New for Week 1239: MASH 3
The Hateful Eight Is Enough: Trump decides to fire yet more White House aides. La La Land Before Time: Peppy candycolored dinosaurs strut their stuff on the La Brea Swampway. Bringing Up Baby Driver: A spoiled heiress and her pet leopard are on the lam after a botched robbery.
Here’s a contest we haven’t done since Week 939 in 2011 (and only once before that, in the Empress’s Invite youth of Week 610 in 2005). And since movies have been coming Fast and Furious (6, 7 and 8) since then, we have lots more titles — not to mention lots more material — to work with. This week: Combine two movie titles and
describe the result, as in the examples above by Loser Duncan Stevens, who suggested bringing back this contest. Note: The two titles need not overlap their last and first words, as they do in the examples; in fact, they don’t even have to have any words exactly in common; what’s important is that a reader can tell which two titles are being combined. For instance, the Week 610 winner, by Paul Whittemore, was “‘Terminators of Endearment’: At last, the perfect ‘compromise’ date movie.” Submit entries at this website: wapo.st/enterinvite1239 (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 ball cap with a nice fat felt pig snout and ears sticking out of it, along with cute googly eyes. It’s a promotion for a company called (don’t know why) New Pig Corp., a maker of absorbent pads and mats. Donated by Loser Dave Prevar. 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. 14; results published Sept. 3 (online Aug. 31). See general contest rules and guidelines at wapo.st/InvRules. The headline for this week’s results was submitted by both Chris Doyle and Jesse Frankovich; the honorablementions subhead is by Jeff Contompasis. 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; follow @StyleInvite on Twitter.