||Songs for a modern error
||Write humorous lyrics about some modern woe, set to a familiar tune.
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||Shakespeare + Thee: Tailgaters
||Select any line from a work by Shakespeare (poetry or prose) and pair it with your own line to create a humorous rhyming couplet.
||Chapter and worse
||Tell or describe a Bible story, or another classical or folk tale, very briefly (75 words would be lengthy) in the voice of a particular author or other person.
||Pumping Prime: Amazon reviews
||Send us a humorous "review" (like the provided samples from our earlier contests) for any of the provided items.
||Dead Letters -- our obit poem contest
||Write a poem of no longer than eight lines about someone who died in 2018.
||The Year in Redo, Part 2
||Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1282 through Week 1306.
||Neologisms to di- for
||Replace a digraph in an existing word or phrase with another digraph to make a new term.
||Tell us a Fib(onacci)
||Write a humorous poem of 20 syllables divided among six lines like this: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8. And a least two -- any two -- of the lines must rhyme.
||A, we're Adorbs: New-word poems
||Use one or more of these words new to M-W.com in a humorous poem of eight lines max.
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||Really, now? A matter of degree.
||Tell us an indication to some problem, followed by an even more dire sign.
||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.
||Bobbing for Witte words
||Come up with both an object/situation and a neologism for it.
||It's parody time: Oldies for newsies
||Write some song lyrics about something in the news these days, set to a familiar tune.
||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.
||That is so wrong!
||Supply a trivia question along with both the correct answer and a cleverly "wrong" guess.
||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.
||Colt following: The 'grandfoals'
||"Breed" any two of the 68 foal names that got ink this week, and name the offspring to reflect both parents' names, in the style of today's inking entries.
||H H |
||Come into Beeing with neologisms
||From any of the 15 provided Spelling Bee letter sets, coin a new term of one or two words and define it humorously. You may also supply an especially clever or funny definition of a real term.
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||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.
||Yodel Doyle's praises with a D-O-Y-L-E neologism
||Coin a new word or phrase that contains the letters D, O, Y, L and E.
||The Tile Invitational V
||Create a five-, six-, or seven-letter word (or phrase) by scrambling the letters of any of the sets and define it.
||Post mortems -- our annual obit poem contest
||Write a humorous poem of no longer than eight lines about someone who died in 2017.
||What lies (are) ahead for 2018
||Jokingly predict some news event to happen in 2018.
||The year in redo, Part 1
||Enter (or re-enter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1203 through Week 1229, except for Weeks 1205 and 1206.
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||Tour de Fours XIV: SANT is coming
||Coin a word or multi-word term that contains the letter-block S-A-N-T; the letters may be in any order, but there may be no other letters between them.
||Inkorporation--a change-one-letter contest
||Change the name of a present or past business, store or agency (not just a product) by adding one letter, deleting one letter, transposing two letters or substituting one letter for another.
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||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.
||The Sound of Science
||Write humorous lyrics on the subject of science or technology, set to a well-known tune.
||We beg you to differ
||Explain how any two (or more) items in the provided list are the same or different, or otherwise connected.
||"Breed" any two of the provided racehorses nominated for this year's Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont; and name the foal to reflect both of them.
||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.
||A RIP-roaring year: Obit poems
||Write a humorous poem of no longer than eight lines about someone who died in 2016.
||Could we just have a do-over? Yes, we could.
||Enter (or re-enter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1149 to 1201, except for Week 1152, last year's do-over.
||Don't be afraid of the dark
||Write lyrics to a song that, in some way, express hope.
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||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.
||You're workin' on a chain, gang
||Create a chain of no more than 15 proper nouns — names of people (real or fictional), products, places, etc. — including one title of a work — in which each name relates somehow to the previous one.
||Gee, it's Limerixicon XIII!
||Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "ge".
||Just short words, one more time
||Explain some concept or philosophy entirely in words of one syllable.
||Just drop it, okay?
||Drop the last letter from an existing word, phrase or name and define the result.
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||Put it in Bee-verse
||Write a short, humorous poem using one of the 36 provided words, all from the 2016 National Spelling Bee.
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||The ballad box
||Write a song related to this year's elections, set to a familiar tune.
||H W |
||Colt following -- It's time for the grandfoals
||"Breed" any two of the 57 foal names that got ink this week and name the offspring to reflect both parents' names.
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||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.
||Put it in reverse
||Spell a word, name or phrase backward and define the result in a way that relates to the original.
||Write a humorous poem of no longer than eight lines about someone who died in 2015.
||Choose a title of a book, movie, play or TV show; drop all the vowels (including Y when it's used as a vowel); then add your choice of vowels -- as many as you like -- to create a new work; and describe it.
||Tabby Road -- songs for cats
||Write a song for -- or about -- cats or other animals, set to a familiar tune.
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||Oops? You do it again.
||Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 1098 through Week 1148, except for Week 1101, last year's do-over.
||Are 'hew ready? A contest for clerihews
||A clerihew is a humorous four-line rhyming poem about a person whose name is mentioned in the first line; in fact, the name must be at the end of that line (or constitute the whole line) so that it has to rhyme with something. The rhyme structure (and we don't want "lazy" rhymes) is AABB: the first line rhymes with the second, the third with the fourth.
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||One man's trash
||Suggest a humorous way to reuse one or more of the items listed above -- or anything else advertised on RepurposedMaterialsinc.com.
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||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.
||Colt Following: 'Grandfoals'
||"Breed" any two of the 65 foal names that got ink this week and name the offspring to reflect the parents' names.
||Breed 'em and weep
||Breed any two of the provided 100 racehorses nominated for this year's Triple Crown events and name the foal the reflect both names.
||You got another sing coming
||Write a song about a topic or person lately in the news, set to a familiar tune.
||Our occasional parodies
||Write a song celebrating someone's birthday or other personal occasion (rather than, say, a holiday), set to a familiar tune.
||Send us the bill
||Combine two or more names from the list of members of Congress on this page to "cosponsor" a bill based on their combined last names, and state its purpose.
||A lit obit of fun
||Write a humorous poem of no longer than eight lines about someone who died in 2014.
||The year in redo
||Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 1047 through Week 1097, except for Week 1050.
||TAXI's the fare for Tour de Fours XI
||Coin a word or hyphenated term that contains the letter block T-A-X-I; the letters may be in any order, but there may be no other letters between them.
||It's E-Z Find-a-Word -- your own!
||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.
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||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.
||Limerixicon XI: Fi-, fo-, go!
||Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "Fl-" through "fo-".
||McGonagall with the windiness
||Memorialize a modern "tragedy" in a poem burdened with hilariously overwrought verse; lame, forced rhymes; and painfully uneven meter. Get the badness across in one verse of no more than eight lines.
||Little piddle riddle
||Ask a question and answer it with a rhyme.
||H I |
||Let's go parody-hopping
||Describe a stage or movie musical in a parody of a song from a different musical.
||H I |
||The Tile Invitational
||Come up with a 5-, 6-, or 7-letter term by scrambling any of the given seven-letter ScrabbleGram sets, and define it.
||Alter some moment in history and tell us -- in no more than about 50 words -- the likely outcome.
||Create a good-bad-ugly progression.
||Songs for the asking
||Take a sentence, phrase or title from a song and provide a funny question it might answer.
||Supply a humorous limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "fa-".
||The 'Sty'le Invitational
||Choose any word, name, or short term; emphasize a key, suddenly pertinent part of it with quotation marks; then redefine the word.
||Write a descriptive theme song for a well-known movie, set to a well-known tune.
||In so many words
||Create an original backronym for a name or other term, especially one that's been in the news lately.
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||Send us some edgy rhyming alphabet-primer couplets. The pairs are AB, CD, EF, GH, IJ, KL, MN, OP, QR, ST, UV, WX, and YZ.
||Try your hand at any of the contests mentioned in this look back.
||What's in a name?
||Write something about some person, real or fictional, using only the letters in the person's name.
||Write a humorous poem about anyone who died in 2012.
||Wring out the OED
||Make up a false definition for any of the listed OED words.
||Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 946 through Week 995, except for Week 948.
||Write a short "rap battle" between any two characters, real or fictional.
||Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Washington Post or on washingtonpost.com from Sept. 6 through Sept. 17 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle.
||Another brilliant contest
||Write something whose words begin with consecutive letters of the alphabet.
||The parody line
||Set your own, humorous words to the tune of a well-known song--except that you must preserve one of the original lines.
||Write a question that "ought to" be on a qualifying test for a particular job.
||The madding crowd
||Suggest funny, original ways to tick people off.
||Eat our dust!
||Write a limerick humorously describing a book, play, movie, or TV show.
||Trends and neighbors
||Choose any two items on the provided list and explain how they are alike or different.
||Breed any two "foals" in today's results, and name the grandfoal.
||Start with any word or name, and create a series of words that change by one letter at a time, until you come up with a related word or name.
||Breed any two of the horses in this year's Triple Crown races and name their foal.
||The overlap dance
||Send us a Before & After "person" whose name combines two people's names, real or fictional (okay, you can use animals' names, too), and describe the person in a funny way.
||Out of network
||Move a current or former TV program (or type of programming) to a different network and explain what would change.
||Write a clever passage whose successive words are one letter longer until the middle of the passage, and then become one letter shorter.
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||Give us some bad ideas
||Finish any of the provided "You know" phrases.
||Write a humorous poem about someone who died in 2011.
||Look back in Inker
||Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 891 through 945 (except for Week 896, which was the same contest for the previous year).
||H H H |
||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.
||Slightly alter a well-known foreign-language term and define it.
||The 400 blows
||Write a humorous poem--choose your form--about the Virginia earthquake, Hurricane Irene or another well-known natural event.
||Explain how any two items in the provided list are similar or different.
||We'll call them your-mama jokes
||Tell us an original "your mama" joke.
||Now sit right back ...
||Write a funny song introducing a TV show, past or present.
||Write a very short four-line “poem” promoting a product or company, or offering advice to drivers; the poem must rhyme, in ABAB or ABCB rhyme scheme. A fifth, non-rhyming line may state the product name or a conclusion.
||A remeaning task
||Redefine a word in the dictionary beginning with I through O.
||Create a new chemical element or other chemical term.
||A Banner Week
||Write entirely new, humorous lyrics to the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner”; they can be on any subject.
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||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.
||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.
||We move on back
||Move the first letter in a word or name to the end of that word and define the resulting word.
||What's the good news?
||Take any sentence, or substantive part of a sentence, or a headline from an article or ad in The Washington Post or washingtonpost.com from Jan. 7 to Jan. 18 and make it sound upbeat (or not so bad).