||Put it in bee-verse! Or . . .
||Write a humorous poem of eight lines or fewer that includes at least one of the provided words, used in Round 9 or later of this year's Scripps National Spelling Bee; OR: write a joke in Q&A form that uses at least one of the words.
||What 4? A limerick contest
||Use a limerick using one of the provided lines as Line 5.
||C'mon, fess up!
||Send us a brief "confession" -- there will be categories for true and just-kidding.
||A so-so contest (How so-so is it?)
||Write a humorous exaggeration in the form "x is so y that …"
||Colt following -- It's time for the grandfoals
||"Breed" any two of the 57 foal names that got ink this week and name the offspring to reflect both parents' names.
||Tell us an original joke whose punchline can't be understood without knowledge -- not necessarily scientific -- that most of us don't have (which you'll supply with a concise explanation).
||B all you can B
||Change a word, phrase or name by adding one or more B's, and/or by replacing one or more letters with B's, and define your new term.
||Tabby Road -- songs for cats
||Write a song for -- or about -- cats or other animals, set to a familiar tune.
||Oops? You do it again.
||Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 1098 through Week 1148, except for Week 1101, last year's do-over.
||Someone else's business
||Name a real brand, along with something else it would be a better name for.
||Mess with our heads
||Reinterpret (or comment wryly on) a headline appearing in the Post (print or online) Sept. 17-28 by writing a bankhead, or subtitle.
||One man's trash
||Suggest a humorous way to reuse one or more of the items listed above -- or anything else advertised on RepurposedMaterialsinc.com.
||Right in the pampootie
||Write a humorous short poem (eight lines or fewer) incorporating one of the 50 provided words.
||The Tile Invitational III
||Give us a five-, six-, or seven-letter word (or two words) by scrambling the letters of any of the provided seven-letter sets.
||Celebrating our differences
||Each of the provided 17 items appeared in a different Style Invitational compare/contrast contest from 1996 to 2014. Explain how any two of them are alike or different or otherwise linked.
||Awww together now
||Write us a humorous headline -- from the past, present, or future -- that puts an optimistic perspective on some otherwise not-so-promising news.
||When you riff upon a store
||Use a wordplay on a song title as a name or slogan for a real or imagined business.
||Send us the bill
||Combine two or more names from the list of members of Congress on this page to "cosponsor" a bill based on their combined last names, and state its purpose.
||Show your resolve
||Suggest a New Year's resolution that someone might make 100 or more years in the future.
||Themes good enough for us
||Suggest an existing song to be used as the theme for a TV series or program for comic effect.
||H H |
||Talk undirty to us
||Write a humorous poem in any form (no more than eight lines) that includes one or more of the provided words; the word must make sense in the poem in its TRUE meaning.
||It's E-Z Find-a-Word -- your own!
||Create a word or multi-word term that consists of adjacent letters -- in any direction or several directions -- in the provided grid, and provide a humorous definition.
||Falsity is Job One
||Send us some fictoids about cars and trucks and driving and stuff.
||An iffy proposition
||Suggest some humorous action that you would take if you were in someone's position, more or less in the form "If I were _____ my first act would be _____."
||It's mating season
||"Breed" any two from the provided list of 100 of the 3-year-old racehorses nominated for this year's Triple Crown and name the foal to reflect both names.
||Combine any of the words in Hamlet's "To be, or not to be" soliloquy, in any order, to create a humorous sentence or longer passage.
||Find something offensive about an inoffensive name of a product, organization, place, etc.
||Supply a humorous limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "fa-".
||Combine the names of two or more of the First Congress senators and/or representatives to create "joint legislation".
||Come up with a term by scrambling any of the letters sets in the provided list, and define it.
||Write a clever, funny definition for any of the Loser-concocted neologisms from Week 1014 as well as from Week 1000 that deserve better definitions than their creators offered at the time.
||Breed any two of the horses nominated for this year's Triple Crown races and give the foal a name humorously reflecting the names of the parents.
||Combine the beginning and end, or the beginnings and ends, of any two words in single Washington Post story or ad published March 21 to April 1 into a new word or two-word phrase, and define the result.
||Write a riddle that uses a pun of a person's name in the answer.
||H H |
||Try your hand at any of the contests mentioned in this look back.
||Clue us in
||Come up with creative, funny clues for the words and multi-word terms in the provided grid.
||Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 946 through Week 995, except for Week 948.
||Write a short "rap battle" between any two characters, real or fictional.
||Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Washington Post or on washingtonpost.com from Sept. 6 through Sept. 17 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle.
||Give us a sentence or short dialogue that would be a lot funnier if a word in it were mistaken for a homophone of that word.
||What art art thou?
||Tell us which Style Invitational contest any of the provided Bob Staake cartoons might be illustrating.
||Supply a humorous definition for any of the provided Loser-penned neologisms.
||Come up with a double book with a humorous connection; the first title must be an actual book, while the other may be your own fictitious title or a second real book.
||Take a line from any well-known poem and pair it with your own second line to make a humorous couplet.
||Breed any two "foals" in today's results, and name the grandfoal.
||Overlap dance II
||Create a phrase that overlaps two terms, each of two words or more, and describe the result.
||We WANT stupid complaints!
||Complain comically unreasonably about some innocuous thing appearing in the print Post or on washingtonpost.com over the next week or the previous few days.
||A remeaning task
||Redefine a word in the dictionary beginning with I through O.
||Write an original chiasmus, in which the elements of a phrase are inverted for comedic effect.
||Lift a word that appears inside a longer word; pair it with the original word to create a phrase; and define it.
||Your ad here
||Slightly alter an advertising slogan so that someone else could use it.
||Clue us in
||Send us funny, clever clues for any of the words already in this grid.
||Get a move on
||Change the location of something for humorous effect. Provide an explanation if you wish.
||Combine the names of any two pro sports teams -- even from different sports -- and describe the result.
||Write a limerick whose third or fourth line is one of those listed above.
||Quipped from the headlines
||Write a rhyming couplet about some matter in the news.
||Oilies but goodies
||Write lyrics somehow related to the oil spill, set to an existing tune.
||Let's play Nopardy
||Describe any of the above phrases in the form of a question.
||Back in the saddle
||Breed any two of the foals in today's results -- OR one foal with one of the actual horses used in today's entries, and name the grandfoal.
||Begin with a real name; append to it a word, name or expression so that they overlap; and finally define (humorously, of course) the resulting phrase.
||Write a brief (50 words or fewer) holiday letter from a personage from past or present, or from fiction.
||Write a description for any of 50 genuine Loser-created neologisms.
||Provide a caption for any of these pictures.
||The Inside Word
||Take any word -- this may include the name of a person or place -- put a portion of it in quotation marks, and redefine the word.
||H H |
||Compose a humorous (or at least wry or clever) haiku.
||Pretty Graphic Expressions
||Express some insight as an equation or other mathematical expression.
||H H |
||Our Type o' Joke
||Change a headline by one letter, or switch two letters, in a headline (or most of a headline) appearing on an article or ad in The Washington Post or on washingtonpost.com between Feb. 14 and 23, and elaborate on it in a "bank" headline (subhead) or a brief first sentence of an article that would run under it.
||Take The Fifth
||Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 725 through Week 789. Each entry must include the word "five" of "fifth" or something fiveish, or -- depending on your favorite anniversary tradition -- something involving (a) wood or (b) silverware.
||Combine the beginning and end of any two words appearing in any single advertisement in The Post or on washingtonpost.com, from today through Aug. 4, and then define the new word.
||Mess With Our Heads
||Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from March 15 through 24 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle.
||Opus 266, No. 3
||Take any common word or two-word term beginning with any letter from A through H and give it a new definition.
||Put Our Heads Together
||Create a new, funny headline from the words of any headlines appearing anywhere in a single day's Washington Post (or on washingtonpost.com)
||Hyphenate the beginning and end of any two multi-syllabic words appearing anywhere in the April 29 or May 6 Style or Sunday Arts section, and then define the compound.
||Take any sentence that appears in The Post or in an article on washingtonpost.com from March 24 through April 2 and come up with a question it could answer.
||Making Short Work
||Write a humorous six-word story.
||Send Us the Bill
||Come up with a bill sponsored by any combination of the newly elected members of Congress and explain the purpose of the bill.
||Bill Us Now
||Come up with a bill sponsored by any of the newly elected U.S. senators and representatives, and explain the purpose of the bill.