||2020: Metaphors for a bleep year
||Make up a word whose Scrabble letter values add up to exactly 14 (no blanks!), and define it.
||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.
||Our type o' headline
||Change a headline in an article or ad in the Washington Post and then add a "bank head" or subtitle.
||The mama of all humor
||Write a [Someone’s] Mama joke for some well-known figure, past or present, real or fictional.
||Fictoids of Columbia
||Tell us some humorously untrue “facts” about Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area.
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||Hearts of dorkness
||Write a humorous Valentine's Day sentiment to someone (or to some organization), either real or fictional -- either from you or from someone else you name. Plus an all-new option: We'll also be willing to run at least one really funny, clever, well-executed graphic.
||Show your resolve
||Suggest a New Year's resolution that someone might make 100 or more years in the future.
||Playing the dozens
||1. Start with any 12-letter word, name or multi-word phrase.
2. Add one letter OR drop one letter OR substitute another letter OR switch the position of two letters to create a new term, as in the examples given.
3. Define or describe the result humorously.
||An iffy proposition
||Suggest some humorous action that you would take if you were in someone's position, more or less in the form "If I were _____ my first act would be _____."
||Write a caption, or captions, for one or more of the provided cartoons.
||Quote an actual sentence, from The Washington Post, washingtonpost.com, or another print or online publication dated between Dec. 26 and Jan. 6, and follow it with a question that the sentence might answer.
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||Quote a headline appearing in The Washington Post, washingtonpost.com or another publication, print or online, dated Nov. 14 to Nov. 25, and supply a humorous "bank" headline that either misinterprets it or comments wryly on it.
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||Songs for the asking
||Take a sentence, phrase or title from a song and provide a funny question it might answer.
||'Might' makes ink
||Give us a joke using any of the using any of the provided "you might be" templates.
||What's the diff?
||Explain how any two of the provided items are alike or different.
||Breed any two of this week's winning foals and name the grandfoal.
||Faux re mi
||Give us some humorously false trivia about music or musicians.
||We give you the "answers" and you supply jokes in the form of a question.
||Stick it to us
||Suggest a slogan for one of our two new honorable-mention Loser Magnets for 2012-2013.
||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.
||MASH 2: The Retread
||Combine two movie titles and describe the result.
||Slightly alter a well-known foreign-language term and define it.
||Your ad here
||Slightly alter an advertising slogan so that someone else could use it.
||Suggest humorous uses for one or more of the items above, alone or in combination.
||Come up with a creative, somehow fitting sponsor for some public facility or part of one.
||Submit a "Dear Blank" letter to us instead.