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Clambers of the Scramble

27 August, 2014

Sure, I know it’s not Friday, so why the Folly? This seems too cute an idea to ignore, given the quiet this week’s quiet Storm. Besides, this idea is funner. I can’t wait to see the list we cobble.

The game combines anagrams with bogus book titles. Each title you make has to follow the pattern: X of the Y, where Y is a jumble of X. Sounds like algebra? Relax. It’s mental floss. A chance to contrive some hokey books, giving each anagram title a straight subtitle to seal the gag.

Did I say hokey? Maybe I meant Hockey:

GIRTH OF THE RIGHTThe Rise and Growth of Joe Hockey
BOREDOM OF THE BEDROOMHow Tantric Sex Can Ease the 7-Year Itch
PRESENT OF THE SERPENTA Short History of Apples
HATRED OF THE THREADNaturism For Dummies

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