# Anagrams

An anagram is a rearrangement of all of the letters in a word or phrase to form a new word or phrase. Ideally, the resulting word or phrase is a comment on or clue to the original word or phrase. Here’s an example from Tumblr user piecesofgreat:

http://piecesofgreat.tumblr.com/post/52491478975/i-did-this-gif-with-my-son-we-discovered-that-the

The National Puzzlers’ League maintains a list of the best anagrams invented by members. For help in creating anagrams, you may want to make use of an anagram generator, like the one at wordplays.com.

### Anagram Puzzles

You can make an anagram puzzle by using a word or well-known phrase as a base, and giving a friend only the anagram that you created, which should also be a clue to the solution. Here are a few classic examples, drawn from one of the greatest books of word play, Dmitri Borgmann’s Language on Vacation. Each of these has a one-word solution.

Conversation
Waitress
Punishment
• A rope ends it.—–See Answer
Desperation
Hustlers

If you create an anagram from a phrase instead of a single word, you can make things a little easier on the solver by including the number of letters in each word of the solution, like so:

A cent tip
The golden days
Old masters
• A fib. (I got loot.) (3,3,2,4)—-See Answer
Too big to fail

### A Unique Number Anagram

11 + 2 = 12 + 1

Not only is the above equation true, but “eleven plus two” is an anagram of “twelve plus one,” and each phrase has the number of letters that the addition indicates.

### Two Equal Texts

Christian Bok and Micah Lexier created this anagrammatical poem, Two Equal Texts:

http://micahlexier.tumblr.com/post/42876589933/christian-bök-micah-lexier-two-equal-texts