New con­test for Week 1228: That movie is SO about you

The Washington Post Sunday - - DIVERSIONS -

“There’s a Girl in My Soup”: Jef­frey Dah­mer (Stephen Dudzik; Char­lie Stein­hice) “You Only Live Twice”: Elvis (Rus­sell Be­land) “The Curse of the Fly”: Bill Clin­ton (Mary Lee Fox Roe) “The Tip Off”: John Wayne Bob­bitt (Mary Lee Fox Roe)

Back in 1998 the Empress’s pre­de­ces­sor, the Czar of the Style In­vi­ta­tional, ran a con­test whose an­gle was the ru­mor at the time that the ro­mance of Al and Tip­per Gore was the in­spi­ra­tion for the book and movie “Love Story.” (Au­thor Erich Segal de­nied it, but said the Har­vard preppy char­ac­ter Oliver Bar­rett IV was a com­bi­na­tion of the young Al and his col­lege room­mate, Tommy Lee Jones.) The re­sults of Week 252 were highly top­i­cal, laden with 1998­head­line names: Frank Gif­ford! Mar­lene Cooke! Michael Fay! Pamela Anderson Lee! M. Larry Lawrence! So let’s give an­other go to this con­test, now that we can use lots of peo­ple who (if we’re lucky) will be trivia ques­tions them­selves 19 years from now. This week: Name some­one who was the “se­cret

in­spi­ra­tion” for a certain movie, as in the more last­ing ex­am­ples above from Week 252. The E pre­dicts that most of the hu­mor will come from word­play on the movie ti­tles, as above, but it’s pos­si­ble that some jokes could re­fer to the films’ ac­tual con­tent. This con­test is far more short­form than most In­vi­ta­tional con­tests, and we’re likely to get lots of du­pli­ca­tion among the 1,000­plus en­tries. So the ink will likely go to the most imag­i­na­tive Losers.

Sub­mit en­tries at this web­site: bit.ly/en­ter-in­vite-1228 (all low­er­case).

Win­ner gets the Inkin’ Memo­rial, the Lin­coln statue bob­ble­head that is the of­fi­cial Style In­vi­ta­tional tro­phy. Sec­ond place re­ceives a three­count­’em­three gen­uine 1970s copies of “The Losers,” a se­ries of comic books about World War II an­ti­heroes that, by the Viet­nam era, had taken an an­ti­war per­spec­tive. (It was a later, un­re­lated “Losers” comic, about CIA rene­gades, that inspired the movie we gave out in Week 1194.) Do­nated by 20­Time Loser Him­self Perry Bei­der.

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 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 Tues­day night, May 30; re­sults pub­lished June 18 (on­line June 15). See gen­eral con­test rules and guide­lines at wapo.st/In­vRules. The head­line “Liken or Not” was sub­mit­ted by both Beverley Sharp and Tom Witte; the honor­able­men­tions sub­head is by Kevin Dopart. 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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