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