PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR JEFF RACKOW
This is what you've done, each Week. I arrange the rows in reverse chronological order, because there are some Losers, and they know who they are, who check up on my points-awarding every Week.But I would just like to reiterate that such checking up is not a problem for me. I have said many times that each Loser's enlightened self-interest is my best QA.
If you wish to see what your ink was, refer to the Master Contest List or search All Invitational Text. Remember that Types I, P, some H, and sometimes A are seen "above the Report" -- that is, if they are listed here for Week 7777, for example, they will be found in text files or images of Week 7777. Everything else will be found in a "Report" section of a file two, three, or four weeks later; 7781 in this Example.
If you see any error, please let me know, email@example.com.
Key to Ink Types:
- W: Win, whether of the regular contest or the auxiliary contests.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
||Putting the 'anoid' in humanoid
||Humorously describe some aspect of our current society as a space alien and/or future anthropologist might interpret it.
||Give it to us straight
||Take any sentence from an article or ad in any publication (print or online) dated July 29 through Aug. 9, 2021, and intepret it in “plain English".
||Clue us in -- and we spill the beans
||Write novel clues for as many as 25 answers in the provided grid, across or down, first substituting your own letters for any covered ones.
||The letters of the laws
||Propose some law -- it doesn't have to be a serious issue -- and give it a name and an acronym,
||Same difference, or missing links
||Choose any two (or more) items from the utterly random list above and say how they're different, alike or otherwise linked.
||H W |
||Haven't seen it: Fun with movie titles
||Misinterpret a movie title in a supposed plot description.
||Go ahead, mate my bay: Grandfoals
||"Breed" any two of this week's inking foal names and name the "grandfoal."
||The On-Our-Way-Back Machine
||Tell us how (in some funny way) things will be different as we emerge from the pandemic.
||Quote a line or so from any Shakespeare work, and exemplify it with a contemporary quote, real or imagined.
||Think of a book, movie or song title. Then pair its creator, star, singer, etc., with an unrelated "collaborator" to produce a wordplay on the title.
||2020: Metaphors for a bleep year
||Make up a word whose Scrabble letter values add up to exactly 14 (no blanks!), and define it.
||The lie-zy days of summer
||Tell us some bogus trivia about the summer or things that happen or have happened in the summer.
||Movie clips -- drop letters from the middle of a title
||Delete one or more letters (they must be consecutive) from the middle of a movie title, and describe the resulting new movie.
||Colt following: It's the grandfoals!
||"Breed" any two of the 70 foal names that got ink this week and name the offspring to reflect both parents' names.
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 ...]