Word Play with Mathematica

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Word Play with Mathematica
by Ed Pegg Jr
Here in Champaign-Urbana, where Roger Ebert was raised, I took notice when Disney announced the end of its long relationship with Ebert & Roeper. Disney also announced the replacement critics, Lyons & Mankiewicz. Was there something intentional in that? A quick run on my Mathematica programs returned this anagram: 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. (A quick note on notation: I’m using “==” when the meanings of the two sides of an anagram are roughly equivalent or apposite, “=” when the only relation is the component letters, and “!=” when they are opposites.) 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 “Washington 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:

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