GeekDad Puzzle of the Week Solution – Palindromes and Anadromes

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This past week’s puzzle, as shown earlier:

stressed_story

Reading through my social media feeds this past weekend, I saw that someone posted the old adage:

“STRESSED spelled backwards is DESSERTS”

While trying to come up with a witty retort, I realized that the best I could do on short notice was:

“Yeah, well, SMUG spelled backwards is GUMS!”

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.

  1. More crimson
  2. Transporting Qurash (Diablo III)
  3. Treated as a god
  4. Students’ errors
  5. Repair via interlocking loops
  6. Fear of palindromes
  7. First cylindrical appearance
  8. Chanted to wildebeests
  9. House guard’s pocket badge
  10. To apply wallpaper again
  11. Thin layers of fauna
  12. Gary Burghoff
  13. Benign growths from drinking tools
  14. Inuit transport
  15. To sketch a prison guard again

Congratulations to Ian McLeod for correctly decoding the palindromes and anadromes encoded in the list above. This week’s $50 Gift Certificate from the fine folks at ThinkGeek will be on its way shortly.

Here are the clues and their corresponding palindromes and anadromes:

  1. More crimson – redder
  2. Transporting Qurash (Diablo III) – deliver reviled
  3. Treated as a god – deified
  4. Students’ errors – pupils slipup
  5. Repair via interlocking loops – tinker reknit
  6. Fear of palindromes – aibohphobia
  7. First cylindrical appearance – tubed debut
  8. Chanted to wildebeests sung gnus
  9. House guard’s pocket badge – gateman nametag
  10. To apply wallpaper again – repaper
  11. Thin layers of fauna – animal lamina
  12. Gary Burghoff – Radar
  13. Benign growths from drinking tools – straw warts
  14. Inuit transport – kayak
  15. To sketch a prison guard again – redraw warder

Many thanks to everyone that posted a solution to this week’s puzzle, and to ThinkGeek for sponsoring the GeekDad Puzzle of the Week feature.

Happy puzzling!

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