1248 C'mon, fess up! Send us a brief "confession" -- there will be categories for true and just-kidding. H
1141 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. H
891 Mirror, Mirror Write a word-palindrome sentence, in which the first and last words are the same; the second and next-to-last, etc. H
878 Safety in blunders Tell us a way to make the nation more secure. H
672 Just Sign This Write a funny message for an overhead highway sign. H 2
642 It's Open Season Come up with a brand-new word and its definition. The words must begin with O, P, Q, R or S. L
623 Try to Remember Give us an original mnemonic for any list that someone might want to remember. P
592 We Got Gamy Offer us a concise idea for a Super Bowl commercial, or some innovative halftime entertainment, or some inappropriate sponsors, or some ideas for improving the game itself. P
578 Ask Backwards You are on "Jeopardy!" Above are the answers. Send us the questions. H
574 Boor Us Silly Come up with some unwise attempts at humor--one either likely to backfire or to create other unpleasant consequences. H
572 The Limerixicon Supply a limerick based on any word in the dictionary (except proper nouns) beginning with ai- through ar-. H
561 Deform of a Question Take any sentence appearing in The Washington Post or today through June 14, and make up a question to which the sentence could be an answer. H
552 What Kind of Foal Am I? Breed any two of the horses on a list of those qualifying for this year's Triple Crown races, and tell us a good name for their foal. Maximum 18 characters, including spaces. H
548 Inklings Tell us about certain people's childhood experiences and behaviors that hint at their destinies. H H
545 Put It in Reverse Spell a word backward and define it, with the definition relating in some way to the original word. 2
544 You Gotta Have Heart Write us some valentine sentiments from one particular person (real or fictional) to another. H
539 Dead Letters Pay tribute in verse to someone who died in 2003. H
533 Breed Apart Mate the clones of any two famous real people, living or dead--a male and a female, please--and hypothesize what traits or skills their offspring might have. H H
518 Say, Kids, What Time Is It? Fill in the blanks in the following sentence: "You know it's time to ------ when ------. W
514 Ask Backwards You are on "Jeopardy!" These are your answers. What are the questions? H
479 Invest Case Scenario Suggest new companies in which it might be unwise to invest. H
414 No Rest for the Query Complete the provided rhetorical question by filling in the blanks. It must be a put-down. 2
413 Bland Ambition Come up with one or more items from an underachiever's list of midlife resolutions. H H
272 PICTURE THIS What is happening in these cartoons? H
226 GOING WITHOUT Complete some variation of the expression "An A without a B is like a C without a D. H
221 SONG SUNG BROWN Pick any song, pick a well-known line, and give us the discarded first draft. If it is part of a rhyme, you must maintain the rhyme. 3
220 RSVP Provide an answer to any of the dumb questions from Week 217. H
217 NO QUESTION ABOUT IT Come up with truly stupid questions. H H
214 ASK BACKWARDS IX You are on "Jeopardy!" These are your answers. What are the questions? H H H
211 GIVE US THE BACKS OFF YOUR SHIRTS Design the back of the fourth Style Invitational T-shirt, with anything that captures the transcendent indignity of this contest. 2
210 RANDOM MEMO Supply embarrassing "While You Were Out" phone messages that might be left for famous people, in plain sight, while they are away from their desks. L 1
206 HYPHEN THE TERRIBLE II Create a new word by combining the first half of any hyphenated word in today's newspaper with the second half of any other hyphenated word elsewhere in the same story, and supply a definition. H 3
187 RACE TO THE FINISH LINE In 75 words or fewer, continue in a productive fashion the story line of the provided real first lines of famous literary works. H
186 CALLING THE TOON Who are these people? What are they doing? H
171 ON SECOND THOUGHT Ideas that never got off the drawing board, for good reason. H
156 HYPHEN THE TERRIBLE Create new word by combining the first half of a hyphenated word with the second half of a hyphenated word. Both words must appear in the same story anywhere in today's Washington Post. Each entry must provide a definition for the newly created word. H
155 COMPARISON SHOPPING Explain the difference between any two of the above items. L
148 RORSCHACH OF THE CROWD IV Interpret these ink blots. H
141 ASK BACKWARD VII You are on "Jeopardy!" These are the answers. What are the questions? H
137 VELVIS LIVES Come up with a title and/or art gallery blurb for this velvet Elvis painting. H
133 LIKE, WOW. Come up with funny analogies. W L H H H H
132 GIVE US THE BACKS OFF OUR SHIRTS. What should our loser's T-shirt say on the back? Your goal is to somehow capture the spirit of the contest. H H
124 SPOON-FEED US. Come up with spoonerisms, expressions based on the transposition of the initial sounds of two paired words. H
108 NEAR MISSES Come up with the first drafts of great lines in history, entertainment or literature. H