||The lie-zy days of summer
||Tell us some bogus trivia about the summer or things that happen or have happened in the summer.
||Picture this -- a caption contest
||Write a caption for one or more of the provided cartoons.
||H H |
||The Tile Invitational IV
|| Give us a five-, six- or seven-letter word (or two words) by scrambling the letters of any of the provided sets and define it.
||From the creators of …
||Think up a spinoff of a real TV series, past or present, and furnish a description or bit of dialogue.
||Breed 'em and weep
||Breed any two of the provided 100 racehorses nominated for this year's Triple Crown events and name the foal the reflect both names.
||'Might' makes ink
||Give us a joke using any of the using any of the provided "you might be" templates.
||In so many words
||Create an original backronym for a name or other term, especially one that's been in the news lately.
||Come up with a term by scrambling any of the letters sets in the provided list, and define it.
||Faux re mi
||Give us some humorously false trivia about music or musicians.
||Re-arrange all the words in the title of a movie, and describe the resulting work.
||A Life-Time opportunity
||Combine two magazines or journals and describe the result, supply a marketing pitch, or suggest a story or two that it might publish.
||Suppose public-TV shows, past or present, were turned out onto the open market to make a living on commercial TV. Tell us what would happen.
||Debunk a "Sixth Myth" about one of more of the recent "5 Myths" topics provided.
||Overlap dance II
||Create a phrase that overlaps two terms, each of two words or more, and describe the result.
||Write a "wellerism," a sentence that starts with a quote, often a short proverb, and goes on to include some sort of wordplay on something in the quote.
||H W |
||Create a phrase by combining a word or phrase with an anagram of that word or phrase, and define or describe it.
||H H |
||Tour de Fours VIII: Neologisms
||Come up with a new word or two-word term that includes the letter block N-O-E-L, in any order but with no other letters between them, and define it.
||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.
||H H |
||Doomed to repeat it
||Create "Unreal Facts" about history.
||Come up with a terrible bit of miscasting in a movie or TV show, past or present, real or imagined.
||Roling With Laughter
||Take a character from one movie, use him or her to replace a character in a second movie, and then explain how this change would affect the second movie.
||H H ||
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 ...]