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Celebrity Semolina

7 April, 2011

This week I’m putting together a Wordwit puzzle for mid-May, one that features the likes of Tom Cruise, Meg Ryan and Steve Irwin. Can you spot their link? The secret lies in anagrams, since all three celebs can yield a single word (or nation) when scrambled:


If you know your puzzle lore, you’ll also know that all three names are chestnuts, been around for yonks, just like Britney Spears (Presbyterians) or Al Gore (galore – or gaoler). To the same list you can add Eric Clapton (narcoleptic) and Eddie Albert (deliberated).

But beyond that coterie, we start to run dry. Eligible names are either obsolete – like actor Sal Mineo (semolina) – or the hidden words obtuse: Anne Rice (narceine), Eric Cantona (canceration), Nam Le (leman) and so on.

In a bid to find fresh turf, I’ve dug up a few more specimens, but still feel there must be plenty more I’m missing. Here below I’ve given you the name, coupled with a clue to the anagram. Can you solve all five – then extend the modest list?

1 Tim Lane disease
2 Conditions Red Symons
3 Overcame Dee Smart (actress)
4 Spring Ben Cousins
5 Sways Cass Elliot

Think of any more?

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