Week 1217: Mergers you wrote Combine two businesses with puns
Cooking institute/ journalism school: Baste On! A True Story (Jane Auerbach)
Doughnuts/ Jacuzzis: Beignet and the Jets (Andrew Hoenig)
Petting zoo/ bellsmith: A Ram, a Lamb, a DingDong (Elliott Schiff)
Here’s a contest we’ve done only once before — 12 years ago. The 2005 results were classic, and the Empress is optimistic that there’s lot more wordplay fodder out there. This week: Give a clever name to a combination
of two or more businesses, as in the examples above from Week 641. See the 2005 results in this week’s Style Conversational column at bit.ly/conv1217; not only are they fabulous puns, but they’ll show you which jokes won’t be eligible this time around.
Submit entries at this website: bit.ly/enter-invite-1217 (all lowercase). Winner gets the Inkin’ Memorial, the Lincoln statue bobblehead that is the official Style Invitational trophy. Second place receives a Potty Basketball game, which includes a little wallmounted hoop, three miniballs, a courtmotif floor mat, and that allimportant Do Not Disturb sign. This prize may well suit those Losers not musically adept enough for last week’s prize, the Toilet Tunes electronic mat. Donated, brandnew, by Loser Steven Steele Cawman, who got it from Bed Bath & Beyond, presumably in the Beyond department.
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 13; results published April 2 (online March 30). See general contest rules and guidelines at wapo.st/InvRules. The headline for this week’s results was sent by both Chris Doyle and Tom Witte; the honorablementions subhead is by Jeff Contompasis. 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.