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Verse or Worse

A floral tribute, and a Ventura venture

The Verse or Worse electorate, back from contemplating sneaker cologne a few weeks ago, moved quickly to decide which of the entries in the competition for a headline about stolen cemetery flowers took the roses, so to speak. Read more…

Pick the petal-pinching prizewinner

Your genial host was pleased to see that Verse or Worseifiers didn’t find especially distasteful the challenge he issued last week: to write an amusing headline for the story about people stealing flowers from graves — and sometimes putting them on

Scents preserve us: A winner! And a floral problem

The Verse or Worse electorate, no doubt charmed by the aroma suggested by his entry in the competition for entities unlikely to market perfume and the name of the perfume they wouldn’t market, has voted to honor Russell Swinburne Romine by awarding

Select the scent of success

Last week your genial host was embarrassed by the lack of an embarrassment of entries in that week’s competition (imagining fragrances from sources as unlikely as the one that first stunned him — sneaker-maker Adidas).

What’s that peculiar scent? A second chance!

Ordinarily this would be the week, in the inexorable, changeless changing of the Verse or Worse cycle, in which your genial host presents the five best entries in the previous week’s competition and asks you, the vast Verse or Worse public, to vote

A Swifty victor and a stinky challenge

Verse or Worse readers who love (or hate) Tom Swifties lined up to vote Cathleen Cotter’s entry the best of the five presented — not that there was anything wrong with the others, your genial host announced forthrightly. Read more…

Help choose the best Swifty (selectively)

Verse or Worsifiers hit their stride in this week’s competition, in which they were asked to produce Tom Swifties — on any fairly recent event. Read more… By Al Sicherman 

From the best one-sound piece to punning adverbs

Once more the voice of the vast Verse or Worse crowd spoke last week, this time to choose the top bit wrought with words of just one sound. (I’ll stop that now.) Read more… By Al Sicherman 

Choose the best monosyllabic entry about Paul Douglas

The current competition, in which Verse or Worsifiers were called upon to discuss the dismissal of TV weatherman Paul Douglas in words of one syllable, produced rather an odd assortment. Read more… By Al Sicherman 

Choose the choicest cheerleaders

Well, it appears that wheedling and whining works (or that begging is beneficial, or that entreating is efficacious).

Tap the tiptop terrible-toggery title

The current Verse or Worse competition, a call to suggest names for the furnishers of the appalling apparel favored on weekends by men of a certain age, produced what your genial host feels was an even nicer collection of possibilities than usual.

Click for the cream of the car/nations

As usual, entries in the current Verse or Worse competition varied considerably in form. Each was to be a make of car manufactured in and named for a country, with an amusingly descriptive model name. Read more… By Al Sicherman 

Select the superlative singer/song situation

As almost always, your genial host yet again had difficulty singling out five entries to set before the vast MinnPost community for the selection of the one shining example that will receive the particularly resplendent MinnPost T-shirt.

Keillor musical set to go; now sign up some celebrities

The winner of the competition for the Broadway musical based on the short-lived Garrison Keillor lawsuit (about a neighbor’s addition blocking his house’s access to light and air) is Tonya DePriest, for her touching, bittersweet “No Fiddling With t

Make your mark for the most memorable musical

Your genial host thought he might have been stepping out of the figurative Verse or Worse comfort zone in issuing the current challenge, which involved Garrison Keillor’s aborted lawsuit.