New contest for Week 1216: As the word turns
L-9: Piglav: A bar’s men’s room by last call. P-6: Reggy: How you won’t be describing most federal agencies this year. We’re on our third goround — or goup, godown, gosideways, godiagonally — with our contest in which you “discover” brandnew words by tracing a line through letters on a word search grid. The Empress created the grid by feeding 20 randomly generated words — including oddities ranging from “darr” to “quindecemvirate” — into an online puzzle generator, but lots of other real words showed up as well. This week: Create a word or multi-word term that consists of adjacent letters — in any direction or several directions — in the grid above, and provide a humorous definition, as in the examples above. You may also give an especially clever definition for an existing term you find. And you may use the word in a sentence, if that makes your entry funnier. (Even with this many possible words, there’s a good chance that many people will send in the same word, and it’ll come down to the description.)
IMPORTANT: You absolutely must begin each entry with the letternumber coordinates that mark the first letter of your term, as in the examples; no way is your reasonably obliging but gotherlimits Empress going to search the grid for it. Also, please don’t begin the line with numbering, bullets, etc.; they mess up the entrysorting. Submit entries at this website: bit.ly/enter-invite-1216 (all lowercase). Winner gets the Inkin’ Memorial, the Lincoln statue bobblehead that is the official Style Invitational trophy. Second place gets a nifty toy called Toilet Tunes: It’s an electronic floor pad with some piano keys drawn on it. Tap your feet and make some melodies while you’re, you know, occupied with other matters. It is a littleknown fact that Beethoven worked out his Symphony No. 2 on a primitive version of this instrument. Donated by Loser Nan Reiner, who tried it out and reports that it actually works pretty well. Other runners-up win the yearnedfor “This Is Your Brain on Mugs” Loser mug or our Grossery Bag, “I Got a B in Punmanship.” Honorable mentions get one of our new lustedafter Loser magnets, “No Childishness Left Behind” or “Magnum Dopus.” First Offenders receive only a smelly treeshaped air “freshener” (FirStink for their first ink). Deadline is Monday night, March 6; results published March 26 (online March 23). See general contest rules and guidelines at wapo.st/InvRules. The headline for this week’s results is by Jesse Frankovich; the honorablementions subhead is by Jeff Contompasis. “As the word turns” was an entry by Dave Prevar in a previous contest. Join the lively Style Invitational Devotees group on Facebook at on.fb.me/ invdev. “Like” Style Invitational Ink of the Day on Facebook at bit.ly/inkofday; follow @StyleInvite on Twitter.
THE STYLE CONVERSATIONAL The Empress’s weekly online column discusses each new contest and set of results; this week she’ll show the grid with the 20 words used to make it. Especially if you plan to enter, check it out at wapo.st/styleconv.