Style Invitational Week 895: Our cartoon caption contest; plus word-palindrome winners

By The Empress
Saturday, November 20, 2010; 12:00 AM


Week 895: Picture this

We knew that the word-palindrome contest of Week 891 would be one of our most challenging ever, and so the Empress figured (correctly, as usual) that she'd finally have space in the paper to run these Bob Staake masterpieces at a somewhat legible size four weeks later. This week: Supply a caption for any of these cartoons. Please designate them by the given letter, since we may well have no idea what you're getting at, the weird way you think.

Winner gets the Inker, the official Style Invitational trophy. Second place receives an aerosol can of Prof. Putznik's World-Famous [Word Beginning With B and Meaning Nonsense] Repellent, discourtesy of Genuine Washington Post Editor Lynn Medford, a straight-talking (though comically Southern-talking) journalist who will never nonsense you.

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 or by fax to 202-334-4312. Deadline is Monday, Nov. 29. Put "Week 895" 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 Dec. 18. 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 title for next week's results is by Tom Witte; the honorable-mentions subhead is by Beverley Sharp.

Report from Week 891

In which we asked you to create word-palindrome sentences -- that is, sentences in which the first and last word were the same, the second and next-to-last, etc. To make things a weensy bit easier, and to allow for more humor, we allowed the mirroring words to be homophones of each other, as in "way" and "weigh," or even more creative sound-alikes, such as the one for "Miss Tennessee" below. We also decided that "a sentence" could be as many sentences as we liked.

We knew this would be a killer contest. On the other hand, we also knew that we had had many killer contests in the past -- and we're not dead yet. Once again, the Losers get it done, backward and forward. Also not surprisingly, they showed great interest in the texting adventures of quarterback Brett Favre.

The winner of the inker

Quoth Raven: "Nevermore!" . . . BLAM! . . . Nevermore Raven quoth. (Peter Jenkins, Bethesda)

2: "You have two mothers. The telling test: telling the mothers to halve you. -- Solomon (Gary Crockett, Chevy Chase)

3: Burning with desire ended badly: ended desire, with burning. (Elwood Fitzner, Valley City, N.D.)

4: "Ew, junk mail. Of male junk??! Ewwwww." -- Brett Favre's text-receiver Jenn Sterger (Kevin Dopart, Washington)

Either way, they lose: Honorable mentions

Miss Tennessee? I see a 10, miss! (Beverley Sharp, Washington)

Boy drops by, says: "Girl, size matters." Sighs girl. Says "Bye!" Drops boy. (Chris Doyle, Ponder, Tex.)

"Americans' all-out war wore out all Americans." - 22nd-century Afghan historian (Gary Crockett)

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