News fit for a queen — and the jesters behind Post Hunt...

YOU MAY KNOW Gene Weingarten best as The Post’s humor columnist, or a two-time Pulitzer winner for features journalism, or — to many Comic Riffs readers — as the co-creator of the comic strip “Barney & Clyde.”

But if you’ve seen Gene in person, chances are likely that you’ve experienced him in the flesh (ahem) as one of the ringleaders behind the civic-circus-for-a-day that is the Post Hunt.

Weingarten and accomplices Tom Shroder and Dave Barry will be your hosts (and devious clue-masters) for Post Hunt V this Sunday, beginning at noon at downtown Washington’s Franklin Square Park. (Participants are advised to show up by 11:30 a.m.)

You can pick up this weekend’s Washington Post Magazine for everything you need (except the answers), including: the instructions and the helpful tips, the Opening Questions and the Hunt map (deftly rendered by Kagan McLeod, whose work you can view in the gallery below).

If you’re new to all this, you might want to check out this week’s live Post Chat that Weingarten, Shroder and Barry carried out with all the high solemnity they are known for.

And if you plan to play: Good luck!



View Photo Gallery: A look at the illustrations adorning this year’s Post Hunt issue of The Washington Post Magazine, and covers from the Hunt’s history.




IT’S THE BEST DOODLE you might not otherwise see. Today, Google has sent its regards to Great Britain via the tech titan’s UK search homepage. It is there that Google toasts the queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Passionate horsewoman that she is, Queen Elizabeth II kicks off the extended four-day holiday today by heading to the races. But in today’s Google Doodle, it’s the queen’s hounds that get the love.

The Royal Doodle depicts the Queen in silhouette, with the “E” in ”Google” standing in as her crown, and mammoth diamonds make up each “O.” And there, beneath the gold-and-blue banner marking her 60-year reign, are two dogs — a nod to the queen’s jolly fondness for corgis and dorgis.

And if you turn/click to the Style section in Saturday’s Post, you’ll see us asking local Britons with a wink: What do we Yanks miss out on by not having our own royal family to uphold/stalk/pay for?

You can view that cheeky piece right HERE.




It’s the best video of the day you might not otherwise see if you’re not already a fan of their work.

You may recall “Address Is Approximate,” last December’s viral video that made inventive use of Google Street View. London-based filmmakers Tom Jenkins and Simon Sharp quickly scored millions of views, leading to a feature-production deal with WME for their commercial company, The Theory.

Now, Jenkins and Sharp have posted their latest non-commercial pet project:Speed of Light / aka/ The World's Tiniest Police Chase.” — made from “the world's smallest video projectors.”

“We'd been thinking about doing something with handheld projectors for a while, as they're so cool ... ,” Jenkins tells Comic Riffs, who notes that the personal project was “something relatively confined” and was “all set in and around our office in London — the same place ‘Address Is Approximate’ was filmed.”

It was a months-long project, with Jenkins and Sharp learning as they went. They filmed the model cars on green-screen, created the small clips to be projected, then brought it all together through editing. “We also had to learn about anamorphic perspective and distortion,” Jenkins tells ‘Riffs, “so the projections look 3-D when filmed in a certain way.”

So here ‘tis: Wee baddies, tiny squad cars — and great fun: