||2020 vision -- the year in preview
||Name some humorous news event to happen in 2020.
||H H |
||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.
||H H |
||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.
||H W |
||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.
||3 H |
||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.
||H H |
||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.
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 ...]