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.
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
The challenge was to come up with the best anagram (letter-scramble) of
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 ...
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...
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
and the Runner-up was... OUTLINED FARCE
Here are some other entries worthy of HONORABLE MENTION ...
LO, INCUR DEFEAT
OR FEED LUNATIC
DUE LATIN FORCE
UNDO RELIEF ACT
FIE ON A RED CULT!
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.
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Posted by Giorgio Coniglio at January 20, 2021
Tuesday, 5 January 2021
This post provides a continuation of the wordplay display started in December 5, 2020. In that initial post, 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
3. Gnu dung
3. Gnu dung
4. Yreka bakery
5. Lonely Tylenol
6. UFO tofu
7. Too hot to hoot
8. Never odd or even
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.
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
Stay tuned for further posts that will bring you poetic discussion of more classic palindromes:
Scheduled for February 5, 2021 ...
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. Zeus sees Suez (canals)
24. Ma is as selfless as I am
Posted by Giorgio Coniglio at January 05, 2021