||Both sides now
||Delete one or more letters (in a row) from a word or brief phrase to find another word, and define it.
||C'mon, be honest with us
||Write something in roughly the form "If X were more honest, (then) Y."
||Blasted alphabetical contests . . .
||Coin a three-word phrase whose words begin with A, B and C -- in any order -- and describe it.
||Good luck with 13
||Make up a word whose Scrabble letter values add up to exactly 13, and define it.
||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.
||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).
||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.
||Put it in reverse
||Spell a word, name or phrase backward and define the result in a way that relates to the original.
||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.
||Just do it
||Use a well-known advertising slogan for a different company, organization or product to humorous effect.
||Name a dubious charity and describe its mission.
||A Life-Time opportunity
||Combine two magazines or journals and describe the result, supply a marketing pitch, or suggest a story or two that it might publish.
||Stick it to us
||Suggest a slogan for one of our two new honorable-mention Loser Magnets for 2012-2013.
||Write a short "rap battle" between any two characters, real or fictional.
||H W |
||On the double
||Come up with a double or multiple profession, and explain how each job complements the other(s).
||H H |
||A faster break
||Suggest ways to make sports and other leisure activities more time-efficient or exciting.
||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.
||H H |
||The parody line
||Set your own, humorous words to the tune of a well-known song--except that you must preserve one of the original lines.
||The madding crowd
||Suggest funny, original ways to tick people off.
||A reason to rhyme the news
||Write a short verse about something that's been in the news recently.
||Eat our dust!
||Write a limerick humorously describing a book, play, movie, or TV show.
||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.
||H L P |
||Take any sentence (or a major part of it) that appears in the Post or in an article on washingtonpost.com anytime from now through March 19 and supply a question it could answer.
||Out of network
||Move a current or former TV program (or type of programming) to a different network and explain what would change.
||Write a clever passage whose successive words are one letter longer until the middle of the passage, and then become one letter shorter.
||H H |
||Give us some bad ideas
||Finish any of the provided "You know" phrases.
||H H |
||Tour de Fours VIII: Neologisms
||Come up with a new word or two-word term that includes the letter block N-O-E-L, in any order but with no other letters between them, and define it.
||Cleverly depict a person, event or phenomenon of the 21st century — real history as well as scenes from movies, books, videos, etc. — using edible materials, and send us a photo of your creation.
||H H |
||Ask backward XXIX
||You are on "Jeopardy!" You supply the questions for as many of the provided answers as you like.
||MASH 2: The Retread
||Combine two movie titles and describe the result.
||Staake it to him
||Write a caption for any of the five pages or details pictured from some of Bob's more than 50 picture books.
||The 400 blows
||Write a humorous poem--choose your form--about the Virginia earthquake, Hurricane Irene or another well-known natural event.
||H H |
||Explain how any two items in the provided list are similar or different.
||Use the title of a movie as the answer to a riddle or other question.
||Write a very short four-line “poem” promoting a product or company, or offering advice to drivers; the poem must rhyme, in ABAB or ABCB rhyme scheme. A fifth, non-rhyming line may state the product name or a conclusion.
||Come up with a fortune cookie line that you'd like to see.
||Doomed to repeat it
||Create "Unreal Facts" about history.
||A Banner Week
||Write entirely new, humorous lyrics to the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner”; they can be on any subject.
||Give Us Willies
||Write an original Little Willie poem, perhaps reflecting our current era. This is a venerable four-line genre in which Master W. does some nasty thing and doesn't tend to learn to be a Good Boy by poem's end.
||Breed any two "foals" in today's results, or one foal with one of the real horse names used in today's entries--and name the "grandfoal." The name may not exceed 18 characters, including spaces, and your entry shouldn't remotely duplicate any of today's results.
||Write a haiku--a sentiment that can be broken into three lines with exactly five syllables in the first line, seven in the second, five in the third--on any subject that's been in the news in the last couple of weeks.
||Take any headline, verbatim, appearing anywhere in The Post or on washingtonpost.com from April 22 through May 2 and reinterpret it by adding a "bank head," or subtitle.
||Bring up the rear
||Move the last letter of an existing word or name to the front of the word, and define the new term.
||Come up with a creative, somehow fitting sponsor for some public facility or part of one.