PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR MICHAEL REINEMER
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:
- W: Win, whether of the regular contest or the auxiliary contests.
- 1: 1st Runner-Up; rarely seen now, last awarded to Jon Dixon in Week 792.
- 3: 3rd Runner-Up.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
- L: "And Last".
- M: Title for the Honorable Mentions section, first awarded to Meg Sullivan in Week 652.
||In so many words
||Create an original backronym for a name or other term, especially one that's been in the news lately.
||H H |
||Write a clever, funny definition for any of the Loser-concocted neologisms from Week 1014 as well as from Week 1000 that deserve better definitions than their creators offered at the time.
||It's a ... a ...
||Create a new superhero (or duo) and describe the superpower, or not-very-superpower.
||Wring out the OED
||Make up a false definition for any of the listed OED words.
||Make us ROFL
||Give us a funny, original acronym.
||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.
||Breed any two "foals" in today's results, or one foal with one of the real horse names used in today's entries--and name the "grandfoal." The name may not exceed 18 characters, including spaces, and your entry shouldn't remotely duplicate any of today's results.
||Breed any two of 100 of the almost 400 horses eligible for this year's Triple Crown races, and name the foal.
||Lift a word that appears inside a longer word; pair it with the original word to create a phrase; and define it.
||H H W |
||Come up with a creative, somehow fitting sponsor for some public facility or part of one.
||H H |
||We move on back
||Move the first letter in a word or name to the end of that word and define the resulting word.
||Catch their drift
||Take any sentence from an article or ad in The Washington Post or washingtonpost.com from Dec. 3 to Dec. 13 and translate it into "plain English."
||Get a move on
||Change the location of something for humorous effect. Provide an explanation if you wish.
||It's the eponymy, stupid
||Coin a word or expression based on the name of a well-known person, define it, and perhaps use it in a sentence
||Safety in blunders
||Tell us a way to make the nation more secure.
||Make up a false definition for any of the words listed below.
||Small, Let's get
||Write a rhopalic sentence (or fanciful newspaper headline) in which each successive word is one letter shorter.
||Here are your 12 possible answers. Tell us your joke in the form of a question, please.
||Reverse the first half and second half of a word or name and define the result.
||Tell us a sign that the economy couldn't get worse.
||DQ Very Much
||Give us a phrase or sentence that would nip a potential relationship in the bud (or elsewhere).
||Clue Us In
||Give us a whole new set of clues to a crossword puzzle penned by Ace Constructor Paula Gamache.
||DRAWING ON CREATIVITY
||Come up with an idea for a fictional central character for a comic strip based in Washington, D.C., and the environs. Describe your character in as much detail as you wish, and give the strip a name.
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 ...]