New con­test for Week 1226: Colt Fol­low­ing: The ‘grand­foals’

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For the 12th straight year, the Em­press is scan­dalously send­ing to­day’s win­ning and Los­ing foal names from Week 1222 straight to the stud barn (or brood­mare pas­ture, what­ever) for our “grand­foal” con­test. This week: “Breed” any two of the 61 foal names that got ink this week, and name the off­spring to re­flect both

par­ents’ names, in the style of to­day’s ink­ing en­tries. As al­ways, the names are lim­ited to 18 char­ac­ters, but one or more of the char­ac­ters may be punc­tu­a­tion marks or nu­mer­als. You may run words to­gether, but the name still should be easy to read. Use the for­mat “Name A x Name B = Grand­foal Name” (on one line per en­try), and make sure you spell the “par­ents’’’ names as they’re spelled here.

Sub­mit en­tries at this web­site: bit.ly/en­ter-in­vite-1226 (all low­er­case).

Win­ner gets the Inkin’ Me­mo­rial, the Lin­coln statue bob­ble­head that is the of­fi­cial Style In­vi­ta­tional tro­phy. Sec­ond place re­ceives — apro­pos of our os­ten­si­bly an­i­mal­cen­tered con­test, not to men­tion dou­ble-en­ten­dre — the book “Boo­bies, Peck­ers and Tits: One Man’s Naked Per­spec­tive.” It’s a mem­oir by one Olaf Daniel­son, who trav­els around the world ob­serv­ing birds in the nude (and we mean Olaf is, not the birds, though they are pre­sum­ably also un­clothed). A back-cover blurb de­scribes it tact­fully as an “ut­terly unique book.” Do­nated by Loser Jeff Con­tom­pa­sis.

Other run­ners-up win our new “You Gotta Play to Lose” Loser Mug or our Grossery Bag, “I Got a B in Pun­man­ship.” Hon­or­able men­tions get one of our new lusted-after Loser mag­nets, “No Child­ish­ness Left Be­hind” or “Mag­num Do­pus.” First Of­fend­ers re­ceive only a smelly tree-shaped air “fresh­ener” (FirStink for their first ink). Dead­line is Mon­day night, May 15; re­sults pub­lished June 4 (on­line June 1). See gen­eral con­test rules and guide­lines at wapo.st/In­vRules. The head­line for this week’s re­sults is by Jeff Con­tom­pa­sis; the hon­or­able-men­tions sub­head was sug­gested sep­a­rately by Nan Reiner, Frank Osen and Tom Witte. Join the Style In­vi­ta­tional Devo­tees group on Face­book at on.fb.me/ in­vdev. “Like” 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.

BOB STAAKE FOR THE WASHINGTON POST

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