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Re: tawnier rein water.- Ray N. Franklin, © 10:01 14 Dec 2019
Seed: water Time: 5 minutes I first explored the re-taw split of water, ignoring words that end in "re" (there are 905), and focusing instead on words that start with "taw". I quickly took a shine to tawnier and the palindrome soon fell into place. With "re" at the beginning, it looked like a legal title and I decided to stop there.
Krab-mealworm-wasted, a cadet saw Mr. Owla embark.- Ray N. Franklin, © 09:23 19 Dec 2019
Seed: wasted Time: 20 minutes I started this on the verbs list and landed on wasted. The rest followed fairly quickly. I strongly associate the word cadet with sailing ships, and mealworms with the hardtack sailors ate. Going with the nautical (or maybe spacefaring) theme, the word embark seemed like a good way to expand "em". Krab naturally follows, which is a marketing term for fake crabmeat. I liked the image of a cadet drunk on whatever makes Krab mealworms tolerable. Perhaps the combination ferments without any further assistance. * wasted det saw * wasted a cadet saw * mealworm wasted a cadet saw Mr. Owla em * Krab-mealworm-wasted, a cadet saw Mr. Owla embark. This was the first palindrome I composed during an experiment to see how many I could create in a relatively short amount of time.
I'm a giros origami.- Ray N. Franklin, © 13:55 19 Dec 2019
Seed: origami Time: 30 minutes Starting from the seed origami, the first line below almost leapt off the screen. I chose the im-a-giro split. Though the contraction "I'm" is not in the Palindromedary, it was an obvious possibility. Both giro and giros were in the words list for the right fragment. Originally, giro was short for autogiro, an early precursor to the helicopter. Some also use that spelling for the Greek sandwich, properly called a gyros. Though I spent half an hour trying to expand the palindrome, the first line remains the best. * I'm a giros origami * llama I'm a giros origami a mall * Alive! I'm a giros origami evil A. * Liam, I'm a giros origami, mail * Liana, I'm a giros origami, a nail. * Sega, listen. I'm a giros origami, net silage's * Mao, listen. I'm a giros origami, net Siloam * So, listen. I'm a giros origami, net silos. This palindrome wrapped up my experiment. I managed to produce four palindromes in two hours and twenty minutes, spaced out over half a day, an unqualified success in my opinion. Origami was also the springboard for a poem containing three more palindromes. With another hour of work, I had a poem in four quatrains, an enigma of mi, and a plurality of palindromes. I'm saving that poem for a future publication, probably the first Palindromedary anthology.
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".
"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.
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 canceled. 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 canceled, 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'll do.”
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.
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.
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