A weekly competition hosted by the Washington Post
. It appears on Sundays (except when it is on hiatus), in the Style section. Ostensibly, a way to burn a few column inches
in the already outsized periodical, the Invitational often includes humor of the most offensive
, generally hilarious
Each week two sections are published. The first is the new contest, usually proposed by a reader. This is often a word game or other sort of cerebral (used loosely) challenge. The second section is the results of the contest initiated several weeks previously. Several runners-up are highlighted, and a first-place winner anointed. This winner typically is awarded some sort of booby prize (also usually submitted by a reader). The remainder of the column is just that, as many of the better remaining entries as are required to fill in Tony Kornheiser's shortfall for the week.
Irony: One does not actually have to be invited to participate in the Style Invitational.