||Haven't read it -- mis-subtitle a book
||Choose any book title listed on Amazon and misinterpret it by adding a subtitle.
||Nothing but the untruth: Fake trivia about the law
||Give us some bogus trivia about the law -- lawyers, courts, judges, police, odd laws, terminology, what have you.
||Quote a line or so from any Shakespeare work, and exemplify it with a contemporary quote, real or imagined.
||Picture this -- a caption contest
||Write a caption, either descriptive or in dialogue, for any of the provided cartoons.
||Think of a book, movie or song title. Then pair its creator, star, singer, etc., with an unrelated "collaborator" to produce a wordplay on the title.
||H H |
||The Year in Redo, Part 2
||Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1388 through 1412.
||The Year in Redo, Part 1
||Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1360 through 1387, except for Weeks 1361-1363.
||H H |
||Legends of the fall -- more fictoids
||Tell us some bogus trivia about autumn, or things that happen (or have happened) in autumn.
||The news could be verse
||Write a poem based on a recent news article, in which the lines' first letters spell out the title or subject of the poem.
||Ask Backwards XXXIX
||The answers are provided. You supply the questions.
||This is the year that is
||Describe the year 2020 in a novel, colorful metaphor or simile. You may also offer an original graphic.
||'Same difference' for a new time
||Explain how any two of the items in the provided list are similar, different or otherwise linked.
||Don't you want to see new places?
||Change any place name slightly and describe the new place.
||Let's be equinoxious with fictoids about spring
||Tell us some untrue trivia about springtime or things that happen or happened in the spring.
||What's in a name?
||Write something about a well-known person, real or fictional, using only the letters in that person's name.
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 ...]