Magazine article Word Ways

Heads 'N Tails Words

Magazine article Word Ways

Heads 'N Tails Words

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In the February 1970 issue, I invited readers to compile a list of 26 words such as edged in which the letter groups preceding and following the middle letter are the same, with each letter of the alphabet serving as "core". Josefa Byrne of Mill Valley, California has obliged, possibly with as complete a list as can be obtained (unless some reader can find a valid word in any English-language dictionary with a core Q). Most of these words can be found in the Second or Third Editions of Webster's; the Q and Z cores are taken from the Life Atlas (Baquba is a city in Iraq, and Azzaz a cape in Libya).

    MIAMI, ABA, COCCO, ADA, PEP, KAFKA, MAGMA, OUTSHOUTS, ONION, ANJAN,
EKE,
   ALA, PAMPA, SENSE, BOB, APA, BAQUBA, VERVE, HOTSHOT, ESTES, DUD, EVE,
   EWE, OXO, EYE, AZZAZ 

Mrs. Byrne characterizes the obverse and reverse sides of the Golden State with anagrams' that read like book titles:

    SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA--hot sun, or life in a car
   THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA--chance stay, or safe in a bar 

These rhyme and scan well if read as a quatrain (if you "rush" the third line a little); too bad the following "poem" made up of mutually anagrammatic sentences lacks rhyme and meter. …

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