Magazine article Word Ways

Personal Name Palindromes

Magazine article Word Ways

Personal Name Palindromes

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Jim's intricate, fascinating presentation dealt with the longest word and the longest geographical name that can be fit into palindromes. Several decades ago, GAMES Magazine had a "Palindromes with Personality" contest. The rule was pure simplicity: Write a palindrome with the name of a celebrity in it. The celebrity could be alive or dead, real or not. The names could come from any field of endeavor, but the individual had to be well-enough known for most of GAMES readers to recognize.

This contest blew me away. I immediately started typing on computer the names of famous people going down the left-hand margin. When I typed a bunch of them. I started with A, then went I went back and tried to figure out how to put their names into perfect palindromes that had real words, real names (referring to a real celebrity).

I wrote one thousand palindromes before the contest was over. I pared them down to one hundred palindromes, which helped me get rid of a lot palindromes that weren't worth the symmetry they were printed on. However, it gave me a greater respect for the form. In the 100 that I used, I chose for variety and quality. One of them received an honorable mention, but the authors weren't credited for those poems. AII the authors should've been credited. Then I remembered that I had some personal name palindromes that might qualify as having the longest single name or the longest first-and-last names in a palindrome. I found two that were the longest I'd written, or so I thought:

 The longest single-name palindrome seemed to be this one. … 
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