||As the Word Turns
||"Discover" a word or multiword term that consists of adjacent letters -- in any direction or several directions, up, down, back, forth, diagonally -- in the provided grid, and provide a humorous definition.
||Putting the 'anoid' in humanoid
||Humorously describe some aspect of our current society as a space alien and/or future anthropologist might interpret it.
||Let's have a get-together
||Begin with a real name; append to it a word, name or expression so that they overlap; and finally define or "quote" the resulting phrase or name.
||Give it to us straight
||Take any sentence from an article or ad in any publication (print or online) dated July 29 through Aug. 9, 2021, and intepret it in “plain English".
||It's a whole new all-game
||Slightly change the name of a sport, sports event or similar pastime to create a new one, and briefly describe it.
||Vowel Movement: The Musical
||Choose a song title; remove all the vowels; then add back as many vowels as you like to create a new title, and describe the song. You might also provide a line or two of lyrics.
||One-offs: A 'typo' neologism contest
||You're a fat-fingered typist: Change a word, name or phrase by either adding or substituting one letter that's adjacent (in any direction) to the original one on a regular QWERTY keyboard, or by doubling the correct letter.
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||Choose any sentence (not a headline!) in an article or ad in The Washington Post or another publication dated April 22 through May 3, and write a question it might humorously answer.
||Back to racing speed with the 'foals'
||"Breed" any two of the provided names of the 100 horses nominated for the 2021 Triple Crown races and name the "foal" to humorously play off both parents' names.
||Rocky of ages, or Badenov for you?
||State any historical event -- right up to 2021 -- in the provided "A, or B" format.
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||Mess with our (or others') heads
||Reinterpret an actual headline (or a major part of it) by adding a bank head, or subtitle.
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||We Bee back -- a neologism contest
||From any of the 30 provided Spelling Bee letter sets, coin a new term or phrase and describe it humorously. You must use the first letter in the set (anywhere in the word) plus any or all of the others, as often as you like.
||Muddled heads: Headline anagrams
||Choose a headline (or part of a headline) in any print or online publication dated Feb. 11-22 and rearrange all its letters into an anagram.
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||Alternaugural Address '21
||Write a humorous passage -- a "quote", an observation, a joke, a dialogue, a poem, anything -- using only words that appear in Biden's inaugural address.
||Send us the bill -- 'joint legislation'
||Combine two or more names from the provided list of the new members of Congress to “co-sponsor” a bill based on their combined last names, and state its purpose.
||Tour de Fours XVII: Just Undo It
||Coin a word or multi-word term containing the letters U-N-D-O -- consecutive but in any order -- and describe it.
||The Year in Redo, Part 1
||Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1360 through 1387, except for Weeks 1361-1363.
||We're finna give you some new words
||Write a poem of eight lines or fewer featuring one or more of the provided terms. The terms must be used as they're defined in the new m-w.com listing.
||Back end of a Bulwer
||Write a humorously awful final sentence or two to an imaginary novel.
||Slightly change the name of a nonprofit organization and describe it.
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||Ask Backwards XXXIX
||The answers are provided. You supply the questions.
||Add nauseam: A plus-one contest
||Add a "plus one" to some familiar numerical grouping, true or fictional
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||Second chance (acned conches?) for anagrams
||Describe any of the provided anagram businesses, or offer its slogan.
||TankaWanka 4: Haiku plus tu
||Write a TankaWanka about something that's been in the news lately.
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||Movie clips -- drop letters from the middle of a title
||Delete one or more letters (they must be consecutive) from the middle of a movie title, and describe the resulting new movie.
||Colt following: It's the grandfoals!
||"Breed" any two of the 70 foal names that got ink this week and name the offspring to reflect both parents' names.
||Choose any sentence (not a headline) in an article or ad in The Washington Post or another publication dated May 7 through May 18, and write a question it might humorously answer.
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