PERMANENT INKSTAIN FOR STEVE MCCLEMONS
This is what you've done, each Week. I arrange the rows in reverse chronological order, because there are some Losers, and they know who they are, who check up on my points-awarding every Week.But I would just like to reiterate that such checking up is not a problem for me. I have said many times that each Loser's enlightened self-interest is my best QA.
If you wish to see what your ink was, refer to the Master Contest List or search All Invitational Text. Remember that Types I, P, some H, and sometimes A are seen "above the Report" -- that is, if they are listed here for Week 7777, for example, they will be found in text files or images of Week 7777. Everything else will be found in a "Report" section of a file two, three, or four weeks later; 7781 in this Example.
If you see any error, please let me know, email@example.com.
Key to Ink Types:
- H: Honorable Mention, sometimes appearing in the setup of a new contest.
||Legends of the fall -- more fictoids
||Tell us some bogus trivia about autumn, or things that happen (or have happened) in autumn.
||The lie-zy days of summer
||Tell us some bogus trivia about the summer or things that happen or have happened in the summer.
||Check your (homo)phones
||Invent a homophone--a word that sounds the same as an existing word but is spelled differently--and define it.
||Inkorporation--a change-one-letter contest
||Change the name of a present or past business, store or agency (not just a product) by adding one letter, deleting one letter, transposing two letters or substituting one letter for another.
||H H |
||Fashion x fiction: More fake trivia
||Tell us some totally bogus trivia about clothing or fashion.
||It's a med, med, med, med world
||Invent a clever name for a new medical product, and specify the condition it would treat.
||H H |
||Thanking outside the box
||Tell us something to be thankful for.
||C'mon, fess up!
||Send us a brief "confession" -- there will be categories for true and just-kidding.
||Be caustic by acrostic
||Review or otherwise describe a movie, book, play or TV show (or Internet equivalent) with words whose first letters spell out the name of the work.
||Band on the pun
||Alter the name of a music group or performer slightly -- not necessarily by just one letter, but enough so it's obvious what the original is -- and describe it in some way.
||H H |
||With parens like these …
||Add some words in parentheses to a well-known song title to make it funnier in some way.
||Create a good-bad-ugly progression.
||Give us some fake sports trivia.
||H H |
||Clue us in
||Come up with up to 25 creative, funny clues for the words and multi-word terms that appear in the provided grid.
||H H H |
||Coin the millionth word in the English language and define it. The word must end in -ion.
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 ...]