||We Bee back -- a neologism contest
||From any of the 30 provided Spelling Bee letter sets, coin a new term or phrase and describe it humorously. You must use the first letter in the set (anywhere in the word) plus any or all of the others, as often as you like.
||Skip a groove: Drop a letter or more from a song title
||Drop one or more letters from somewhere in the middle of a song title and describe the new song, and/or quote some lyrics from it.
||This is the year that is
||Describe the year 2020 in a novel, colorful metaphor or simile. You may also offer an original graphic.
||Don't you want to see new places?
||Change any place name slightly and describe the new place.
||Of course there are stupid questions!
||Give us stupid questions, especially ones reflecting Our Current Situation.
||4 H |
||Mess With Our Heads
||Reinterpret an actual headline (or a major part of it) by adding a bank head, or subtitle.
||4 H H |
||Portmanteautapping from E to R
||Coin a portmanteau word beginning with E through R, in which the words overlap by at least two letters, and describe it.
||Not-ables -- slightly alter a famous name
||Slightly alter the name (make sure the original is obvious) of a famous personage -- past or present, real or fictional -- and describe the resulting nonpersonage, or offer a quote from that person, or both.
||Mull 'er over: A search for collision
||Combine any two words, names, abbreviations, etc., from anywhere in the redacted Mueller report, in a two-word or hyphenated phrase and define it.
||H H |
||Check your (homo)phones
||Invent a homophone--a word that sounds the same as an existing word but is spelled differently--and define it.
||We'll call them Spellimericks
||Write a humorous limerick that's an acrostic: a pertinent five-letter word or name spelled out by the first letter of each line.
||Choose a headline or sentence from The Post or another publication, print or online, dated May 9-20, 2019. Then change that headline or other text by:
A. Deleting up to 40 consecutive characters from it (put brackets around the deleted text);
B. Adding up to 40 consecutive characters from the same article or ad (write the additions in capital letters);
or C. Both A and B, as long as the added text goes at the end of your headline or sentence.
||Mess with our (or anyone's) heads
||Reinterpret (or comment wryly on) a headline (or a big part of a headline) by writing a bank head, or subtitle.
||Lies, damn lies, with statistics
||Tell us some bogus trivia using "statistics" or some bogus quantitative meaure.
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 ...]