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Week 889: Tour de Fours neologism contest: Make up a word containing the block of letters P, O, L and E

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Saturday, October 9, 2010

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For no reason at all except that we haven't used an O or a P in the previous six runnings of this annual contest: Coin and define a humorous word that includes -- with no other letters between them, but in any order -- the letters P, O, L and E, as in the example above by Renaissance Man Bob Staake Himself. It has to be a new word (or hyphenated compound), not a new definition for a well-known existing word.

Winner gets the Inker, the official Style Invitational trophy. Second place wins this handsome squeaky dog toy in the shape of a typical bikini-wearing poultry carcass that seems to have two unfortunate polyps in the breast meat. Perhaps the best thing about it is the name of the product, Baking Beauties. Donated by Craig Dykstra, whose beagle Daisy sensibly would have nothing to do with it.

Other runners-up win their choice of a coveted Style Invitational Loser T-shirt or yearned-for Loser Mug. Honorable Mentions get one of the lusted-after Style Invitational Loser Magnets. First Offenders get a smelly, tree-shaped air "freshener" (Fir Stink for their First Ink). One prize per entrant per week. Send your entries by e-mail to losers@washpost.com or by fax to 202-334-4312. Deadline is Monday, Oct. 18. Put "Week 889" in the subject line of your e-mail, or it risks being ignored as spam. Include your name, postal address and phone number with your entry. Contests are judged on the basis of humor and originality. All entries become the property of The Washington Post. Entries may be edited for taste or content. Results to be published Nov. 6. No purchase required for entry. Employees of The Washington Post, and their immediate relatives, are not eligible for prizes. Pseudonymous entries will be disqualified. The revised titles for next week's results are by Chris Doyle and Craig Dykstra, respectively. The honorable-mentions subhead is by Gary Crockett; the headline for the Web-only supplement ("Bank reserves") is by Kevin Dopart.

Report from Week 885

in which we asked you to reinterpret the meaning of a Washington Post headline by writing a "bank head" under it: Among the heads too frequently submitted -- they were just too easy: "New bore reaches 33 trapped miners" ("Limbaugh takes over rescue shift from Gore"); "FDA rules won't require salmon labels" ("Coral, pale rose deemed close enough").

The winner of the Inker

Saudis may get huge arms deal Landmark 'oil for spinach' accord signed (Elden Carnahan, Laurel)

2. winner of the dispenser full of actual red tape:
He surprises even himself
National peekaboo champion reveals grueling training program (Kevin Dopart, Washington)

3. Baltimore honors late rocker Frank Zappa with bust
Heirs question 'honor' of posthumous pot arrest (Bruce Alter, Fairfax Station)

4. These Redskins are as entertaining as they are unpredictable
Excerpts published from just-discovered Custer diary (Craig Dykstra, Centreville)

Undercapitalized banks: Honorable mentions

In back-to-school speech, Obama implores students to 'dream big'
Gingrich: President tells kids to sleep in class (Chris Doyle, Ponder, Tex.)

Essence of the D.C. sound
Siren and car-alarm festival starts today (Gary Crockett, Chevy Chase)

Government targets inmate's filings
Vows crackdown on cakes from Mom (Ira Allen, Bethesda)


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