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Smuggled Goodies

14 December, 2010

Browse left to right inside a name and you see the strangest things. Last week, being interviewed for ABC Brisbane by Terri Begley, I couldn’t help seeing TERRIBLY or even TERRIBLE lying through her name. And Terri was the opposite!

But when does the smuggled word apply to the mule?

The great Puzzability site uncovered HESTER lying left to right in The Scarlet Letter – where Hester Prynne is that novel’s heroine. Just as Sarah Palin (or Oprah Winfrey) hold PAIN. And yes, my own name carries VILE.

Away from people, CHRISTMAS has HISS (though not HAMS or CRASS), since you need to select your letters from left to right. That’s why KNIVED (for KEVIN RUDD) or WILKIE (in Wikileaks) don’t work, alas. While GAGA for LADY GAGA is a tad obvious.

So head for the box office, the headlines, the book shelf, and find a name that holds some left-to-right gold, where the word you find somehow reflects the source. (Just names please, as many sites have toasted kangaroo words, such as FRAIL in FRAGILE, etc.) Ours is new turf.

If you need HELP, maybe turn to The Slap – or Megamind for AID. Then go-go-go with with a ho-ho-ho, quoting the original FAT CRIM (Father Christmas). Let’s see what wonders we can trip on. Accolades to best names (people or places), best titles (movie, book, song) and best overall. Deadline Thursday dinner.

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