Reading through my social media feeds this past weekend, I saw that someone posted the old adage:
While trying to come up with a witty retort, I realized that the best I could do on short notice was:
It turns out that these word pairs are very similar to palindromes, but aren’t true palindromes — they are sort of “half-palindromes.” A little research lead to me read that they are called anadromes, heteropalindromes, or “emordnilaps” a word coined from the word palindrome spelled backwards.
This week’s GeekDad Puzzle of the Week centers around palindromes and anadromes. Each of the 15 phrases below is a clue that will either lead you to a single-word palindrome or a pair of anadromes.
For your chance at this week’s fabulous prize from ThinkGeek, determine what each phrase below describes as expressed as either a palindrome or pair of anadromes. For example “tense cheesecakes” are “stressed desserts.”
- More crimson
- Transporting Qurash (Diablo III)
- Treated as a god
- Students’ errors
- Repair via interlocking loops
- Fear of palindromes
- First cylindrical appearance
- Chanted to wildebeests
- House guard’s pocket badge
- To apply wallpaper again
- Thin layers of fauna
- Gary Burghoff
- Benign growths from drinking tools
- Inuit transport
- To sketch a prison guard again
As always, please send your responses in to GeekDad Central by the end of the week. All correct (or at least reasonably well-reasoned) responses will be entered into a drawing for this week’s $50 Gift Certificate provided generously by the fine folks at ThinkGeek.
Good luck, and happy puzzling!