||Ask Backwards XXXIX
||The answers are provided. You supply the questions.
||Back on track with our classic 'foal' contest
||"Breed" any two of the provided names of the 100 horses nominated for the 2020 Triple Crown races and name the "foal" to humorously reflect the parents' names.
||The lie-zy days of summer
||Tell us some bogus trivia about the summer or things that happen or have happened in the summer.
||Trope springs eternal
||Use any of the four provided standard settings -- (a) desert island, (b) bartender at a bar, (c) desert, (d) psychiatrist next to a couch -- and describe a cartoon that includes your choice of characters, along with a caption.
||Add nauseam: A plus-one contest
||Add a "plus one" to some familiar numerical grouping, true or fictional
||Second chance (acned conches?) for anagrams
||Describe any of the provided anagram businesses, or offer its slogan.
||Picture this -- caption these cartoons
||Write a caption, either descriptive or in dialogue, for any of the provided Bob Staake cartoons.
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||No-covid zone -- a neologism contest
||Coin a new word or phrase that lacks C, O, V, I and D and describe it.
||H H |
||'Same difference' for a new time
||Explain how any two of the items in the provided list are similar, different or otherwise linked.
||H H |
||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.
||Don't you want to see new places?
||Change any place name slightly and describe the new place.
||H H |
||Of course there are stupid questions!
||Give us stupid questions, especially ones reflecting Our Current Situation.
||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.
||H H |
||For us, it's still Post Time
||"Breed" any two names from the provided list of 100 of the 145 previous Kentucky Derby winners, from 1875 to 2019, and name the foal to humorously reflect the parents' names.
||Let's be equinoxious with fictoids about spring
||Tell us some untrue trivia about springtime or things that happen or happened in the spring.
||Both sides now
||Delete one or more letters (in a row) from a word or brief phrase to find another word, and define it.
||Your wish: A pun -- a star
||Tell a joke, in your choice of form, whose punchline is a pun on a song title or lyric.
||It's (emergency) Parody Time
||Write a song about life in the Age of Corona, set to a familiar tune (or even one of your own, if you perform it on video).
||Make your own March Madness
||Think of some sport, game, art project or other activity that you can conjure up using various items that you might find around the house.
||H H H |
||Mess With Our Heads
||Reinterpret an actual headline (or a major part of it) by adding a bank head, or subtitle.
||Versus' verses in a rap battle
||Write a mini-"rap" between any two characters, real or fictional, as in the provided ERB example.
||2 H H |
||Shoot us some oops
||Tell us a concise original joke that revolves around a typo or misheard word.
||Picture This -- cartoon captions
||Supply a caption for one or more of the provided cartoons.
||The Year in Redo, Part 2
||Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1334 through Week 1359.
||The lyin' in winter: Seasonal fictoids
||Give us some untrue trivia about winter or things that occur in winter.
||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 concept will you be for Halloween?
||Give us a creative, clever idea for a timely Halloween costume (for one or more people) or an idea for a party or other activity. You may even send us a photo of an actual new costume you've created this year.
||H H H |
||Explain humorously how any two or more of the provided items are alike, different or otherwise connected.
||H H |
||Write a clever, funny definition for any of the provided Loser-concocted words and phrases, and/or show they'd be used.
||AZ if -- balancing acts
||Think of a new word or two-word phrase that begins and ends -- either way -- with one of the provided "alphabetically balanced" pairs.
||H H W |
||The confaketionary -- food fictoids
||Tell us some comically false "fact" about food, drink or dining.
||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.
||Songs for a modern error
||Write humorous lyrics about some modern woe, set to a familiar tune.
||Two ways about it
||What's something (printable) you could say in two -- or more -- of the provided situations.
||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.
||H W |
||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.
||Hooked on 'classic': a do-over
||Summarize a book or play by any author, or retell a scene (or even a moment) from one, in the style of some other person.
||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.
||"Breed" any two names from the provided list of 100 horses and name the foal to reflect both names.