Submit entries at the website wapo.st/enter-invite-1303
Winner gets the Lose Cannon,
our Style Invitational trophy.
Second place receives our Deluxe Culinary Gift Pack courtesy of Loser Connie Schott of West Plains, Mo.: There’s an apron emblazoned with the “Squirrel Pot Pie” logo of the Ozark Heritage Festival, from right in West Plains, and — nope, sorry, no squirrel pot pie, but the next best thing: two big sticks of Roadkill, which is like a Slim Jim but instead of beef and chicken, its ingredients include “venison, elk, wild boar (meat from feral swine) . . . pheasant, rabbit . . .” Perhaps it’s a diet like this that accounts for the disproportionate presence of three denizens of West Plains (population 12,000) among the Loser Community, accounting for 240 blots of Style Invitational ink, including 10 wins. I’m thinking it’s the elk.
win our “You Gotta Play to Lose” Loser Mug or our Grossery Bag, “I Got a B in Punmanship” (or perhaps a new design). Honorable mentions get one of our lusted-after Loser magnets, “We’ve Seen Better” or “IDiot Card.” First Offenders receive only a smelly tree-shaped air “freshener” (FirStink for their first ink). Deadline is Monday night, Nov. 5; results published Nov. 25 (online Wednesday, Nov. 21). See general contest rules and guidelines at wapo.st/InvRules. The headline for this week’s results is by Jesse Frankovich; Dave Prevar and Tom Witte each submitted this week’s honorable-mentions subhead. Join the Style Invitational Devotees group on Facebook at on.fb.me/invdev. “Like” Style Invitational Ink of the Day on Facebook at bit.ly/inkofday; follow @StyleInvite on Twitter.
The Style Conversational The Empress's weekly online column discusses each new contest and set of results. Especially if you plan to enter, check it out at wapo.st/styleconv.
And from The Style Invitational four weeks ago . . .
WORD SERIES MVPs: THE CHAINS OF WEEK 1299
In Week 1299
we posted a list of words that were recently added to Merriam-Webster’s Scrabble dictionary, and asked the Losers to take any two of the words and create a word chain to link them, by meaning, similar sounds or both. Hildy Zampella’s elegantly pithy “LISTICLE > testicle > NUTJOB” made the Empress wish she hadn’t stated a minimum of six words in the chain.
Baffled by some of the connections? Click on the links in the chains below for explanations or at least hints.)
OK> Oklahoma > Cherokee > Indian nickel > Ni > Knights Who Say Ni > Monty Python > king cobra > Stephen King > “Carrie” > John le Carré > Smiley > frowny (Chris Doyle, Denton, Tex.)
Bestie > old chum > shark bait > American Bar Association > “I like beer” > Dos Equis > XX > “Twenty Ways to Please Your Man” > listicle (Mark Raffman, Reston, Va.)
and the real snapping-turtle skull:
Sho (old Tibetan currency) > “Show me the money!” > Tom Cruise > “Risky Business” > Paul Manafort > singing > Aretha > urethra > golden shower > ew! (Jesse Frankovich, Grand Ledge, Mich.)
And the winner of the Lose Cannon:
Zen > Buddhist > Christian > Fletcher Christian > Mutiny on the Bounty > paper towels > Hurricane Maria > "Wind in the Willows" > Mr. Toad's Wild Ride > Stormy Daniels > substorm (Kevin Dopart, Washington)
Second strings: Honorable mentions
Captcha > “I’m not a robot” > Marco Rubio > bottled water > Aquafina > aquafaba (Jesse Frankovich)
Captcha > “not a robot” > Turing Test > Alan Turing > “The Imitation Game” > Rich Little > Notorious B.I.G > Notorious RBG > RBF > frowny (Pam Sweeney, Burlington, Mass.)
> must have $1,099 iPhone XS > I phone exes > “I Want You Back” > Jackson Five > Michael Jackson > “Thriller” > zomboid (Luke Baker, Columbia, Md.)
Hivemind > the Borg > Bjorn Borg > Björn Again > John 3:3 > Papa John’s > papasan > Comfy Chair > Monty Python > “The Full Monty” > twerk (Stephen Dudzik, Olney, Md.)
Farro (a grain) >wheat > Wil Wheaton > Star Trek > Patrick Stewart > Saint Patrick > St. Louis > Arch > Archibald Cox > Watergate > Deep Throat > “Deep Throat” > nutjob (Neal Starkman, Seattle)
Puggle (pug-beagle) > boxer > Oscar De La Hoya > Georgetown Prep > Brett Kavanaugh> boys will be boys > Green Mountain Boys > Vermont > Ben & Jerry’s > Cherry Garcia > the Grateful Dead > Phish > rootkit
(computer hacking tools) (Chris Doyle)
Puggle > snuggle > foreplay > four-ply > Cottonelle > president’s foot > cankles (fat ankles) (Jeff Shirley, Richmond, Va.)
Listicle > Popsicle > “Pop Goes the Weasel” > slimeball > spit > vice presidency > Pence > sterling > starling > cuckoo > truther (Ellen Ryan, Rockville, Md.)
Bizjet > airplane > “Don’t call me Shirley” > Shirley Temple > Good Ship Lollipop > Pudding Pops > Bill Cosby > 3 to 10 > “3:10 to Yuma” > Jeff Flake > snowflake > Snow White > Grumpy > frowny (Kevin Dopart)
Sriracha > Tabasco > Louisiana > New Orleans > Mardi Gras > “Girls Gone Wild” > spring break > Springsteen > “Born in the USA” > born again > Mike Pence > lap dog > puggle (Drew Bennett, West Plains, Mo.)
Vape > inhale > Bill Clinton > Hillary Clinton > server > Serena Williams > Robin Williams > standup > Viagra > yowza (Tom Witte, Montgomery Village, Md.)
Mulloway (a kind of fish) > jewfish > gefilte fish > carp > carpe diem > seize the day > search and seizure > Julius Caesar > Veni Vidi Vici > Gaul > Macron > macaron (Mark Raffman)
Wayback > WABAC machine > Mr. Peabody > Sherman > tanks > you’re welcome > Willkommen > “Cabaret” > cabernet > France > macaron (Jeff Contompasis, Ashburn, Va.)
Conlang (an invented language) > High Valyrian > “GoT” > Got Milk? > spilled milk > no use crying > “No Woman, No Cry” > reggae > Rasta > ganja > wacky tobacky > vape (Bill Dorner, Indianapolis)
Farro > wheat > Wheaties > Special K > 401(k) > ESOP > Aesop > “The Tortoise and the Hare” > “Yertle the Turtle” > Mitch McConnell > Elaine Chao > chow chow > puggle (Chris Doyle)
Zen > koan > Cohen > “the fixer” > “The Fixer” > Malamud > malamute > sled > Kane > mutiny > Bounty > paper towels > Puerto Rico >
facepalm (Rob Huffman, Fredericksburg, Va.)
Pizzazz > ZZ Top > James Beard > Julia Child > Meryl Streep > Abba > Waterloo > beatdown
(William Pifer-Foote, Carmichael, Calif.)
Chyron > crawl > creep > rake > leaves > “Free Fallin’ ” > Tom Petty > Heartbreakers > jawbreakers > Jolly Rancher > Jolly Roger > pirate > stolen treasure > bitcoin (Hildy Zampella, Alexandria, Va.)
Emoji > emotion > jealousy > Othello > checkers > exchequer > Brexit > EU > ew (Jim Blue, Gaithersburg, Md.)
Aquafaba (water in which beans were boiled) > chickpeas > chicks pee > “the dossier” > Christopher Steele > Bethlehem Steel > “Away in a Manger” > Mangia bene > arancini (Italian rice balls) (Mark Raffman)
Sriracha > red beans > sriracha > red beans > sriracha, sriracha > red beans > sriracha, sriracha, sriracha > red beans > yowza (Warren Tanabe, Annapolis, Md.)
Farro > pharaoh > Moses > Bush > Katrina > the Big Easy > Your Mama > cankles (Jesse Frankovich)
Truther > whatever > whatever > whatever > whatever > nutjob (Mark Raffman)
Nutjob > flake > Tony the Tiger > “Life of Pi” > geometry > Oval Office > Monica Lewinsky > B.J. Hunnicutt > “M*A*S*H” > battlefield surgery > ew (Steve Fahey, Kensington, Md.)
Facepalm > Palm Beach > Mar-a-Lago > Lagos, Nigeria > Nigerian prince scam > catfish > mulloway (Pam Sweeney)
Capcom > NASA > Nassau > Bahama Mama > Mother, May I? > Mike Pence > Veep > VIP > pooh-bah > Winnie the Pooh > Christopher Robin > Robin Thicke > “Blurred Lines” > bokeh
Bitcoin > cybercash > Johnny Cash > “Ring of Fire” > “You’re Fired!” > “Celebrity Apprentice” > “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” > F minor > D minor > minor edema > cankle (Mark Raffman)
Santoku (chef’s knife) > cleaver > Beaver > Oregon > “Portlandia” > Fred and Carrie > Carrie Underwood > Underwood Deviled Ham > Mason Reese > Reese Witherspoon > gag me with a spoon > ew (Chris Doyle)
Schneid (losing streak) > losers > Style Invitational > Empress > impress > flattery > flatter the E > “The best E!” > bestie
(Eric Nelkin, Silver Spring, Md.)
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