Saturday, 5 August 2017

Around the Globe: GEOGRAPHIC PALINDROMES from the OLD WORLD

WORDPLAY post #68.
A continuation of post #65 - "Geographic Palindromes from the New World"
Alphabetic Lists of Directed Palindromes.
EDITOR: Giorgio Coniglio, December, 2016. 
 A portion of this material was originally posted on "Giorgio's Ukable Parodies", included in the blogpost "Canalindromes", and transferred to this blog February, 2017. 
In the current formulation, palindromes dealing with geographic placenames from Europe, Asia and Africa have been separated and highlighted on this post. Contributions are a mix of phrases drawn from standard lists and those concocted by the author. A few late additions were gleaned from an Atlantic Monthly contest in 1996.

Interested readers might also like to review post #15Canalindromes



EUROPE

ALPS
Splat! Icily licit Alps.
Plan okra, park on Alp.

ANGLIA
A man, a pail, gnat - Anglia (Panama).

BARCELONA
An olécrab - Barcelona.
A man, a pan, olé! crab - Barcelona (Panama).

BOSNIA
Bosnia gasps again; sob!
A man, a pain, sob! - Bosnia (Panama)

BULGARIA
Air, a glub - Bulgaria.
A man, a pair; a glub - Bulgaria (Panama)

EIRE (Ireland)
Eire ere Erie.

ELBA
Elba? Odd, doable.
Able was I ere I saw Elba.
Passable was I ere I saw Elba's sap.
Elba pluck? Culpable.

ITALY
Wonders in Italy. Latin is red now.
Tessa's in Italy. Latin is asset.

LESBOS
Sob! Seldom sup. My loss! - Olympus, (mod.) Lesbos 
                        [mod. = abbrev. for modern]
Oh! Pa's a sapho.

LONDON 
No ‘D’; no ‘L’ – London.
No ‘D’; no ‘L’; dwell lewd – London. 
No 'D'; no 'L'; no 'N' - London.

OSLO
Olson in Oslo.
Olson nixes sex in N. Oslo.

OXFORD
Dr of 'X': Oxford.

PARIS
Sir, a pat à Paris.
Sir, a pal à la Paris.
I'm at Paris, non? Si, rapt ami.
Sue, a ripoff! - O, Piraeus.

PISA
As I pee, sir, I see Pisa.
"Gulp a sip". Pisa plug.

RAVENNA
Anne, vary: Ravenna.

ROMANIA
A man, a pain, amor - Romania (Panama)

ROME
Amore - Roma.
A man, a pasta, amore  - Roma ('at's-a Panama!)

RUSSIA
No! Site be Russia, is sure. Bet is on!

SIENNA
Anne; I stay a day at Sienna.

SPARTA
Sparta's one rule: Lure no satraps.

VIENNA
Anne, I vote more cars race Rome-to-Vienna.

WALES
Wales, oppose law.

WARSAW
Warsaw was raw.
On Warsaw dock, cod was raw, no?



ASIA, AFRICA

CEYLON
No lye, Cele! - Ceylon.

HANOI
Onion, ah! Hanoi, no.

INDIA
Aid? Nix India [see also Indiana, USA] 
A man, a paid 'Nix!' - India (Panama).

IRAN
a) Iran, Ari. b) No evil Shahs live on.

IRAQ
a) Iraq, Ari. b) No Shah, son. 

ISRAEL
Bar clears: Israel, crab.
Golan analog.

JAPAN
Now in a pajama, Japan. I won!

LAOS
So, Al. Solo gigolos - Laos. 

NIGER
Niger diva avid re gin.

OMAN
Live, Oman! At naught th’ Guantanamo evil.

RABAT
Rabat! Ah, what a bar.

SAHARA
Poor Dara has Sahara droop.
A rah!, a shah - Sahara.

SOMALIA
De Lesseps
Architect of the Suez canal
A man, a pail, Amos - Somalia (Panama)
Ail, Amos. Raft. Is it far? - Somalia.
Ail, Amos - Somalia.


SUEZ
God sees Suez; Zeus sees dog.   
Zeus sees Suez.
Suez - deL. led. Zeus!
Mirth craze us! Suez arch-trim. 
A man, a plan: A.C., Zeus! - Suez Canal (Panama).

SYRIA
No Syria fairy, son.
No Syria dairy, son. 

TANGIERS
Bard's reign at Tangiers  - drab!

TEL AVIV
Viva Lett at Tel Aviv!
Viva Lethe, eh? Tel Aviv.

TOGO
O, go to Togo!

TUNIS
Tunis - Pepsi nut.







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