New contest for Week 1127: From the creators of ...
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 email@example.com 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 at wapo.st/InvRules. 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 at on.fb.me/invdev. “Like” the Style Invitational Ink of the Day on Facebook at bit.ly/inkofday.
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 at wapo.st/styleconv.