PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR JAMES REAGAN
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key to Ink Types:
- 2: 2nd Runner-Up; this is second in esteem after the Win, and earns a Loser the crappy prize that used to go to the Winner.
- 4: 4th Runner-Up.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
- I: Idea for Contest.
||Breed any two of this week's winning foals and name the grandfoal.
||Write a caption for any of the five provided cartoons.
||Clue us in
||Come up with creative, funny clues for the words and multi-word terms in the provided grid.
||A faster break
||Suggest ways to make sports and other leisure activities more time-efficient or exciting.
||Our type o' headline
||Change a headline by one letter, or switch two letters, or change spacing or punctuation, in a headline (or most of a headline) appearing on an article or ad in The Washington Post or on washingtonpost.com from Oct. 7 through Oct. 17, and elaborate on it in a "bank" headline (subhead).
||MASH 2: The Retread
||Combine two movie titles and describe the result.
||Staake it to him
||Write a caption for any of the five pages or details pictured from some of Bob's more than 50 picture books.
||Slightly alter a well-known foreign-language term and define it.
||We'll call them your-mama jokes
||Tell us an original "your mama" joke.
||We WANT stupid complaints!
||Complain comically unreasonably about some innocuous thing appearing in the print Post or on washingtonpost.com over the next week or the previous few days.
||Lift a word that appears inside a longer word; pair it with the original word to create a phrase; and define it.
||H H |
||Look both ways
||Give us a new term that's a palindrome and define it.
||Mess with our heads
||Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from Sept. 10 through Sept. 20 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head."
||Choose any two items from the list above and explain why they are alike or are different from each other.
||What's in a name?
||Take the name of a person or institution. Find within it a hidden message.
||Safety in blunders
||Tell us a way to make the nation more secure.
||Quipped from the headlines
||Write a rhyming couplet about some matter in the news.
||Complete any of the provided "A is like B because" sentences.
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 ...]