rd or phrase, and define or describe it, as in our artist Bob Staake’s very Bobbian example above. The anagram of a single word may be a multi-word phrase, or vice versa.
Winner gets the Inker, the official Style Invitational trophy. Second place receives a 2012 Talking Fortune Teller calendar — a large wall-hanger with two buttons that call forth various male and female predictions that are about as daring as a blue blazer and khaki pants at a D.C. budget hearing (e.g., “The odds are in your favor — if your intention is clear”). Donated by the Style section’s Donna Peremes, who bought it but said it had started to “creep me out.” Donna is easily creeped out, clearly.
Other runners-up win their choice of a coveted Style Invitational
or yearned-for Loser Mug. Honorable mentions get a lusted-after Loser magnet. First Offenders get a tree-shaped air “freshener” (FirStink for their first ink). E-mail entries to email@example.com or fax to 202-334-4312. Deadline is Monday, Jan. 30; results published Feb. 19 (Feb. 17 online). No more than 25 entries per entrant per week. Include “Week 955” in your e-mail subject line or it may be ignored as spam. Include your real name, postal address and phone number with your entry. See contest rules and guidelines at washingtonpost.com/styleinvitational. The revised title for next week was submitted by both Tom Witte and Dave Prevar; the subhead for this week’s honorable mentions is by Tom Witte. Join the Style Invitational Devotees on Facebook at on.fb.me/invdev.
Report from Week 951
in which we asked you to pair a word with the same word (or the same spelling) or with a homophone — a differently spelled word that sounds the same — and define the resulting phrase. Because the Empress has absolute power niftily combined with Always Knowing What’s Best, she decided also to allow a word to be “paired” with a multi-word phrase, and for two multi-word phrases. If you disapprove of the violators, please do not be amused by them.
The winner of the Inker
Fact shun faction: The Fox News Channel lineup. (Kathy Hardis Fraeman, Olney, Md.)
Winner of the Dear Leader Tongue Scraper, picturing Kim Jong-Il on the package:
Auntie-dote antidote: Spray to ward off smoochy relatives. (Ann Martin, Bracknell, England)
Caucasus caucuses: “Everyone who favor Oleg, line up in this corner over here. Everyone who favor other guys, line up in front of open pit.” (Mike Gips, Bethesda, Md.)
Ta-ta ta-ta: Breast reduction. (Dion Black, Washington)
Nixed doubles: honorable mentions
Airline err line: The lost-luggage counter. (Kathy Hardis Fraeman)
Ark arc: A rainbow. (Jason Talbott, Pendleton, Ore., a First Offender)
Awful offal:What sweetbreads look like the moment you realize they are neither sweet nor bread. (Nandini Lal, Bethesda, Md.)