Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Ballpark Anagrams

This one is just for fun. I've always loved anagrams. When I was in college, a classmate and I actually got a "literary anagram" published in the "Saturday Review," the high-brow literary magazine published by Norman Cousins. Our puzzle had anagrammed writers' names on one side and, for each, an anagrammed work. I remember one: "beware addle" (Edward Albee) wrote "Thy Ooze Rots" ("The Zoo Story").

I've been playing with ballpark anagrams recently and had fun coming up with a variety of ways to use the letters in "stadium" and "field" to form words. Here are anagrams for 30 major league ballparks. Some of the parks still exist; the majority do not. With a few exceptions, I have steered away from the current crop of corporation-sponsored names. I'm not asking you to waste your leisure moments figuring out that I've made an anagram of "US Cellular Field." Most of these should be easy enough, especially if you're familiar with the long-extinct parks. I'm listing them here alphabetically except for #30; that park has (had?) such a great name for anagrams that I'm listing all seven I created. It might still be a tough park to guess. [At least for the time being, I am not providing answers. You should figure those out for yourself, and you're free to contact me if you just can't stand not knowing.]

1. A PERKY FAWN
2. A STICKY DURHAM JUMP
3. BREAKS HIP
4. BUSTS AID MUCH
5. CORK IMPS A KEY
6. DEBT BELIEFS
7. DICE FLY, LOSER
8. DICK CAN'T SPARKLE
9. DIG SUTTER AIM
10. DROOL ON, PUGS
11. EAT HUMID ASS
12. FOOLS CRIED
13. G.E. SCENT ERROR
14. IT'S GODDAM RUDE
15. I'M ITS FIFTH GUARD
16. KAY IS A NUDE MET
17. LOBES DIFFER
18. MIKE DONG
19. SHARED MISTER VIRTUE
20. MOD REMOTE
21. MUMMIES: D.O.A. TRAIL
22. PRAGUE LEAK
23. PRO SPANKS SMART
24. REF UNTIL RED
25. RIGID FEW YELL
26. SCARY MADDEN
27. SOCIAL MULE
28. SOOT DREAM
29. WORK BABEL
30. #1: MYOPIA-LED QUEST
#2: DOPES MA QUIETLY
#3: IT'S MY PEQUOD ALE
#4: MOIST PLAQUE DYE
#5: MOPEDS EQUALITY'
#6: QUEASY MILD POET
#7: DIM OPAQUE STYLE

BONUS: BED FOULED DAILY

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