Palindromes and palindromedaries around the world, Middle East view
Palindromes and palindromedaries around the world, Middle East view.

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  • Rail set is a sites liar
    - Kris Rickards, © 10:51 29 Dec 2020
    This palindrome is inspired by those trainsets you get and ignore as child, but become obsessed with as a retired Grandfather. These old men in their attics and sheds create this idyllic landscapes in the most minutiae detail based upon the sceneries invented by their rose tinted nostalgia. But as Simone Signoret said in 1975, "nostalgia isn't what it used to be," and they are missing the truth of history.
    
    Old men hobbyists,
    And young novelists
    Create their own little worlds.
    
    Based on reality
    Letting their mind flee
    A power of God unfurled. 
    
    But it isn't true
    Skies aren't always blue
    Quaint, peaceful and full of bliss
    
    These make believe lands
    Crafted by many hands
    by men who just need a kiss.
    
  • Pu, can I snort celeb electrons in a cup?
    - Ray N. Franklin, © 13:24 14 Dec 2020
    Time:  15 minutes
    Seed:  electrons
    
    Browsing the Main list, I saw the entry for electrons. The reverse split stood out:  snort-cele. At the very least, I wanted to know how many words ended with snort so I entered electrons into the Word Explorer field in Palindrome Composer. Then I selected the snort-cele split. 
    
    So how many words end in snort? Just one, snort, but that was enough. I wrote "electrons snort cele" in the Current Composition field. Somehow that didn't sound useful, so I reversed the phrase to "snort cele electrons" and saw a possibility. The first word that begins with cele is celeb. I added the b to the end of cele and got "snort celeb electrons." That's a truly surreal phrase. It also solved the doubled-letter in the middle problem. Now the palindrome isn't quite so obviously symmetrical. But I didn't want to stop there.
    
    Playing around, I expanded the phrase to "I snort celeb electrons i." For no particular reason I expanded the right side to the word inactive. Then the left side became evitcani and I added some spaces to make "evit can I snort celeb electrons inactive?"
    
    That sounded unsatisfying, and, the only word ending in evit is the name Levit. Dropping evit, I looked at the remainder and came up with "can I snort celeb electrons in a c," which has a nice grammatical flow. Randomly trying cup for the last word, I decided it was finished. "Pu, can I snort celeb electrons in a cup?"
    
    Pu is a name and also the atomic symbol for Plutonium, a rich source of electrons, both ordinary and celebrity.
  • smug spit tips gums
    - Steve Prosze, © 12:43 09 Oct 2020
    I was in the bathroom and spaced out on my mouthwash for healthy "gums", and reversed it into smug. Then I played on the reversal thing on the Palindrome Composer until, I came up with "spits", which is the last step in mouthwash. Having slight dyslexia helps, because I reverse words anyway.
  • Go home, Delia
    Trucker trek curtailed
    Emo! Hog!
    - Trucker Poet, © 12:39 14 Aug 2020
    Time: half-hour. I started with trucker, naturally, and I used the palindrome composer. I was surprised by the words available for the split rek-curt. I chose trek for the left word, which made a short palindrome right off the bat! Then I played with the words starting with curt. I liked curtailed because it made sense; an organized convoy of truckers on a trek that got cancelled.
    
    What I had:  Delia trucker trek curtailed.
    
    Going beyond that was harder. Since the words were all complete, I had to find new ones to expand the sentence. I noticed that "trucker trek curtailed" felt poetic and it could be the middle of a haiku. A haiku palindrome would be cool, so I went with that flow.
    
    With Delia on the first line of the haiku, and the trek cancelled, it just occurred to me that maybe a trek organizer would start telling the drivers the bad news. "Go home" felt like a good phrase, and to my surprise it worked just as well in reverse. I'll let you figure out what the last line means. After all, art is in the eye of the beholder.
    
    And that was it. Finished. As people used to say where I grew up, "It ain't perfect, but it's good enough."
  • "One-ton knot, Eno."
    "One big knot, Tonk."
    "Gibe?"
    "No."
    "One-ton knot, Eno."
    - Ray N. Franklin, © 19:02 19 Jul 2020
    Seed:  wonton
    Time:  15 minutes
    
    I was testing some code and entered the classic palindrome, "Wonton, not now!" As so often happens, a couple of random perverse thoughts popped up.
    
    One was to add a k between wonton and not: Wonton knot, now! The other told me to replace the homophone won with one. That lead to another short palindrome.
    
    One-ton knot, Eno.
    
    Then I played around with the natural response a person might have to a one-ton knot: "That's one big knot." The last three words completed the excercise and I had a conversation between a couple of friends admiring an example of post-Gordian conspicuous consumptionism.
  • Was Ana Nym, my nana saw.
    - Ray N. Franklin, © 11:14 21 May 2020
    Seed:  ananym
    Time:  1 minute
    
    I chose ananym as my preferred term for a word that makes a different word when reversed. On a whim I reversed ananym and saw "My nana," which caught my attention (even though my family never used the endearment 'nana' for our grandmothers). Then I decided to include an ananym in the palindrome. The finished composition came to me in a flash.
    
    Why did I choose ananym from the nineteen terms (anagram, ananym, antigram, drow, half-palindrome, heterodrome, inversion, palinode, recurrent palindrome, retronym, reversagram, reversal, reversal pair, reversible, reversible anagram, reversion, semordnilap, sotadic palindrome, and word reversal, according to The Dictionary of Wordplay by Dave Morice) already in use? It was not random.
    
    First, I eliminated the multi-word terms because I wanted a single word. Then I looked at the palindromic potential of each of the remaining terms. I also considered the nature of the term's usage, whether authoritative sources accepted the term, and the word's etymology. Only ananym satisfied all five criteria.
    
    Bonus reason:  "Ban ananym" is also "banana-nym".
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