Style Invitational Week 1323: Selected shortened subjects

Chop letters off either end of a movie title. Plus neologisms from
ScrabbleGrams ‘racks.’

(Bob Staake for The Washington Post)
By Pat Myers

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March 14 at 12:30 PM

(Click here to skip down <#report> to this week’s winning neologisms
from ScrabbleGrams racks)

[S]*NOW WHITE:* Donald Trump, following an extensive crackdown on
brown-skinned immigrants, declares the United States the fairest of them

*LA LA LA*[nd]: In the first round of singing auditions, a musical’s
casting director tries blocking out the sound.

*CINDER*[ella]: At midnight, the coach doesn’t turn into a pumpkin — it
blows up. Whoops!

Style Invitational First-Ballot-Lock Future Hall of Famer Duncan Stevens
suggested this week’s contest, a variation of one we did in 2015 with
song titles

*This week: Delete one or more letters from the beginning or end (or
both) of a movie title and describe the resulting movie, * as in
Duncan’s own examples above. As in all those examples, it helps if the
description somehow relates to the original movie. A clever, funny
description is key this week; it’s highly likely that some other Losers
will chop a title the same way you did.

Submit entries at *
* (all lowercase).

Winner gets the *Lose Cannon,

* our Style Invitational trophy.

Second prize is quite the artifact: It dates from the earliest days of
the Empress’s reign; finally, almost 800 columns later, she figures it’s
time to give it away. It’s a custom-designed *roll of toilet paper
promoting the release of the novel “Walter the Farting Dog:* *Trouble at
the Yard Sale,”* “on sale March 29, 2004.” So why this week? It turns
out that, after a fizzled effort in 2011, there’s another plan to bring
the best-selling Walter series to cinematic glory — and so at least
right this second there’s some tenuous link between this ancient (but
wrapped) roll of TP and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.
The E will also toss in a roll of Trump toilet paper, donated recently
by Howard Walderman.

*Other runners-up *win our “You Gotta Play to Lose”
Mug or our “Whole Fools”

Grossery Bag. Honorable mentions get one of our lusted-after Loser
magnets, “We’ve Seen Better”
“IDiot Card.”

First Offenders receive only a smelly tree-shaped air “freshener”

for their first ink). *Deadline is Monday night, March 25; *results
published April 14 (online April 11). See general contest rules and
guidelines at . The headline
for this week’s results is by Danielle Nowlin (great week, Danielle!);
Jesse Frankovich wrote the honorable-mentions subhead. Join the Style
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And from The Style Invitational four weeks ago . . .


**In*Week 1319, * the Empress once again
presented several dozen seven-letter “racks” used in the ScrabbleGrams
word game, which appears daily in The Post, and asked you to find new
terms of five, six or seven letters.

4th place

/ACILRTU >/ *ARTICUL:* A story that shouldn’t have made the cut. “Let’s
jussie how this articul plays out.” (Jon Gearhart, Des Moines)

15-year-old TP of a maybe-subject of a new motion picture!
3rd place:

/ADEEHST >/ *HEADEST:* What the president is. “I’m the head of the
country, the most headest of any country, believe me.” (Sean
Bender-Prouty, Arlington, Va.)

2nd place

/and the Mason jar of Ghanaian shito sauce
/ADFHLNU >/ *ANDUH:* Filler used to stretch your essay when you run out
of things to say. “Try to avoid such anduh as ‘In conclusion, it has
become clear that all people of reason can surely agree that . . . ’ ”
(Danielle Nowlin, Fairfax Station, Va.)

And the winner of the Lose Cannon:

/DDEELMR >/ *MEDDLR:* App designed for yentas to make dating profiles
for other people. (Danielle Nowlin)

E for EEFHORT: Honorable mentions

/ACIPRVY >/ *CA PRIVY: *Many a side street in San Francisco. (Lynne
Larkin, Glenn Dale, Md.)

/ACIPRVY > / *RACY VIP:* Jeff Bezos’s new Twitter handle. (George
Thompson, Springfield, Va., a First Offender)

/ACIPRVY >/ *IVYCRAP:* “If I hear any more Ivycrap from Mr.
I-Went-to-Princeton, I’m going to throw up!” (John Shea, Philadelphia)

/ACKLORW >/ *OWLRACK:* A bosom that makes men’s heads spin around. (Jeff
Shirley, Richmond, Va.)

/ACKLORW >/ *ROCK LAW:* “Everybody must get stoned!” (Gary Crockett,
Chevy Chase, Md.)

/ACKLORW >/ *ACK ROW:* The seats way up front in a theater with a
three-story-high screen. (Roger Dalrymple, Gettysburg, Pa.)

/ADDFINY >/ *NADDIFY:* Mold into a suggestive shape. “Who naddified my
snowman?” (Duncan Stevens, Vienna, Va.)

/ADEEHST>/ *SHADEE:* Upscale Slurpee with a cocktail parasol. (George

/ADEELMR > / *ELDERAM:* An old butthead. (Jeff Contompasis, Ashburn, Va.)

/ADEELMR > / *MR. DEAL:* Does not necessarily translate into Mr.
President. (Roger Dalrymple)

/AEFGLOW > / *A. WE FLOG: *First step in the new “Tracking Down White
House Leakers” manual. (Todd DeLap, Fairfax, Va.)

/ADFLNSY >/ *FLY-NADS:* Clinical name for a tragic injury involving
one’s jeans zipper. (Bill Dorner, Indianapolis)

/ADLMORU >/ *MR. DOULA:* He offers emotional support to fathers during
childbirth. (Chris Doyle, Denton, Tex.)

/ADLMORU >/ *UM, ORAL?:* What they didn’t mean for you to enter when
they put a box for “Sex” on the questionnaire. (Danielle Nowlin)

/AEEELRS >/ *EEL-ARSE:* One of the less popular sushi delicacies. (Jeff

/AEEELRS >** / *EELERS:* Pro fishing team from Pittsburgh. (David
Peckarsky, Tucson)

/AEEOPRT >/ *EATROPE:* Hashtag for hemp recipes. “Gwyneth Paltrow is a
#EatRope aficionado.” (Kathy El-Assal, Middleton, Wis.)

/AEFGLOW >/ *WEGOLF: *Presidential plan of action for an international
crisis. (Rob Cohen, Potomac, Md.)

/AEFGLOW >/ *WOLFAGE:* Food, as seen by teenage boys. (Tom Witte,
Montgomery Village, Md.)

/AEHMRST >/ *HA TERMS:* Kim’s view of U.S. offers. (Dan Helming,
Trenton, N.J.)

/AEHPRTY >/ *‘HEY’ TRAP:* Why your mom told you not to turn your head
when a guy calls at you. (Barbara Turner, Takoma Park, Md.)

/AEILNVY >/ *AIL-ENVY: *Wishing you’d caught the flu at the office
rather than sit through another staff meeting. (David Peckarsky)

/AELMNRU > / *LEARNUM:* The teaching of Latin in West Virginia. (John
Hutchins, Silver Spring)

/AELMNRU >/ *MENULAR:* Adept at waiting tables. “The server was so
menular that she could recite 15 specials without looking at her notes.”
(Zachary Levine, Rockville, Md.)

/AELMNRU >/ *MARELUN:* Its largest city is Ballmer. (Eric Nelkin, Silver
Spring, Md.)

/AELMNRU >/ *MANRULE:* He-gemony. (Chris Doyle)

/AENOUUV >/ *EAU NO:* Gah! You have to have a closed-door meeting with
the guy with the too-strong cologne! (Danielle Nowlin)

/AEOPSTZ >/ *EZ TOP:* A cover band with fake long beards. (Jeff Hazle,
San Antonio)

/AEOPSTZ >/ *OZ TAPES:* Just-discovered scandalous video of Miss Piggy
and a Munchkin. (Dave Airozo, Silver Spring, Md.)

/AGMNSTU >/ *MAGNUTS:* His base. (Jeff Lubbers, Takoma Park, Md.)

/AGMNSTU > / *MAN-TUGS: What *got Robert Kraft into trouble (Jeff Shirley)

/AGMNSTU >/ *MUSTNAG:* Popular name forAreweth-Ereyet

syndrome. (Barry Koch, Catlett, Va.)

/AGMNSTU >/ *SUMTANG:* John Fogerty’s rendition of a song written by
George Harrison. (Frank Osen, Pasadena, Calif.)

/AGMNSTU>/ *MANGST:* Boyfriend worries. (Jon Ketzner, Cumberland, Md.)

/AHHIKSW >/ *HIKSHAW:* Trailer made from an old pickup bed. (Drew
Bennett, West Plains, Mo.)

/DEEEKNW >/ *ENDWEEK: *Jan. 13-19, 2021. (Holding our breath.) (Jesse
Etelson, Rockville, Md.)

/DDEELMR > / *MERDEL: *The traditional French award for being number two
in a competition. (Kevin Dopart, Washington)

/DDEHIRS >/ *SHERDID: *The proper response when someone asks if
something blowed up real good. (Frank Osen)

/DDENOSS />*DE-DON:* What 6 in 10 Americans would like to do in 2020.
(Jesse Frankovich, Grand Ledge, Mich.)

/DDGHOOO >/ *DOG DOH: *You stepped in it. (Warren Tanabe, Annapolis, Md.)

/DDGHOOO >/ *DOGHOOD:* The stage of life when all you want to do is to
be petted and fed. “My husband seems to have regressed into chronic
doghood.” (Neal Starkman, Seattle)

/DEFILPU >/ *PLED FU: *How Roger Stone responded to criminal charges.
(Ed Neveleff, Rockville, Md., a First Offender)

/DEMORST > / *MR. T.’S ODE:* “Roses are red, violets are blue, sugar is
sweet, and I pity the foo.” (Jesse Frankovich)

/EEFHORT >/ *TROFEE:* Top prize at the misspelling bee. (Jesse Frankovich)

/EEFHORT >/ *HO FETE:* A model railroad fair that inadvertently drew the
wrong crowd. (John McCooey, Rehoboth Beach, Del.)

/EEFMNOR >/ *NOREF:* Super Bowl officiating team. (Drew Bennett)

/EEFMNOR >/ *ROMEN:* Spaghetti made with a pack of Japanese noodles.
(Chris Doyle)

/EEORSST >/ *TREE-O’S: *A brand of VERY high-fiber breakfast cereal.
(Tom Witte)

/DDGHOOO >/ *DOH-GOOD: *He has the best of intentions, but he always
screws it up somehow. (Gary Crockett)

/DEEKNW: / *KNEWED:* Was aware. “Cletus knewed those overalls was ready
to fall off.” (Barry Koch, Catlett, Va.)

/AGMNSTU >/ *MAGNUTS:* Style Invitational Losers. “Many magnuts work 10
days straight trying to win something to stick on the fridge.” (Chris
Doyle, who works 10 days straight and doesn’t even want any more magnets)

*Still running — deadline Monday night, March 18: Our contest for ideas
for inventions that still need a bug or two worked out. See *