Style Invitational Week 1413: We’re finna give you some new words

In a year that’s transformed our lives so greatly that you can’t watch a Christmas romcom without shuddering at the lack of social distancing in the tinkling sleigh, it’s not surprising that our language has changed as well. And of course our pals at Merriam-Webster are on the case. Below is a list of some of the words and phrases (including new usages for existing ones) added this year to the dictionary at m-w.com, along with a link to each full definition. This week: Write a poem of eight lines or fewer featuring one or more of these terms, as in the two-part example above by Julia Griffin, queen of Light magazine’s topical Poems of the Week at lightpoetrymagazine.com.

The terms must be used as they’re defined in the new m-w.com listing; e.g., “novel” needs to mean “not previously identified,” not only “new and fresh” or “what I will definitely write one of these days.” You may use a closely related form of the word, like a plural or adverb.

Submit up to 25 entries at wapo.st/enter-invite-1413 (no capitals in the Web address). Deadline is Monday, Dec. 14; results appear Jan. 3 in print, Dec. 31 online.

Winner gets the Clowning Achievement, the new Style Invitational trophy that we introduce today. The sorry-faced bozo replaces the Lose Cannon, which got its name from a Trumply spelled Trump tweet about Hillary Clinton; like its inspiration, it’s been with us since 2017 and we’d think it’s high time to put it behind us. There will be only 100 Clowning Achievements, since that’s how many “retired” little clown heads the Empress was able to score from some craft shop’s online clearance sale. Based on an idea by Loser Kevin Dopart.

Second place wins a box of Clamdy Canes — yup, clam-flavored candy canes. They’re a holly jolly yucky ucky greige and white. Donated by Loser Edward Gordon.

The Style Conversational: The Empress’s weekly online column discusses each new contest and set of results. See this week’s at wapo.st/conv1413.

New “You’re Invited” podcast episode: An interview with Hall of Fame Loser Jeff Contompasis, who tells how he changed his Invite approach after getting no ink for eight years. See bit.ly/invite-podcast.

DECK THE HAllS: THE SHORTENED SONG TITLES OF WEEK 1409

In Week 1409 the Empress asked the Losers to drop one or more letters from the middle of a song title. Half a dozen people offered EVERY BreATH YOU TAKE — “I’ll be washing you”; numerous others suggested YESterDAY“every day in the Trump White House.”

4th place:

DON’T LET ME dOWN: John Lennon’s little-known first song to contain the lyric “Imagine no possessions . . .” (Stephen Litterst, Newark, Del.)

3rd place:

SleIGH RIDE: A song about the long drive home after Thanksgiving dinner with the in-laws. (Steve Smith, Potomac, Md.)

2nd place

and the game What’s That Smell?:
I’M SO EXcITED: “I’m about to lose control, and I don’t

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Alabama vs. UNLV odds, line: 2020 Maui Invitational picks, college basketball predictions from proven model

The Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the UNLV Rebels at 9:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday at Harrah’s Cherokee Center as part of the 2020 Maui Invitational. This year’s event has been moved from Hawaii to Asheville, N.C., due to the coronavirus pandemic. Both teams lost on Monday and are now competing to finish as high as fifth place in this tournament setting. 

The Crimson Tide are favored by 11 points in the latest Alabama vs. UNLV odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under for total points is set at 156. Before making any UNLV vs. Alabama picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. It’s also off to a fast start in the 2020-21 season, going 4-1 on its top-rated picks and returning over $300. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Alabama vs. UNLV. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds for UNLV vs. Alabama:

  • Alabama vs. UNLV spread: Alabama -11
  • Alabama vs. UNLV over-under: 156 points
  • Alabama vs. UNLV money line: Alabama -650, UNLV +450

Latest Odds:

Crimson Tide
-11

What you need to know about Alabama

The Crimson Tide got off to a promising start this season by blasting Jacksonville State 81-57 in the opener, covering a 20.5-point spread in the process. But they weren’t able to carry that momentum into their matchup with Stanford in Asheville as the Cardinal won 82-64. Stanford had one of the best defenses in the nation last year and Alabama wasn’t able to get much going offensively against it. 

Alabama hopes to bounce back against this struggling UNLV squad. The Tide feature four players who are averaging double-digit scoring thus far: Jahvon Quinerly (16.0 ppg), Jaden Shackelford (14.0 ppg), John Petty Jr. (10.5 ppg) and Herbert Jones (10.0 ppg). Jones also leads the team in rebounding (8.0) and blocks (1.5) per game. 

What you need to know about UNLV

It has been a slow start for the Rebels out of the Mountain West. They were upset by Montana State 91-78 in their opeer and then got blown out by North Carolina 78-51 on Monday in Asheville. The Rebels failed to cover in both games. 

There weren’t a ton of bright spots against UNC, but guard Bryce Hamilton did score 15 points and grab four rebounds. The junior out of Pasadena, Calif., is averaging 21 points and 6.0 rebounds on the season and he’s coming off a 2019-20 campaign where he averaged 16.0 points and 5.5 rebounds. 

How to make Alabama vs. UNLV picks

SportsLine’s model has simulated Alabama vs. UNLV 10,000 times and the results are in. It is leaning under on the total,

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Texas vs. Indiana odds, line: 2020 Maui Invitational picks, college basketball predictions from proven model

The modified 2020 Maui Invitational continues on Tuesday as the No. 17 Texas Longhorns (2-0) take on the Indiana Hoosiers (2-0) in the semifinals. Concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic moved this event from Hawaii to Asheville, N.C. That’s where these NCAA Tournament contenders will tip it off at 1:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday. 

William Hill Sportsbook lists the Hoosiers as two-point favorites in the latest Texas vs. Indiana odds. The over-under for total points expected is set at 140, up three points from the opening line. Before making any Indiana vs. Texas picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of almost $2,600 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. It’s also off to a fast start in the 2020-21 season, going 4-1 on its top-rated picks and returning over $300. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Texas vs. Indiana. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Indiana vs. Texas:

  • Texas vs. Indiana spread: Indiana -2
  • Texas vs. Indiana over-under: 140 points
  • TEX: The Longhorns are 6-2 against the spread in their last eight overall games
  • IND: The Hoosiers are 2-0 against the spread this year

What you need to know about Texas 

The Longhorns entered the season nationally ranked and have had a couple strong performances so far. Texas knocked off UT-Rio Grande Valley 91-55 in its opener. The Longhorns then beat a solid Davidson program 78-76 on Monday to set up this matchup against the Hoosiers.

Texas is shooting 52.7 percent from the field and is averaging an impressive 42.5 rebounds per contest thus far on the young season. Guard Courtney Ramey leads the way with 17 points per game. Forward Greg Brown has been the main presence down low with 11 points and eight rebounds per contest. 

What you need to know about Indiana

The Hoosiers have also gotten off to a fast start as they look to build on last season’s 20-12 overall mark. Indiana took care of business against Tennessee Tech 89-59 in its opener. The Hoosiers then raced past Providence 79-58 on Monday. 

Forward Trayce Jackson-Davis has been the clear star thus far. The NBA prospect is averaging 19 points and nine rebounds per game through two games. Guard Al Durham (14.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg) and forward Race Thompson (13.5 ppg, 8.0 repg) are also off to nice starts. Indiana has played great defense, giving up just 58.5 points per game. 

How to make Texas vs. Indiana picks

SportsLine’s model is leaning over on the total, and it also says one side of the spread is hitting well over 50 percent of the time. You can only get the pick at SportsLine. 

So who wins Indiana

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Alabama vs. Stanford odds, line: 2020 Maui Invitational odds, college basketball picks from proven model

The Stanford Cardinal will take on the Alabama Crimson Tide at 9:30 p.m. ET Monday at Harrah’s Cherokee Center as part of the 2020 Maui Invitational. This year’s tournament has been moved to Asheville, N.C., due to the coronavirus pandemic. This will be the season opener for Stanford, while Alabama is off to a 1-0 start. 

The Crimson Tide are favored by 2.5 points in the latest Alabama vs. Stanford odds from William Hill Sportsbook. The over-under for total points is set at 147.5. Before entering any Stanford vs. Alabama picks, you’ll want to see the college basketball predictions from the model at SportsLine.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of $2,400 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.

Now, the model has set its sights on Alabama vs. Stanford. You can head to SportsLine to see its picks. Here are several college basketball odds for Stanford vs. Alabama:

  • Alabama vs. Stanford spread: Alabama -2.5
  • Alabama vs. Stanford over-under: 148 points
  • Alabama vs. Stanford money line: Alabama -145, Stanford +125

Latest Odds:

Cardinal
+2.5

What you need to know about Stanford 

Stanford is coming off a strong campaign after going 20-12 with a 9-9 mark in the Pac-12 during the 2019-20 season. It could have been much better had the Cardinal played well down the stretch. Stanford started the year 15-2, but went 5-10 after that. The season ended with a 63-51 loss to California in the first round of the Pac-12 Tournament. 

Jerod Haase’s squad will look to make a push for the NCAA Tournament this year. Leading scorer Oscar da Silva returns after averaging almost 16 points per game last year. And look for Stanford to again lean on its defense, which gave up just 62.5 points per contest last year. 

What you need to know about Alabama 

Alabama is coming a mediocre 16-15 campaign in coach Nate Oats’ first season in Tuscaloosa last year. The Tide went 8-10 in SEC play. They got off to a fast start this season, beating Jacksonville State 81-57 in the opener and covering the 20.5-point spread. 

Alabama got at least 12 points from each starter in that win, with Jaden Shackelford leading the way with 18. Senior forward Herbert Jones had 12 points, 12 rebounds and two blocks. 

How to make Alabama vs. Stanford picks

SportsLine’s model has simulated Alabama vs. Stanford 10,000 times and the results are in. It is leaning under on the total, and it has also generated a point-spread pick that is hitting in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only see the pick at SportsLine.

So who wins Alabama vs. Stanford? And which side of the spread is hitting in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine right now to see which side of the spread you need

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Indiana vs. Providence odds, line: 2020 Maui Invitational picks, predictions from proven model

Teams looking to stay perfect on the young season meet in the opening round of the 2020 Maui Invitational when the Indiana Hoosiers take on the Providence Friars on Monday in Asheville, N.C. The tournament was relocated due to the coronavirus pandemic. Indiana leads the all-time series 1-0. The only meeting between the schools was a 97-79 win by the Hoosiers during the 1973 NCAA Tournament. Providence enters the game on a seven-game winning streak dating back to last year.

Tip-off from the Cherokee Center is set for 2:30 p.m. ET. Providence holds a 31-30 all-time record vs. Big Ten Conference opponents. The Hoosiers are one-point favorites in the latest Indiana vs. Providence odds from William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 140. Before making any Providence vs. Indiana picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of $2,400 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns. 

Now, the model has set its sights on Indiana vs. Providence in the Maui Invitational 2020. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Providence vs. Indiana:

  • Indiana vs. Providence spread: Indiana -1
  • Indiana vs. Providence over-under: 140 points
  • Indiana vs. Providence money line: Indiana -125, Providence +104
  • IND: Is 56-43 under fourth-year coach Archie Miller
  • PROV: Is 99-68 all-time in in-season tournaments

Why Indiana can cover

The Hoosiers return a good chunk of their offense from a year ago, including sophomore forward and leading scorer Trayce Jackson-Davis, who started all 32 games. In the season opener against Tennessee Tech, Jackson-Davis poured in 26 points, while grabbing 11 rebounds. He hit 10 of 16 shots from the floor (63 percent), while adding three assists. Last season, Jackson-Davis led Indiana in scoring at 13.5 points per game, while averaging 8.4 rebounds.

Also back is senior guard Aljami Durham, who was Indiana’s fourth-leading scorer at 9.8 points per game. Durham, who has 72 career starts, played just 28 minutes in the 89-59 win over Tennessee Tech on Wednesday, scoring nine points, while grabbing six rebounds and dishing out a team-high four assists. Durham’s career high for points is 22, set on March 19, 2019, against St. Francis. For his career, he is averaging 7.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

Why Providence can cover

Even so, the Hoosiers aren’t a lock to cover the Indiana vs. Providence spread. That’s because the Friars return three starters from last year’s team that placed fourth in the Big East Conference at 12-6 and were 19-12 overall. Providence is led by senior center Nate Watson, a second-team preseason All-Big East Conference selection. In 27 games last year, including 13 starts, Watson averaged nine points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He was

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Texas vs. Davidson odds, line: 2020 Maui Invitational picks, college basketball predictions from proven model

After posting a comfortable victory in their season opener, the 19th-ranked Texas Longhorns are looking for another when they take on the Davidson Wildcats (1-0) on Monday in the opening game of the 2020 Maui Invitational, which is being held in Asheville, N.C., due to the coronavirus pandemic. Texas (1-0) had five players score in double digits en route to a 91-55 triumph over Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Wednesday. The Longhorns began the 2019-20 campaign with four consecutive victories and won nine of their first 10 contests before finishing with an 18-13 overall record.

Tip-off is set for noon ET on Monday from Harrah’s Cherokee Center. The Longhorns are 8.5-point favorites in the latest Texas vs. Davidson odds at William Hill Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 136.5. Before making any Davidson vs. Texas picks, check out the college basketball predictions from the SportsLie Projection Model.

The SportsLine Projection Model simulates every college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past four years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of $2,400 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns. 

Now, the model has set its sights on Texas vs. Davidson. You can visit SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the college basketball lines and trends for Davidson vs. Texas:

  • Texas vs. Davidson spread: Longhorns -8.5
  • Texas vs. Davidson over-under: 136.5 points
  • TEX: The Longhorns are 6-1 against the spread in their last seven games
  • DAV: The Wildcats are 0-6 ATS in their last six neutral-site contests

Why Texas can cover

Courtney Ramey got his 2020-21 season off to a good start, scoring a game-high 20 points in the Longhorns’ victory. The junior guard hit the 20-point plateau just four times in 68 games over his first two campaigns. Senior guard Matt Coleman III finished with 17 points against Rio Grande Valley while freshman Greg Brown recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Coleman increased his career total to 1,109 points and is 22 away from climbing into 30th place on Texas’ all-time list. Brown, meanwhile, is the fourth Longhorns freshman since 1972-73 to register a double-double in his debut and first since Jarrett Allen in 2016. The Longhorns received 25 points from their bench as junior forward Gerald Liddell led the group with 10 after reaching double digits just once in 29 games over his first two seasons.

Why Davidson can cover

Sophomore forward Hyunjung Lee’s career-best performance helped lead the Wildcats to an 82-73 triumph over High Point in their season opener on Wednesday. The South Korean, whose highest output as a freshman was 20 points against VCU, recorded 23 on 8-of-14 shooting and added nine assists. Lee was 5-for-10 from beyond the arc and scored 17 of his points in the second half.

Kellan Grady recorded 20 points, hitting the mark for the sixth time in seven games dating back to last season, and fellow senior

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Style Invitational Week 1412: Jumble bells

Submit up to 25 entries at wapo.st/enter-invite-1412 (no capitals in the Web address). Deadline is Monday, Dec. 7; results appear Dec. 27 in print, Dec. 24 online.

Winner gets the Lose Cannon, our Style Invitational trophy, or more likely its replacement trophy (TBA). Second place receives this holiday essential: a headdress of inflatable reindeer antlers that serve as a ringtoss game. The Empress herself wore this fashion statement at the last Style Invitational Post-Holiday Party, back in January, which feels like some previous century where people stood next to one another and schmoozed. Obtained by the Royal Consort at an office (ditto) gift swap (dittoditto).

The Style Conversational: The Empress’s weekly online column discusses each new contest and set of results. See this week’s, published late afternoon, Nov. 25, at wapo.st/conv1412.

New “You’re Invite” podcast episode: An interview with Chuck Smith of Woodbridge, whose dominated the Invite in the early days. It’s a great listen. See bit.ly/invite-podcast.

Go Fun Me: Tweaked charity names from Week 1408

In Week 1408 we asked you to tweak the name of a charity or other nonprofit, and describe the new cause.

4th place:

Big Bothers of America: Help support our much-maligned telemarketers and bots! (Beverley Sharp, Montgomery, Ala.)

3rd place:

GUNICEF: Please donate now to provide firearms to underprivileged children around the world. (John Hutchins, Silver Spring, Md.)

2nd place

and the Froot Loops socks:
Wounded Worrier Project: Funds physical therapy for those whose hands have been injured by too much wringing. (Terri Berg Smith, Rockville, Md.)

And the winner of the Lose Cannon:

The “Not Your” Conservancy: We protect the lands and waterfront properties of rich folks everywhere. (John McCooey, Rehoboth Beach, Del.)

The March of Dims: Honorable mentions

American Association of Pretired Persons: For work-weary souls under 50. (Jeff Contompasis, Ashburn, Va.; Jon Gearhart, Des Moines)

American Lunk Association: Our best-selling T-shirt, “Breathe in. Breathe out. Repeat,” has saved countless lives with its simple reminder. (Jon Gearhart)

American KidMe Foundation: Remember us with your support every April Fools’ Day. (Martha Powers, Lake Frederick, Va., a First Offender)

American Sybil Liberties Union: Defending all your individuals’ rights. (John Bauer, Gaithersburg, Md.; Barry Herman, Laurel, Md.)

Auntie Defamation League: “That’s not true! Her fruitcake IS edible!” (Duncan Stevens, Vienna, Va.)

Bitter Business Bureau: Where companies can vent about their crummy customers since 1987. (Steve Smith, Potomac, Md.)

Brave the Children: Association of Day Care Center Employees. (Jack McBroom, Williamsburg, Va.)

Capitol Food Bank: Providing healthy meals to undeserved members of Congress. (John Klayman, Fairfax, Va. a First Offender)

Cher, Our Strength: Devoted to promoting the philosophy and wisdom of the Goddess of Pop. (Jeff Contompasis)

Combined Federal Pain: Helps citizens deal with anxiety stemming from all three branches of government. (Bruce Carlson, Alexandria, Va.)

Easter’s Eels: Group dedicated to replacing lamb with unagi for a holiday meal. (John McCooey)

Fake a Wish Foundation: Helping sick children meet their favorite celebrity — well, impersonator. (Hannah Seidel, Alexandria, Va.; Jon Gearhart)

Future Harmers

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