PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR ELLIOTT SHEVIN
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:
- 2: 2nd Runner-Up; this is second in esteem after the Win, and earns a Loser the crappy prize that used to go to the Winner.
- 4: 4th Runner-Up.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
||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.
||Love the tiny tail stain!
||Create an anagram -- a phrase or sentence with the letters rearranged -- of any text (except merely someone's name), of any length.
||Golly gosh, it's Limerixicon XV
||Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term, beginning with "gl-" through "go-".
||Clue us in -- a backward crossword
||Supply one or more creative clues for the provided filled-in crossword grid -- as many as 25 clues in all.
||H H |
|| Combine two movie titles and describe the result.
||H H |
||Colt following: The 'grandfoals'
||"Breed" any two of the 61 foal names that got ink this week, and name the offspring to reflect both parents names.
||The Ideas of March
||Suggest a march for some group or field, along with one or more slogans. (You might also, or instead, comment on the march with some pertinent wordplay.)
||H H |
||Cast your Bred upon us
||Write a Lik the Bred verse about someone in the news lately.
||The best tweets in history
|| Write a stupidly disparaging tweet (140 characters or fewer, including spaces) about some laudable figure of past or present, true or fictional.
||A RIP-roaring year: Obit poems
||Write a humorous poem of no longer than eight lines about someone who died in 2016.
||Clue us in -- a reverse crossword
||Supply clever, funny clues to up to 25 of the 72 words and multi-word terms in the provided grid.
||You've got the powers
||Tell us what you would do if you had one or more of the six magical powers provided.
||Don't be afraid of the dark
||Write lyrics to a song that, in some way, express hope.
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 ...]