PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR TERRI BERG SMITH
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, email@example.com.
Key to Ink Types:
- W: Win, whether of the regular contest or the auxiliary contests.
- 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.
- 3: 3rd Runner-Up.
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
- L: "And Last".
- M: Title for the Honorable Mentions section, first awarded to Meg Sullivan in Week 652.
||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 2
||Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1388 through 1412.
||Legends of the fall -- more fictoids
||Tell us some bogus trivia about autumn, or things that happen (or have happened) in autumn.
||Slightly change the name of a nonprofit organization and describe it.
||The lie-zy days of summer
||Tell us some bogus trivia about the summer or things that happen or have happened in the summer.
||Add nauseam: A plus-one contest
||Add a "plus one" to some familiar numerical grouping, true or fictional
||Picture this -- caption these cartoons
||Write a caption, either descriptive or in dialogue, for any of the provided Bob Staake cartoons.
||Of course there are stupid questions!
||Give us stupid questions, especially ones reflecting Our Current Situation.
||Ask Backwards 38
||Sixteen "answers" are provided. Tell us the questions.
||Selected shortened subjects
||Delete one or more letters from the beginning or end (or both) of a movie title and describe the resulting movie.
||Well, at least …
||Note some good news for the coming year to comfort -- or "comfort" -- those who are depressed about the change of presidential administration.
||Futz your sign
||Select a line from one of the horoscopes appearing anytime from Nov. 6 through Nov. 17 in the Washington Post's daily Style or on washingtonpost.com and "clarify" it with a translation or extra "information".
||Bank shots: Mess with (y)our heads
||Quote a headline appearing in the Washington Post, washington.com or another publication, print or headline, dated May 22 to June 1, and supply a "bank" headline that either misinterprets it, as in the examples above, or comments wryly on it.
||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 ...]