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Nobody’s News.(Short Story)

Nobody’s News.(Short Story) Morice, Dave A few blocks from here, there lived a man named Nobody. He used to have a normal first, middle, and last name, but he officially changed all three to just one word, Nobody. When anyone asked him why, he said “I’m a nobody, like billions of other people in the […]

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Bookstore names for fun and profit.

Bookstore names for fun and profit. Hollingsworth, Bennie If the Internet has done anything, it has caused a proliferation of “bookish” activity—dusting off, re-reading, swapping, borrowing, buying and selling. I, for one, have gotten caught up in this melee. My general modus operandi is to do garage sales and pass the wonderful bargains I find […]

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An automatic palindrome generator.

An automatic palindrome generator. O’Connor, Bill A. In 1984 Dan Hoey, a US naval mathematician, wrote a computer program which he used to create a 540-word expansion of Leigh Mercer’s “Panama” palindrome (PD). It began “A man, a plan, a caret, a ban, a myriad, a sum, a lac …” and ended “… a calamus, […]

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Complementary letters and words.(Brief Article)

Complementary letters and words.(Brief Article) Gooch, Rex 1. Words With Complementary Letter Pairs In “Complementary Letters” in the November 2001 Word Ways, Anil defines complementary letters as those whose ordinal places in the alphabet add to 27, e.g., A and Z, or L and O. He asks for words and phrases composed solely of such […]