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New contest for Week 1453: Haven’t read it — mis-subtitle a book


One Hundred Years of Solitude

Wrong subtitle: The Covid Hoax Continues

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Spice Up Your Love Life With Costumes

Small Vices

The Best Tools for Making Doll House Furniture

This week’s contest was suggested by 292-time Loser Jon Gearhart, who couldn’t sleep and so thought up this contest along with about 20 examples: Choose any book title listed on Amazon and misinterpr­et it by adding a subtitle, as in Jon’s examples above; famous titles, or ones whose real subjects are obvious, might work best for this contest. (All together now: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos owns The Washington Post.)

ANNOUNCING THE 2021-2022 LOSER MAGNETS! Each year since 2003, Our Art Guy Bob Staake has created a pair of magnets for the Invite’s honorable mentions. They may be the size of a business card, but you can also think of them as limited-edition (500 each) Staake prints. The ideas were inking entries in our 2015 contest for magnet slogans; “A Small Jester of Appreciati­on” is by Elizabeth Molyé; Nancy Della Rovere had suggested “No Cigar,” and Bob turned it into an homage to Magritte’s painting “This Is Not a Pipe.” Elizabeth and Nancy each win a magnet, six years later.

For this week’s contest: Submit up to 25 entries at (no capitals in the Web address). Deadline is Monday, Sept. 20; results appear Oct. 10 in print, Oct. 7 online.

Winner gets the Clowning Achievemen­t, our Style Invitation­al trophy. Second place receives a set of three genuine dried “naturally glowing edible scorpions” — along with a black-light flashlight that’s supposed to create that natural glow. Edible? Well, that’s what the package says. It also says, “Amaze your friends.” We suggest not edding them. Donated by Dave Prevar.

Other runners-up win their choice of our “For Best Results, Pour Into Top End” Loser Mug or our “Whole Fools” Grossery Bag. Honorable mentions get either one of the new lusted-after Loser magnets or the current “No ’Bility” or “Punderachi­ever.” First Offenders receive only a smelly tree-shaped air “freshener” (FirStink for their first ink). See general contest rules and guidelines at InvRules. The headline “Look Both Ways” is by Beverley Sharp; Jeff Contompasi­s wrote the honorable-mentions subhead. Join the lively Style Invitation­al Devotees group on Facebook at; “like” the Style Invitation­al Ink of the Day on Facebook at inkofday; and follow @StyleInvit­e on Twitter.

The Style Conversati­onal: The Empress’s weekly online column discusses each new contest and set of results. See this week’s at

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