||Trash talking, 1880-style
||Write a quatrain or -- heck -- two of Balliol rhyme about some person.
||The Tile Invitational VII
||Create a five-, six-, or seven-letter word (or phrase) by scrambling the letters of any of the provided sets and define it.
||Pick me up at work, okay?
||Give a pickup line from someone in a particular profession, or from a particular person or fictional character.
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||The Year in Redo, Part 2
||Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1334 through Week 1359.
||2020 vision -- the year in preview
||Name some humorous news event to happen in 2020.
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||Back up in the air (quotes)
||Write a sentence or two and highlight an "air quote" that spans two or more words (and two sentences if you like).
||Ask Backwards 38
||Sixteen "answers" are provided. Tell us the questions.
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||The inside word
||Highlight part of a word, name or short phrase in "air quotes" to give the word a new meaning or description.
||What's playing at the retroplex
||Change a movie title to its "opposite" by reversing one or more words; then describe the new movie.
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||Hee-rotica -- Steamy prose for unsteamy life
||Write a short steamy scene (100 words would be considered long) about a non-steamy event.
||Revise and extend these remarks
||Go to congress.gov/congressional-record and click on the PDF for any day's Congressional Record. Choose any sentence (or substantial part of one) and write a question that it could answer.
||Write a clever, funny definition for any of the provided Loser-concocted words and phrases, and/or show they'd be used.
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||MRGRS: Mash 2 abbrevs.
||Combine two acronyms or other abbreviations, whether of entities or expressions, into one big one, and describe it, offer a slogan for the new organization, etc.
||Portmanteautapping from E to R
||Coin a portmanteau word beginning with E through R, in which the words overlap by at least two letters, and describe it.
||Not-ables -- slightly alter a famous name
||Slightly alter the name (make sure the original is obvious) of a famous personage -- past or present, real or fictional -- and describe the resulting nonpersonage, or offer a quote from that person, or both.
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||Lidder me this: anagram riddles
||Write a Q&A joke (or an A followed by a Q, if you're into "Jeopardy!") in which the punchline contains an anagram or one or more relevant words or names.
||Mull 'er over: A search for collision
||Combine any two words, names, abbreviations, etc., from anywhere in the redacted Mueller report, in a two-word or hyphenated phrase and define it.
||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.
||Mess with our (or anyone's) heads
||Reinterpret (or comment wryly on) a headline (or a big part of a headline) by writing a bank head, or subtitle.
||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.