New con­test for Week 1238: D-E-F Com­edy Jam (or E-D-F, etc.)

The Washington Post Sunday - - DIVERSIONS -

E­D­F — En­vi­ron­men­tal De­struc­tion Fund: The ad­min­is­tra­tion finds ONE part of the EPA bud­get to in­crease. E­F­D — “En­ergy For Dum­mies”: “A great read for three rea­sons: the pages are num­bered; I learned some en­ergy things; and . . . ummm” — R. Perry D­F­E — Don­ald For Em­peror: The RNC tests some early 2020 elec­tion slo­gans.

Here’s In­stall­ment 2 of a con­test that will march in­ter­mit­tently through the al­pha­bet. Last sum­mer in Week 1179, we asked you to come up with three­word phrases whose words be­gan with A­B­C, C­B­A or any other ar­range­ment of those let­ters (win­ner by Chris Damm: “Cot And Bagel: a low­bud­get bed­and­break­fast”). And so: This week: Coin a three­word phrase (you may add an in­signif­i­cant word or two) whose words be­gin with D, E and F — in any or­der — and de­scribe it, as in the ex­am­ples above by Jeff Shirley, who sug­gested this con­test in the first place. You might also come up with a bril­liantly clever de­scrip­tion of an ex­ist­ing phrase. See the A­B­C re­sults at bit.ly/in­vite1183. Sub­mit en­tries at this web­site: wapo.st/en­ter­in­vite1238 (all low­er­case). Win­ner gets the Inkin’ Memo­rial, the Lin­coln statue bob­ble­head that is the of­fi­cial Style In­vi­ta­tional tro­phy — one of the last few be­fore we come out with a new de­sign. Sec­ond place re­ceives a pair of long, rub­bery, pink, curly “oc­to­pus fin­gers” (or, as their Dan­ish la­bel puts it, “blaek­sprut­tef­in­gre”) that fit over your own fin­gers for, well, we don’t know what for. To make your hand look like an oc­to­pus. Do­nated by Roy and Inge Ash­ley. Other run­ners-up win our “You Gotta Play to Lose” Loser Mug or our Grossery Bag, “I Got a B in Pun­man­ship.” Hon­or­able men­tions get one of our 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, Aug. 7; re­sults pub­lished Aug. 27 (on­line Aug. 24). See gen­eral con­test rules and guide­lines at wapo.st/In­vRules. 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, isn’t hap­pen­ing this week, but the E will take ques­tions at pat.my­ers@wash­post.com.

BOB STAAKE FOR THE WASH­ING­TON POST

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