||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.
||Stand up and jeer
||Give us some original standup jokes that would have been good at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner.
||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.
||Selected shortened subjects
||Delete one or more letters from the beginning or end (or both) of a movie title and describe the resulting movie.
||Back to the drawing board
||Come up with an idea for an invention that still needs a bug ironed out.
||The Tile Invitational VI
||Create a five-, six-, or seven-letter word (or phrase) by scrambling the letters of any of the sets and define it.
||Clue us in -- our reverse crossword
||Supply clever, funny clues for as many as 25 of the 74 words and multi-word terms in the provided grid.
||H H H |
||The Year in Redo, Part 2
||Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1282 through Week 1306.
||One-for-one for all
||Replace one letter in an existing word, name or multi-word phrase with one different letter (in the same place in the word) and define or describe the result.
||OK, hivemind! A contest with new Scrabble words
||Choose any two of the words in the provided list as the beginning and end of a humorous word chain of 6 to 14 words or phrases.
||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||Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term, beginning with "gl-" through "go-".
||Put it in Bee-verse
||Write a humorous poem of eight lines or fewer that includes one of the provided words, all from the 2018 National Spelling Bee.
||Just do it -- the 'real' way
||List some "accurate" directions for using some product or completing some task.
||Suggest an ill-advised spokesman (dead or alive, or fictional), along with a humorously noooo slogan or jingle.
||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.
||The year in redo, Part 2
||Enter (or reenter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1230 through Week 1254.
||Tour de Fours XIV: SANT is coming
||Coin a word or multi-word term that contains the letter-block S-A-N-T; the letters may be in any order, but there may be no other letters between them.
||Fashion x fiction: More fake trivia
||Tell us some totally bogus trivia about clothing or fashion.
||It's a med, med, med, med world
||Invent a clever name for a new medical product, and specify the condition it would treat.
||TankaWanka 3: Haiku Plus Tu
||Write a TankaWanka about something that's been in the news lately. The poem must consist of five lines of 5, 7, 5, 7 and 7 syllables in that order. And at least two of the lines must rhyme.
||Name and describe a new life form -- and no letter in the term may be used twice.
||Who's kidding whom?
||Take two people from history, past or present, and tell what their child would be like
||The alternaugural address
|| Write a humorous passage — a “quote,” an observation, a joke, a dialogue, a poem, anything — using only words that appear in Trump’s inaugural address.
||Invented facts: A fictoid contest
||Tell us a humorously untrue account of how a product or invention came to be, or got its name.
||H H |
||Could we just have a do-over? Yes, we could.
||Enter (or re-enter) any Style Invitational contest from Week 1149 to 1201, except for Week 1152, last year's do-over.
||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.
||The definitive dozen
||Supply a word, name or multi-word term along with a wry definition or description; together, the term and description must total exactly 12 words.
||We want some bad choices
||Offer one or more funny Questions for Terrible People, as shown.
||Give it to us straight
||Take any sentence from an article or ad in any publication dated Oct. 20 to Oct. 31 — or from an online article dated within that period — and translate it into “plain English".
||Nyetymologies: fake word origins
||Provide a humorously untrue explanation for the derivation of a word.
||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.
||Tinker with the recipe
||Slightly change the name of a food or brand of food (or something else in the food industry) and describe it, or write a slogan, jingle, etc.
||An 8-year Re-Onion
||Write a fictional Onion-type headline.
||Give us four Pinocchios
||Tell us some false "facts" about politicians, present or past.
||What have we here?
||Tell us what one or more of these objects really are.
||To [a glass], snarkly
||Write a short, snarky (but witty) note to one of the provided glassbowls.
||Provided are 15 answers, separated by asterisks. You supply the questions.
||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.
||H H |
||A little sixty-four play
||Fashion an entry by selecting one element from each of the provided menu groups. Make sure you indicate the combination you chose (e.g., 2-C-iii).
||H H |
||Be a published author!
||Give us a spicy title for a boring book, real or imagined.
||Are 'hew ready? A contest for clerihews
||A clerihew is a humorous four-line rhyming poem about a person whose name is mentioned in the first line; in fact, the name must be at the end of that line (or constitute the whole line) so that it has to rhyme with something. The rhyme structure (and we don't want "lazy" rhymes) is AABB: the first line rhymes with the second, the third with the fourth.
||Yux Redux: Play on a foreign phrase
||Make a word play on a foreign phrase or term (or English phrase using foreign words) and describe it.
||Drone for a loop
||Give us some novel uses for a CICADA micro-drone, assuming that anyone can get one, and that it can have a micro-camera, micro-grips, etc.
||The song remains the sa
||Supply a real song title that has the end or beginning -- or, what the heck, both -- chopped off and describe it.
||Our type o' headline
||Change a headline in an article or ad in the Washington Post and then add a "bank head" or subtitle.
||Some SHARP words
||Coin a word or short term that includes all the letters S, H, A, R, and P.
||The mama of all humor
||Write a [Someone’s] Mama joke for some well-known figure, past or present, real or fictional.
||The year in redo
||Enter any Style Invitational contest from Week 1047 through Week 1097, except for Week 1050.
||Pun and ink -- the feghoot
||Contrive an elaborate scenario that ends in a novel groaner pun on a familiar expression, title, etc.
||Prime time for some Amazon reviews
||Send us a creative "review" for any of the provided items that are listed on Amazon.
||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".
||Ask backwards with our answers, your questions
||Supply the questions to as many of the 16 supplied answers as you like.
||Little piddle riddle
||Ask a question and answer it with a rhyme.
||Colt following -- our grandfoals contest
||"Breed" any two of the foal names that got ink this week, and name the offspring to reflect the parents' names.
||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.
||The ands have it
||Slightly alter ANY well-known phrase in the form "A-and-B" -- it doesn't have to be Latinate/Anglo-Saxon -- and define it.
||Create a good-bad-ugly progression.
||Clue us in
||Come up with up to 25 creative, funny clues for the words and multi-word terms that appear in the provided grid.
||Describe a TV reality show featuring a celebrity pursuing some unlikely endeavor.
||H H |
||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.
||It's like this, see
||Answer a simple question with a ridiculously argued answer citing various connections and parallels.
||What's to like?
||Supply an original joke of the form "I like my [your choice] the way I like my [something else of your choice]: [some clever, funny parallel]."
||Supply a humorous limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "fa-".
||The cinquain feeling
||Write a clever cinquain. The five-line form is straightforward: first line, two syllables; second line, four syllables; third line, six; fourth line, eight; fifth line, two.
||'Might' makes ink
||Give us a joke using any of the using any of the provided "you might be" templates.
||Send us some edgy rhyming alphabet-primer couplets. The pairs are AB, CD, EF, GH, IJ, KL, MN, OP, QR, ST, UV, WX, and YZ.
||Hai there, Martians!
||Write one or more humorous haiku that will greet the Martians or share a little nugget of what life is like on Earth.
||Come up with a term by scrambling any of the letters sets in the provided list, and define it.
||What a turnoff
||Tell us some creative things that children and families could do during Screen-Free Week.
||Write a riddle that uses a pun of a person's name in the answer.
||Just do it
||Use a well-known advertising slogan for a different company, organization or product to humorous effect.
||2 H |
||Wring out the OED
||Make up a false definition for any of the listed OED words.
||We now have 4 digits; you now have 7 letters
||Choose any word, name or two-word term beginning anywhere from T through Z; then add one letter, drop one letter, substitute one letter for another, or transpose two adjacent letters, and define the result.
||Set the law on us
||Suggest an odd law for a particular place in the world.
||Suppose public-TV shows, past or present, were turned out onto the open market to make a living on commercial TV. Tell us what would happen.
||On the double
||Come up with a double or multiple profession, and explain how each job complements the other(s).
||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.
||Another brilliant contest
||Write something whose words begin with consecutive letters of the alphabet.
||Supply a humorous definition for any of the provided Loser-penned neologisms.
||A reason to rhyme the news
||Write a short verse about something that's been in the news recently.
||Start with any word or name, and create a series of words that change by one letter at a time, until you come up with a related word or name.
||Write a clever passage whose successive words are one letter longer until the middle of the passage, and then become one letter shorter.
||Say that again
||Double a word, or use a word and its homophone, to make a phrase, and define it.
||Of all the nerve!
||Give us a humorous example of hypothetical chutzpah.
||Uh, yeah, it's just you
||Give us one or more "Is it just me" questions.