Word Play with
Lyons + Mankiewicz = Monica Lewinsky + Z
Did Disney do this deliberately?Words sometimes have hidden meaning. For over 30 years, I¶ve been sharing puzzles withWill Shortz. Many of these I¶ve found with
, such as
computer user = supreme court
, and Will has used them inhis weeklyNPR puzzle segment. Anagrams have of course been popular for many years. A 1936 tour de force byDavid Shulman is a sonnet where every line uses the letters of ³Washington Crossing the Delaware.´ The NationalPuzzlers League maintains alist of best anagrams. Also,anagrammy.comregularly ranks new anagrams as they are
found. Here are some good ones:
Centenarian == Near ancient.
Heel claims == me, Achilles.
Remains hot == in a Thermos.
True friends == endure rifts.
Homo sapiens == Ape¶s son, IMHO.
(Noam D. Elkies)
Internet spam == It¶s permanent.
Rats and mice == in cat¶s dream.
Metamorphosis == Promises a moth.
A marble statue == Mute alabaster.
Borderline case == Reconsiderable.
Slices of bread == describes loaf.
I¶d do anything! == Had no dignity.
Valentine amulets == Sentimental value.
Designated driver == Danger is diverted.
American education == An academic routine.
Gone with the Wind? == Then weigh it down!
One thousand kilos == Oh, sounds like a ton!
Classified document == Found access limited.
A domestic housecat == Does it catch a mouse?
An appointment diary != Pop in at any darn time.
Spaghetti & meatballs == Best light pasta meal.
(Toby Gottfried)(A quick note on notation: I¶m using ³==´ when the meanings of the two sides of an anagram are roughly equivalent or apposite, ³=´ when the only relation is the component letters, and ³!=´ when they are opposites.)Recently, I used
to find well-mixed transposals among Wikipedia entries. Here are some of the longesttransposals.
Patron client relationship = Phil Spector InternationalAshland County Courthouse = Odontorhynchus aculeatusPortuguese Marine Corps = Singapore Supreme CourtHuman genetic history = Youth Training SchemeBisoprolol fumarate = Super Mario FootballElectron irradiation = Trilinear coordinateChristmas Tree Lane = Thermal resistanceOperation Slapstick = Top sirloin cap steakDiarrheic verbosity = Victoria DerbyshireEnglish literature = Euler straight lineMicrowave heating = What More Can I GiveNatural gas price = Triangular spaceArtificial organs = Raising factorialBravais lattice = Static variableArc de Triomphe = Picard theorem
I also had
look for well-mixed near misses.
National Security Adviser = East Carolina University + DPresidential Motorcade =
Spoiled Rotten America
+ DApartment building = Pandigital number + TSenator John McCain = Nanomechatronics + J