||Be caustic by acrostic
||Review or otherwise describe a movie, book, play or TV show (or Internet equivalent) with words whose first letters spell out the name of the work.
||Come up with a double book with a humorous connection; the first title must be an actual book, while the other may be your own fictitious title or a second real book.
||Create a phrase by combining a word or phrase with an anagram of that word or phrase, and define or describe it.
||Write a haiku--a sentiment that can be broken into three lines with exactly five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, five in the third--on any subject that's been in the news in the last couple of weeks.
||Quipped from the headlines
||Write a rhyming couplet about some matter in the news.
||Let's play Nopardy
||Describe any of the above phrases in the form of a question.
||Begin with a real name; append to it a word, name or expression so that they overlap; and finally define (humorously, of course) the resulting phrase.
||No Googlenopes left
||Come up with a humorous Googlenope.
||Our Greatest Hit
||Start with a real word or multi-word term or name that begins with M, N, O, or P; add one letter, subtract one letter, replace one letter or transpose two adjacent letters; and define the new word.
||H H |
||Compose a humorous (or at least wry or clever) haiku.
||Create an original word containing -- in any order -- at least a W, an I, two T's and an E.
||Take Us At Our Words
||Create a humorous poem or other writing using only the words contained in this week's Style Invitational column or results.
||The Pepys Show
||Write a humorous diary or journal entry for someone, famous or not, for any point in history.
||H I |
||Suggest a new cable TV channel, with a description or example of its programming.
||Write a humorous poem commemorating someone who died in 2008.
||Our Greatest Hit
||Start with a word or multi-word term that begins with I, J, K or L; either add one letter, subtract one letter, replace one letter or transpose two adjacent letters; and define the new word.
||Location, Location, Location
||Say how you know you're in a particular place.
||Combine any two sports or nonathletic activities into a single sport or game.
||Always Looking for Sects
||Coin a religion or belief system and tell us its basic tenet or distinguishing characteristic.
||Look This Up in Your Funk & Wagnalls
||Supply the pair of terms listed at the top of a page of any print dictionary to indicate the first and last listings on the page, and define that hyphenated term.
||Using any of the words of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, in whatever order you like, create your own passage.
||2 H I I |
||The Might-Mates Right
||Fill out any of these five "you just might" joke-templates.
||H H |
||Opus 266, No. 3
||Take any common word or two-word term beginning with any letter from A through H and give it a new definition.
||Write a humorous poem about a well-known personage who died in 2007.
||H H H |
||Boeing Us Silly
||Suggest some comical ways to improve air travel, either in general or for yourself.
||Well, What Do You Know?
||Tell us what Major Life Lessons can be derived from any of these venues or situations.
||So What's To Liken?
||Take any two items from the utterly random list above and explain how they are different or how they are similar.
||Look Back in Inker
||Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 680 through Week 731.
||H W |
||Write a rhyming couplet containing two words that are anagrams of each other.
||Just Drop It, Okay?
||Drop the first letter from an actual word or term to make a new word or term, and define it.
||Time-Wastes For Everyman
||Describe activities that make entering The Style Invitational seem like a constructive use of one's time.
||Beggars For Description
||Describe, without being boring, a cartoon to fit any of the provided captions.
||M T |
||Abridged Too Far
||Sum up a book, play or movie in a humorous rhyming verse of two to four lines.
||Name Your Poison
||Create a name and recipe for a cocktail and, if you like, describe when it might be served.
||Pitch Us a No-Hitter
||Send us some genuine Googlenopes. A Googlenope is a phrase or very brief sentence that, entered into the Google search engine with quotation marks around it, produces no hits.
||H H H |
||The Hard Spell
||Write a humorous poem featuring one of the 75 words we've selected from this year's National Spelling Bee.
||H H H |
||What Would YOU Do?
||Use only the words appearing in "The Cat in the Hat" to create your own work of "literature" of no more than 75 words.
||Come up with someone's slogan for the 2008 presidential campaign.
||Write a poem about someone who died in 2006.
||Spell a word backward and define the result, somehow relating the definition to the original word.
||2 H |
||The News Gets Verse
||Sum up wittily in verse -- but not a limerick -- any article appearing in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from Aug. 28 through Sept. 4.