Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Brainteaser of the Day

Posted by Deadpan Alley
From Braingle.com:
An anagram is a word or phrase formed by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase. For example, rearrange "none" to get "neon".

It is not considered an anagram if you exchange a letter with the same letter. For example, switching the n's with each other in "noun" does not give an anagram.

Even though a word is not considered an anagram of itself, your task is to find a word that is an anagram of itself. If you can do the seemingly impossible once, you might as well find a second word that is an anagram of itself.

Are you up for the challenge? Answers/guesses in the comments, please.



    Geez, Louise...I'm good.

    Actually, you know, just this weekend I was wishing we could have replaced the trivia contest with some sort of logic/lateral reasoning contest. ;-)

  2. You'd have to get up pret-ty-ear-ly-in-the-mornin' to get one over on Tina.

  3. Wait a minute...I'm totally lost.

    How is STIFLE/FILETS different from NONE/NEON in its anagram-ness?

    Just humor me. I feel stupid. lol.

  4. I guess because a word can't be considered an anagram of itself...as in the same word. Like "none" is not an anagram of "none" even though the same letters are used each time. STIFLE and FILETS are anagrams of ITSELF. ITSELF, however, is not an anagram of ITSELF.

    :-) But yer not stupid.

  5. ARGH. Now I get it.

    (And I feel the same way I did when I was first asked the question in 4th grade about the ton of bricks vs. ton of feathers.)

  6. Well...at least you're still musically-gifted, good-looking, friendly, funny, and smart...and you have nice teeth. :-)

  7. And doggonit! People like you! :-)

  8. Aww. Now I feel all warm and fuzzy :)


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