||What's in a name?
||Write something about a well-known person, real or fictional, using only the letters in that person's name.
||H H |
||Pick me up at work, okay?
||Give a pickup line from someone in a particular profession, or from a particular person or fictional character.
||Punku 2: Haiku with puns
||Create a haiku containing a pun or similar wordplay.
||It's IGH time for 3-word phrases
||Make up some entity that might take a three-letter abbreviation of GHI, HGI, GGG, GHH, etc., and then humorously describe it.
||Really, now? A matter of degree.
||Tell us an indication to some problem, followed by an even more dire sign.
||H H |
||Film flam -- movie anagrams
||Rearrange the letters of a title of a movie or play to make a new title, then describe the new work.
||Put it in Bee-verse
||Write a humorous poem of eight lines or fewer that includes one of the provided words, all from the 2018 National Spelling Bee.
||Suggest an ill-advised spokesman (dead or alive, or fictional), along with a humorously noooo slogan or jingle.
||The Tile Invitational V
||Create a five-, six-, or seven-letter word (or phrase) by scrambling the letters of any of the provided sets and define it.
||Cast your Bred upon us
||Write a Lik the Bred verse about someone in the news lately.
||The alternaugural address
|| Write a humorous passage — a “quote,” an observation, a joke, a dialogue, a poem, anything — using only words that appear in Trump’s inaugural address.
||Write a haiku that incorporates a pun.
||H H |
||Try your hand at any of the contests mentioned in this look back.
||Anthem Is as Anthem Does
||Give us a verse for an alternative U.S. national anthem, set to any well-known tune.
||Lost in Translation
||Find us some comical translations-and-back using Google translator. Feed some passage of English text into the tool--25 words max--and ask it to translate it into one of the five languages offered; then copy the result back into the tool and ask it to translate that back to English.
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 ...]