H H H |
||WEST EASY, ANN
||Come up with good things about West Virginia, in 50 words of fewer.
||Come up with funny excuses for various malfeasances.
||THE RORSCHACH OF THE CROWD II
||What do these ink blots mean?
||Modernize an old quote or expression by altering its ending.
||2 H |
||REDUCTIO AD ABSURDUM
||Come up with an easy way to reduce the federal deficit, in 20 words or fewer.
||5 H H |
||A WEEK THAT WILL LIVE IN EUPHEMY
||Write us a funny euphemism.
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