Style Invitational Week 1119: We want hue so bad! Invent a new color name

And the winning ‘typos’ in headlines, with the resulting interpretations

Actually, we’d prefer you type your entries for Week 1119, a contest to
name and describe a new color. (Bob Staake for The Washington Post)
By Pat Myers April 9 feedback for 'Style Invitational Week 1119: We want hue so bad! Invent a
new color name'>

(Click here to skip down <#report> to the results of Week 1115, our
headline “typo” contest)

*You’ll Never Take Me Alive Copper: The color of a dirty rat. *(Tom
Criss; Dave Ferry)

*Oxymaroon: A perky brown.* (Gina Morgan; Mike Thring)

*Govern Mint: Please refer to specification Mil-Q- 17983245, Rev. G,
w/Appendix J, which details the hue, tone, shade, tolerance, refraction,
reflection, intensity and brilliance of this color. *(Paul Styrene, aka
Ted Weitzman)

This week’s second prize, the Happy Pill: Go ahead and operate heavy
machinery. It’s all good. (Not to be taken internally.) (Pat Myers/The
Washington Post)

The colors above were among the winning entries in a contest from Year 1
of The Style Invitational, back in 1993. It was a contest to “name a new
crayon color for the 1990s,” pegged to Crayola’s own innovations of
“Tickle Me Pink” and “Macaroni and Cheese.” Given that many of Week 39’s

were as 1990s-colored as a Dodge Caravan in Island Teal, there were
references to Joey Buttafuoco, William Kennedy Smith and the Rainbow
Coalition — the Empress figures we can give this contest another go:
*This week: Invent a name for a color and describe it, * as in the
examples above. They can be crayon colors, car colors, wall paint
colors, lipstick colors, whatever.

Winner gets the Inkin’ Memorial
the Lincoln statue bobblehead that is the official Style Invitational
trophy. Second place receives the appropriately colorful Happy Pill,

a pink and white hand-size plush toy capsule you can squeeze to its
evident delight, since it commences to giggle raucously for 13
interminable seconds. Donated by the inexplicably beaming Dave Prevar.

*Other runners-up* win their choice of a yearned-for Loser Mug
or the ardently
desired “Whole Fools” Grossery Bag.
mentions get a lusted-after Loser magnet designed by Bob Staake: either
“The Wit Hit the Fan”
“Hardly Har-Har.”
Offenders receive a smelly tree-shaped air “freshener” (FirStink

for their first ink). E-mail entries to /
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fax to 202-334-4312. Deadline is Monday, April 20; results published May
10 (online May 7). You may submit up to 25 entries per contest. Include
“Week 1119” in your e-mail subject line or it might be ignored as spam.
Include your real name, postal address and phone number with your entry.
See contest rules and guidelines at
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And the results of the Style Invitational contest announced four weeks
ago . . .

*In Week 1115* we asked readers to choose a headline appearing in The
Post, and then create a “typo” by adding, deleting or substituting a
letter; transposing two letters; or changing the spacing or punctuation.

All of you who changed “public” to “pubic,” you get no points for

4th place:

Top *Pot-seeded Terps are all smiles*
U-Md. drops ban on grow-boxes in dorms (Chris Doyle, Ponder, Tex.)

3rd place:

Metro *Retro leader search on hold*
Nation decides Clinton vs. Bush will be retro enough (Frank Osen,
Pasadena, Calif.)

2nd place and the pink velveteen squid hat:

*Netanyahu:* No *Go Palestinian State *
Surprising upset pick in Bibi’s NCAA bracket (Brian Collins, Olney, Md.)

And the winner of the Inkin’ Memorial:

*Royal Couple Checks Out the* Mall *Malt*
Charles chugs Colt 45s while Camilla crushes cans against royal forehead
(Gary Crockett, Chevy Chase, Md.)

Typo negative: honorable mentions

** *I found my * soul *foul mate, my best friend*
BO leads wife to husband’s hiding place (Richard Lempert, Arlington, Va.)

*If I can do just a few more reps, a few more* miles *males . . . *
Congressional groupie testifies (Chris Doyle)

*When Spock dies, Obama takes * note *nose*
Desk ornament ‘reminds me to be logical’; both ears already taken (Neal
Starkman, Seattle)

*U.S. Loses Track of Arms Sent to * Yemen *Yesmen*
But allies ‘seemed so agreeable,’ State Dept. official laments (Mark
Raffman, Reston, Va.; Richard Gasparotti, Cockeysville, Md., a First

*Putin Says Ease of Action in* Crimea *Crime Was Surprising*
‘But I’ll stop robbing liquor stores anyway,’ leader pledges (Elden
Carnahan, Laurel, Md.)

*A renewed push for* unions *bunions*
Tiny shoes with four-inch heels back in fashion (Kevin Dopart, Washington)

*Cruz set to * make *mate campaign official*
Candidate says he wants to ‘know’ his staff (Elden Carnahan)

*Wine and * dine *din*
The baby-friendly bars of D.C. (Todd DeLap, Fairfax, Va.)

*Document * details *retails ex-Va. first lady’s would-be testimony*
The McDonnells: What won’t they sell? (Ben Aronin, Washington)

*What else could we try to ease * highway *thighway congestion?*
How ’bout keepin’ Your Mama locked up? (Jon Gearhart, Des Moines)

*Teasing out the drama of ordinary* lives *olives*
Martini veterans’ tales will leave you shaken, stirred (Howard
Walderman, Columbia, Md.)

*Are your * tenants *ten ants moving out? *
Entomologist gives comforting tips for empty-nesters (Chris Doyle)

Open *Oxen government’s promise falls short*
BS production can’t match human legislators’ (Gary Crockett)

*The unkindest cut* of *off all*
Vengeful mohels go overboard (Ivars Kuskevics, Takoma Park)

*Police arrest 5 in suspected* bomb *OMB plot*
Rogue budget analysts accused of moving decimal point in FY ’17 baseline
(Howard Walderman)

*How an Easy Bill Got* Stalled *Stalked*
Clinton’s still blaming it on Monica
(Barry Koch, Catlett, Va.)

*Charles and Camilla spend a packed day in* D.C. *W.C.*
Irregularity causes change in sightseeing plans (Frank Osen)

*Netanyahu’s win points to 2 more years of* strained *stained
U.S.-Israel ties*
Difficult to get the spit, vomit out (Mark Raffman)

*Chicago* River *Liver Goes Green for St. Patrick’s Day*
Unlikely to catch on as corned beef alternative, chefs say (George-Ann
Rosenberg, Washington)

*Wizards stave off* Blazers’ *blazers’ comeback*
Hogwarts faculty may continue to wear robes, Dumbledore says (Catherine
Hagman, Silver Spring, Md.)

*Fairfax may revise its* grading *goading standards*
Double dog dare could be upgraded to triple (Gary Crockett)

*Offshore drilling is too* risky *frisky for Virginia*
But Marylanders eager for shipboard liaisons (Ann Martin, Falls Church,

*Obama visits troubled * VA *VP facility*
President calls on Biden at home, reassures him that people are
laughing/with/ him (Ira Allen, Bethesda, Md.)

*Secret Service picks * insider *inside for No. 2 spot*
Agents thrilled to finally get indoor plumbing (William Lieberman,
Ellicott City, Md.)

*His rise stalled, can Jindal regain* flight *fright path? *
Route to GOP nod linked to effective fearmongering (Jeff Contompasis,
Ashburn, Va.)

*An incomplete Student* Aid *Acid Bill of Rights*
‘I was gonna finish it but, dude, the colors! And it was kinda squirming.’
(Gary Crockett)

*If you’re not my baby, I don’t want to hear your opinions on *
breastfeeding *beastfeeding*
Woman insists she enjoys making dinner for man everyone else calls
‘@##$-head’ (Roger Dalrymple, Gettysburg, Pa.)

*Off-duty cop hurt in one-way* crash *crush*
Patrolman still moons over dispatcher who won’t give him time of day
(Elden Carnahan)

*Secret Service agents disrupted * bomb *boob probe*
Crashed car into mammogram exam room (Patrick Olsen, Norfolk, Va., a
First Offender)

** *D.C.’s best* dishes *disses of 2015*
‘Get out of here, you lowlife scum!’ gushes tearful winner (Frank Osen)

‘*I’m the best nose* tackle *tackler in the league’*
Knighton vows to master ear tackling next (Robert Gallagher, Charleston,

*So long,* SAT *FAT: Admissions are about to change*
Your diet regimen after gastric bypass surgery (Michael Greene, Richmond)

*Still running — deadline Monday night, April 13: Our annual horse name
“breeding” contest. See . *