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Emily Bronto clearly approves of Anagrams

Bikwil will always sing the praises of Anagrams


Harlish Goop has written about anagrams several times already (see below for details), but that doesn't stop him.

Anagrams unite, indeed! (Or else “marinate Angus”, “Austrian mange”, “anaemia grunts”, “auntie’s ragman” or “migrant nausea”.)

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A Word in Your Pink Shell-like — Harlish Goop


A couple of issues ago (No. 22, November 2000), I presented the solutions to some anagram puzzles that had appeared in Issues 10 and 15 (November 1998 and September 1999). I am taking the chance today to offer a small handful of further anagrammatical treasures unearthed for your appreciative wonderment.

(Thanks to occasional contributor Katisha for drawing my attention via the editor to some of the following.)

First let me introduce you to a few Bikwilians who might need putting straight, if one could only figure them out:

Olive Conduit
Spud Money
E. Roy Strong.

Now, how about a quartet of anagram-generating names from further afield:

glib tales (= Bill Gates)
genuine class (= Alec Guinness)
is leaping milk (= Spike Milligan)
I paint modern (= Piet Mondrian)
that great charmer (= Margaret Thatcher).

Next, some miscellaneous rearrangement magic:

dormitory (= dirty room)
desperation (= a rope ends it)
dyslexia (= daily sex)
eleven plus two (= twelve plus one)
Parliament (= partial men)
semolina (= is no meal)
the eyes (= they see).

Here’s a truly amazing one, if a bit confused in its tenses:

A thin man ran; makes a large stride; left planet, pins flag on moon! On to Mars!

It comes from this:

That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind. (Neil A. Armstrong).

Finally, believe it or not, the following epic:

In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten.

derives from no less famous a passage than:

To be or not to be: that is the question, whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

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