Saturday, 20 February 2021

More AMERICAN ANAGRAM SWARMS

 Continuing from the previous post of just ten days ago (February 10, 2021). 

Again, to expand any slide, just click on it.



Sens: slang for American senators.

Representative Jamie Raskin was the chief House Manager (prosecuting the charge of impeachment) during the recent trial of ex-president D.J. Trump in the U.S. Senate.  





  I carelessly left off this map several relevant locales in Iowa (IA), including 'Rote Indict', 'Erotic Dint', 'Tired Tonic', and 'Contrite I.D.', not to mention Rhode Island's 'Tide Action RI'. Apologies!











    As often happens in trying to portray a swarm of anagrams, I have left out a few relevant places; in this case, it was simply because I ran out of room on the map (which was progressively updated to a total of 65 entries). Apologies to the villages of Alien Preside, Pilsener Idea and Needier Pails TX in Texas, Exited Spiral NE in Nebraska, Delete Praxis IN in Indiana, and Axis Repented and Ex-Sardine-Pet IL in Illinois!










Interesting observation: If you put America, i.e. 'U.S.' last, as in the following slide, you get a different array with fewer interpretable anagrams in most states, but a flourishing of word-scrambles for Nevada and Puerto Rico!






Monday, 15 February 2021

Reversing Verse: Limericks About CLASSIC PALINDROMES, part #4


 This post provides a continuation of previous wordplay collections displayed on December 5, 2020January 5, 2021, and February 5, 2021. In those earlier posts, classic palindromes (phrases or sentences whose letters are ordered identically when they are read either forwards or backwards) were described and extolled in verse; the topics of discussion were as follows: 

1. Dennis sinned            
2. Drawn onward
3Gnu dung
4. Yreka bakery
5. Lonely Tylenol
6. UFO tofu
7. Too hot to hoot
8. Never odd or even 
9. Sex at noon taxes
10No 'X' in Nixon.
11. A Santa at NASA
12. T. Eliot's toilet
13. Madam, I'm Adam
14. Sex of foxes
15. Able ere Elba
16. A Toyota's a Toyota
17. Mr. Owl ate my metal worm
18. Emil's lime
19. To idiot: (The palindromic grouch)
20. A dim or fond 'No!' from Ida
21. No lemon, no melon (fruitless)
22. See bees
23. Ma is as selfless as I am


CURRENT CONTENTS
Please note that, continuing the convention adopted in the previous posts, there will be an exclusive correlation between green italicized font and palindromes. But not all of the palindromes displayed within the verses' lines are in the 'classic repertoire'. Some are recent concoctions by the author.
 
24. O stone, be not so (Roger Stone)
25. Do geese see God?  wip
26. Step on no pets  wip
27. Zeus sees Suez (canals)
28. A man, a plan, a canal -- Panama 
29. Panama variant: A girl, a plan, a canal, pal -- Riga
30. Panama variant: A man, a potato -- Panama  
31. Panama variant: A man, a plan, a cat, a hat, a canal -- Panama  wip
  






DO GEESE SEE GOD?
Plato, puzzled by 'Do geese see God?',
Felt the phrase dialectically odd:
"Heard as wordplay, it's deft
(Can be read right to left),
Yet, I fear, philosophically flawed."
As with many classic palindromes, the origin of the iconic query, 'Do geese see God?' is, in fact, unknown. The verse, however, suggests that it dates back to at least the fifth century B.C.E. The philosophic query is felt by some to be tarnished, and it remains unanswered into modern times.


STEP ON NO PETS
Final tearful address: Dr. Getz
Told the plenary Congress of Vets,
"Taco-cats — my career ..."
"Senile felines!" crowds cheer;
And her last advice, "Step on no pets,"
Adding, "Dog doo — Good God! No regrets!"

vets: jargony abbreviated nickname for 'veterinarians', (also with apologies, to 'veterans')

A number of the classic palindromes deal with household pets. Four of them are indicated in the verse by italics.











You can enjoy reading about a historic workshop at which the iconic 'Panama Palindrome' was almost discovered by clicking this link.













A MAN, A PLAN, A CAT, A HAT, A CANAL -- PANAMA
Dr. Seuss wrote The Cat in the Hat —
Clever primer that never fell flat.
His creation's incursion
Inspired a spoof-version
Of "A man... a canal...", and all that.
The classic palindrome A man, a plan, a canal — Panama has been the target of many a spoof, some of which have been eulogized on this site. Although not intended by Dr. Seuss, the creator of the "Cat in the Hat", his eponymic character presumably inspired one of my favorite palindromic spoofs ...
A man, a plan, a cat, a hat, a canal — Panama.
The reader might note the rather strange fact that one can leave off the iconic 'hat', and still have a palindrome ... 
A man, a plan, a cat, a canal -- Panama.



Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Verse and Wordplay Maps: AMERICAN ANAGRAM SWARMS

You might surreptitiously review this posting during a break from watching this week's Impeachment Trial.

(Incidentally, if you want to enlarge any slide in this presentation, simply click on it.) 
















 The above slide includes the important political anagram 'FEAR NOT, IL DUCE' (to appreciate this letter-scramble you would have to remember that Il Duce - the 'leader' in Italian - was a frequently used form of address for Benito Mussolini).










After discussing the reshufflings on these maps with my nephew M.H., I am embarrassed to have to admit that I neglected to include the name of the high-profile California performing entity 'If-Loner Duet CA'. Sorry about that oversight!

To review the entries in a recent National Anagram Contest that used the phrase 'ELECTION FRAUD' as the target for letter-scrambles, check this blog-link, (or you could go to Giorgio's Facebook page, where much of this material has also been posted).























If you would like to see the complete 'anagram swarm' based on A VERY STABLE GENIUS, check this post.


You can find more anagram swarms in a follow-up post by clicking here!

Friday, 5 February 2021

Reversing Verse: Limericks About CLASSIC PALINDROMES, part #3

 This post provides a continuation of previous wordplay collections displayed in December 5, 2020, and January 5, 2021. In those earlier posts, the following classic palindromes (phrases or sentences whose letters are ordered identically when they are read backwards as well as forwards) were described and extolled in verse; contents were as follows: 


1. Dennis sinned            
2. Drawn onward
3Gnu dung
4. Yreka bakery
5. Lonely Tylenol
6. UFO tofu
7. Too hot to hoot
8. Never odd or even 
9. Sex at noon taxes
10. No 'X' in Nixon.
11. A Santa at NASA
12. T. Eliot's toilet
13. Madam, I'm Adam
14. Sex of foxes
15. Able ere Elba
16. A Toyota's a Toyota

CURRENT CONTENTS
Please note that, continuing the convention adopted in the previous post , there will be an exclusive correlation between green italicized font and palindromes. But not all of the palindromes displayed within the verses' lines are in the 'classic repertoire'. Some are recent concoctions by the author.
 
17. Mr. Owl ate my metal worm
18. Emil's lime
19. To idiot: (The palindromic grouch)
20. A dim or fond 'No!' from Ida
21. No lemon, no melon (fruitless)
22. See bees
23. Ma is as selfless as I am















Canadians being known as polite and apologetic, the Editors, themselves native Torontonians, recommend only circumspect use of all the palindromes listed in the outpourings by the protagonist of the above verse.





















Stay tuned for further posts that will bring you poetic discussion of more classic palindromes:

Scheduled for February 20, 2021 ...

24. O stone, be not so (Roger Stone)
25. Do geese see God?  
26. Step on no pets  
27. Zeus sees Suez (canals)
28. A man, a plan, a canal -- Panama 
29. Panama variant: A girl, a plan, a canal, pal -- Riga
30. Panama variant: A man, a potato -- Panama  
31. Panama variant: A man, a plan, a cat, a hat, a canal -- Panama


Wednesday, 20 January 2021

'ELECTION FRAUD' Anagrams: A Contest

 Over the last week we have had an anagram contest at the national (U.S.) level. We apologize to readers who missed the opportunity to participate.

The challenge was to come up with the best anagram (letter-scramble) of

E-L-E-C-T-I-O-N F-R-A-U-D

Out of an abundance of caution, we avoided announcing the contest initially, and have not required contest participants to agree to publishing their phone numbers, email addresses or charge-card PINs.

But we are now pleased to announce that the WINNING ENTRY nationally was ...

FAILED RECOUNT
Consideration was also given by the judges to the best entry for each participating state; the winning entries are shown on the accompanying map.

Sincere thanks to all who participated.






The national RUNNER-UP for best anagram is...
OUTLINED FARCE
Now to the Runners-Up for each participating state...
Read carefully. These concoctions are all different from the state 'Winners', which were posted 2 days ago!
And have a safe week -- two-day countdown to Freedom-from-Trump Day!







As you know, in the national contest, the Best Anagram was 
                                               FAILED RECOUNT

and the Runner-up was...     OUTLINED FARCE

Here are some other entries worthy of HONORABLE MENTION ...
                                               LO, INCUR DEFEAT
                                               OR FEED LUNATIC
                                               NOTICED EARFUL
                                                LIAR OUTFENCED
                                                REINFECT ALOUD
                                                FUEL RIOT-DANCE
                                                UNALTERED FOCI
                                                ELUDE FRACTION
                                                LEFTIE CANDOUR
                                                ULCERATED INFO
                                                ROTUND LIE-FACE
                                                DUE LATIN FORCE
                                                I.O.U. FACT-LENDER 
                                                LUCIFER ATONED
                                                UNDO RELIEF ACT     
                                                FIE ON A RED CULT!
                                                URAL DEFECTION                                          
                                                UNCLAD RIOT-FEE
                                                U.F.O. CREDENTIAL
                                                ONCE-FED RITUAL
                                                CURT FOE DENIAL
                                                FEAR NOT IL DUCE
                                                TO CRUDE FINALE





And here are a few other imaginative entries for the National Anagram Contest ...
FORNICATE DUEL;     ADORE FIT UNCLE;     RECITAL DONE - FU! 
ONE LURID FACET;    COULD IRAN FÊTE?    TOUCAN FIELDER;
EDUCATE FOR NIL;    FONDUE ARTICLE;      IN 'ACUTE' FOLDER;
DOCENT FAILURE;     A FECUND TOILER;    I.O.U. FACT LENDER;
ULTRA-FINE COED;  TRUE FAN, "LIE, DOC!" ENTICE FUR-LOAD; 
DETOUR IF CLEAN;  RE CUE: "DON'T FAIL!" OFTEN LURED C.I.A.
                                              








As we wrap up this discussion, we note here a few submissions in the National Contest that were quite clever from a wordplay perspective, but not relevant to the topic at hand. These include ...

FLUORINE CADET; INTRODUCE FLEA; DO INFLATE CURE;
TUNDRA ICE-FLOE; FURNACE TOILED; FINE-CUT ORDEAL;
INCUR FLEET ADO; FINE CORAL DUET; FERAL DOE TUNIC;
ERUDITE FALCON; ADIEU TORN CLEF; FLORA INDUCTEE;
FEED LATINO CUR; COULDN'T FAERIE? FAINTER OLD CUE;
ELFIN EDUCATOR; ARTFUL CODEINE; DECENT FOUL AIR;
UNDO AFTER LICE; CIAO, TENDER FLU; FLORENCE AUDIT;
ECO-LAIDEN TURF; RED ELF AUCTION; CAROTENE FLUID;
CAT: DOUR FELINE; URL://DEFECATION; RODENT-FLEA I.C.U.;
TRIFLE ACNE DUO; FIE, RUNTED COLA! CAN'T FIELD EURO
TRUE FAN; "LIE, DOC!" FAUCI, DO RELENT.





For a more serious take, you might want to review this Wikipedia article.


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