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 with Will Shortz. Many of these I¶ve found with Mathematica, such as computer user = supreme court, and Will has used them in his weekly NPR puzzle segment. Anagrams have of course been popular for many years. A 1936 tour de force by David Shulman is a sonnet where every line uses the letters of ³Washington Crossing the Delaware.´ The National Puzzlers League maintains a list of best anagrams. Also, anagrammy.com regularly ranks new anagrams as they are found. Here are some good ones:

Centenarian == Near ancient. (Dan Fortier) Heel claims == me, Achilles. (Paul Pan) Remains hot == in a Thermos. (Adrian Hickford) True friends == endure rifts. (Joe Fathallah) Homo sapiens == Ape¶s son, IMHO. (Noam D. Elkies) Internet spam == It¶s permanent. (Tom Myers) Rats and mice == in cat¶s dream. (Joe Fathallah) Metamorphosis == Promises a moth. (Andrew Brehaut) A marble statue == Mute alabaster. (Rosie Perera) Borderline case == Reconsiderable. (David Bourke) Slices of bread == describes loaf. (Dean Mayer) I¶d do anything! == Had no dignity. (Tony Crafter) Valentine amulets == Sentimental value. (Allan Morley) Designated driver == Danger is diverted. (Mick Tully) American education == An academic routine. (Jesse Frankovich) Gone with the Wind? == Then weigh it down! (Toby Gottfried) One thousand kilos == Oh, sounds like a ton! (Hans-Peter Reich) Classified document == Found access limited. (Adrian Hickford) A domestic housecat == Does it catch a mouse? (David Bourke) An appointment diary != Pop in at any darn time. (Larry Brash) 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 Mathematica to find well-mixed transposals among Wikipedia entries. Here are some of the longest transposals.

Patron client relationship = Phil Spector International Ashland County Courthouse = Odontorhynchus aculeatus Portuguese Marine Corps = Singapore Supreme Court Human genetic history = Youth Training Scheme Bisoprolol fumarate = Super Mario Football Electron irradiation = Trilinear coordinate Christmas Tree Lane = Thermal resistance Operation Slapstick = Top sirloin cap steak Diarrheic verbosity = Victoria Derbyshire English literature = Euler straight line Microwave heating = What More Can I Give Natural gas price = Triangular space Artificial organs = Raising factorial Bravais lattice = Static variable Arc de Triomphe = Picard theorem
I also had Mathematica look for well-mixed near misses.

National Security Adviser = East Carolina University + D Presidential Motorcade = Spoiled Rotten America + D Apartment building = Pandigital number + T Senator John McCain = Nanomechatronics + J

Contemporary music = Computer acronyms + I Princess Charlotte = Sharp Electronics + T How does Mathematica find these? It checks a word list. DictionaryLookup[´*´] gives a well-studied list of
92,518 words. There are also puzzler.org word lists, Wikipedia databases, wiktionary indices, crossword lists, and Moby words, among others. First, I read in a word list. After that, I can sort the letters in each word, and use that to find words with the same list of letters.

The longest transposals look rather boring, since they are all minor variations:

congregationalists congregationalists congregationalist congregationalist algorithmically logarithmically representatives representatives congregational congregational establishments establishments egocentrically geocentrically certifications rectifications consolidations disconsolation conservatoires conservatories
The well-mixed transposals can be found by having Mathematica toss out the transposals that share too many short substrings.

With the above code, we can list the longest of the well-mixed transposals.

antiparticles paternalistic conservatoire overreactions aristotelian retaliations obscurantist subtractions definability identifiably arthroscopes crapshooters colonialists oscillations enumerations mountaineers importunates permutations counterspies persecutions capillarity piratically animadverts maidservant calendering greenlandic grandnieces reascending

coordinates peripatetic crenelation arthroscope peristaltic excitations

decorations precipitate intolerance crapshooter triplicates intoxicates

By changing the word list, the longest well-mixed transposal changes. Wikipedia:

Patron client relationship = Phil Spector International
Random House Webster¶s Unabridged Dictionary, Second Edition:

secondary qualities = quasi-considerately
puzzlers.org allwords.txt:

condensation trails = nondictatorialness
Webster¶s Unabridged Dicationary, Second Edition:

basiparachromatin = marsipobranchiata
Moby compound words:

second mortgage = seedcorn maggot
Moby single words:

cinematographer = megachiropteran
Merriam-Webster¶s Collegiate Dictionary, Ninth Edition:

cephalometric = petrochemical DictionaryLookup[´*´]: antiparticles = paternalistic
Only the Wikipedia list can find such oddities as Britney Spears = presbyterians. But the Wikipedia list has hundreds of thousands of misspelled words and spurious entries. Still, it¶s a useful part of my toolbox for finding word oddities.

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