||The Ideas of March
||Suggest a march for some group or field, along with one or more slogans. (You might also, or instead, comment on the march with some pertinent wordplay.)
||So what's to liken?
||Take any two items from the provided list and explain how they're similar or different, or connect them some other way.
||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.
||The 'Sty'le Invitational Red'ux'
||Put quotation marks around part of a word, name or phrase and define the result.
||Punning in place
||Create a new term using only the letters in a place name. You don't have to use all the letters, but you can't use a letter more often than it appears in the word.
||When you riff upon a store
||Use a wordplay on a song title as a name or slogan for a real or imagined business.
||H H |
||A lit obit of fun
||Write a humorous poem of no longer than eight lines about someone who died in 2014.
||Themes good enough for us
||Suggest an existing song to be used as the theme for a TV series or program for comic effect.
||You're only as rich as you fee
||What are some really bad ideas for various businesses to make a few more bucks?
||Limerixicon XI: Fi-, fo-, go!
||Supply a humorous, previously unpublished limerick significantly featuring any English word, name or term beginning with "Fl-" through "fo-".
||Take any two items from the provided list and explain how they're similar or different.
||This week, to commemorate both Kevin Dopart and his 1K ink blots: Change a word, phrase or name by adding one or more K's, and define your new term.
||Love the tiny tail stain!
||Create an anagram -- a text with the letters rearranged -- of any text (except merely someone's name), of any length, referring to something or someone in the news.
||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-".
||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.
||What's the diff?
||Explain how any two of the provided items are alike or different.
||What's in a name?
||Write something about some person, real or fictional, using only the letters in the 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 ...]