New con­test for Week 1127: From the cre­ators of ...

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Orig­i­nal: “Say Yes to the Dress.” Spinoff: “Spend Bux on the Tux.” Groom: This is the first thing I tried on and I like it fine.

Grooms­men: Us, too. Sales­man: So: Will you spend bux on the tux? Groom: Yeah. Okay, let’s get some beer. [roll cred­its]

This week’s con­test comes from Ob­ses­sive Loser Jeff Con­tom­pa­sis, who with 447 blots of ink is next in line to reach the 500-blot Style In­vi­ta­tional Hall of Fame: Think up a spinoff of a real TV se­ries, past or present, and fur­nish a

de­scrip­tion or bit of dia­logue, as in the ex­am­ple above by Jef Con, as the Loser Com­mu­nity calls him. Your en­try shouldn’t use much more space than Jeff’s script.

Win­ner gets the Inkin’ Me­mo­rial, the Lin­coln statue bob­ble­head that is the of­fi­cial Style In­vi­ta­tional tro­phy. Sec­ond place re­ceives one more in our con­tin­u­ing se­ries of Weird Salt and Pep­per Shak­ers: a merry pair of ce­ramic S&Ps de­pict­ing a grandma-grandpa-look­ing cou­ple, ex­cept that Grandma has a gi­ant bun in the oven un­der her apron. Upon which is let­tered: “You and your ‘once more for old times’ sake’!” Do­nated by Nan Reiner.

Other run­ners-up win their choice of a yearned-for Loser Mug or the ar­dently de­sired “Whole Fools” Grossery Bag. Hon­or­able men­tions get a lusted-af­ter Loser mag­net de­signed by Bob Staake: ei­ther “The Wit Hit the Fan” or “Hardly HarHar.” First Of­fend­ers re­ceive a smelly tree-shaped air “fresh­ener” (FirStink for their first ink). E-mail en­tries to losers@wash­ or, if you were born in the 19th cen­tury, fax to 202-334-4312. Dead­line is Mon­day night, June 15; re­sults pub­lished July 5 (on­line July 2). You may sub­mit up to 25 en­tries per con­test. In­clude “Week 1127” 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 at­vRules. The head­line for this week’s re­sults was sub­mit­ted separately by Great Minds Frank Osen, Chris Doyle and Kevin Dopart; the hon­or­able-men­tions sub­head is by Jon Gearhart. Join the lively Style In­vi­ta­tional Devo­tees group on Face­book at­vdev. “Like” the Style In­vi­ta­tional Ink of the Day on Face­book at­day.

THE STYLE CON­VER­SA­TIONAL The Em­press’s weekly on­line col­umn dis­cusses each new con­test and set of re­sults. Es­pe­cially if you plan to en­ter, check it out at­conv.


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