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Internet Anagram Server = I, rearrangement servant = Isn't rearrangement rave?

Dormitory = Dirty Room

Eleven plus two = Twelve plus one

Dictionary = Indicatory

Schoolmaster = The classroom

Elvis = Lives

Listen = Silent

Clint Eastwood = Old West Action

Madam Curie = Radium came

A telephone girl = Repeating "Hello"

Western Union = No Wire Unsent

The countryside = No city dust here

Evangelist = Evil's Agent

Astronomers = Moon starers = No more stars

Postmaster = Stamp Store

A telescope = To see place

The eyes = They see

The ears = Hear set

The cockroach = Cook, catch her

Waitress = A stew, Sir?

The centenarians = I can hear ten "tens"

Desperation = A rope ends it

I run to escape ~ a persecution

The Morse code = Here come dots

The meaning of life = The fine game of nil

Slot Machines = Cash lost in 'em

Conversation = Voices rant on

Disraeli = I lead, Sir

Clothespins = So let's pinch

Mr. Mojo risin' = Jim Morrison
From the Doors song, "L.A. Woman"

The Great New York Rapid Transit Tunnel = Giant work in street, partly underneath

Florence Nightingale = Flit on Cheering Angel = Nigel, Fetch an Iron Leg

MacDonalds = Clam and sod

Darling I love you = Leaving your idol = Avoiding our yell

Butterfly = Flutter-by

Heavy Rain? = Hire a navy!

Tom Cruise = So I'm cuter

Animosity = Is no amity

Mother-in-law = Woman Hitler

Father-in-law = Near halfwit

Funeral = Real fun

Protectionism = Cite no imports = Nice to imports

A domesticated animal = Docile, as a man tamed it

The railroad train = Hi! I rattle and roar

The Hilton = Hint: Hotel

A rolling stone gathers no moss = Stroller on go, amasses nothing

Sunshine and Shadow = Show in sun and shade

The check is in the mail = Claim "Heck, I sent it (heh)"

The United States Bureau of Fisheries = I raise the bass to feed us in the future

Snooze alarms = Alas! No more Zs

Vacation times = I'm not as active
Mike Gillis

Software = Swear oft

Metathesis = It's the same
Fred Domino

Sycophant = Acts phony
Stephen Jones

Silicon Graphics = A long chip crisis = Can logic ship, sir? = Gosh, sir, I can clip!

Alec Guinness = Genuine class
Dick Cavett

The detectives = Detect thieves

The hospital ambulance = A cab, I hustle to help man

Semolina = Is no meal

The United States of America = Attaineth its cause, freedom

Christmas tree = Search, Set, Trim

A gentleman = Elegant man

Presbyterians = Best in prayers = Britney Spears

The public art galleries = Large picture halls, I bet

A decimal point = I'm a dot in place

The earthquakes = That queer shake

Salman Rushdie = Read, shun Islam

Martin Scorsese = Screen is a storm

Barbie doll = I'll bare bod = Babe I'd roll = Liberal bod

Student Information Processing Board = Computation transgression forbidden

Statue of Liberty = Built to stay free

Mel Gibson = Bong smile

Admirer = Married

Indomitableness = Endless ambition

New York Times = Monkeys write = Monkey writes
Andrew Glines

Television programming = Permeating living rooms

David Letterman = Nerd amid late TV

Howard Stern = Retard shown

Contradiction = Accord not in it
E. Tyron

Debit card = Bad credit
Mike Morton

Naturalist = A trails nut

Internet routers = Reorient net ruts
Kevin Dorner

Church of Scientology = Rich-chosen goofy cult
Kevin Dorner

Movie summaries:
The Maltese Falcon = Sam, locate left hen
The Shining = Highest inn
It's a Wonderful Life = Wife, I lost real fund
The Shawshank Redemption = Tim taken, showed harsh pen
Kevin Dorner

Mummy = My Mum
Chris Dean

God save us all = Salvaged soul
Dawn Amos

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz = Cwm fjord bank glyphs vext quiz

"Be Like Water" = We break tile
Ozan Sarikaya (a well-known quotation attributed to martial-arts expert Bruce Lee)

Just because some of us can read and write and do a little math, that doesn't mean we deserve to conquer the universe. = A masquerade can cover a sense of what is real to deceive us; to be unjaded and not lost, we must, then, determine truth.
Cory Calhoun (Quotation by Kurt Vonnegut)

There is only one thing worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about = Wilde died broken, beaten 'n' total nut. Hate being sunk in that rotten gaol. Shh, gay is taboo.
Larry Brash (Quotation by Oscar Wilde)

To be or not to be: that is the question, whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune = In one of the Bard's best-thought-of tragedies, our insistent hero, Hamlet, queries on two fronts about how life turns rotten.
Cory Calhoun (Quotation from Hamlet by Shakespeare)

William Shakespeare = Willie makes a phrase
Donald Griffith

US Presidents

Tuesday, November Third = Many Voted, Bush Retired
The election of Clinton over incumbent Bush Sr.

Why shouldn't America go re-elect President Clinton in Ninety-Six? = He has a prime or cunning tendency to wildly solicit Internet sex
Cory Calhoun

Mr. William Jefferson Clinton, former President of these United States of America = Monica flirts. Wife sees hot jism from cad land on fat intern, set to rule free empire
Joe Kline

Spiro Agnew = Grow a spine = Grow a penis

William Clinton = I'm it, an ill clown
William Jefferson Clinton = Firm clean fellow. Joint? Sin!
William Schmidt

William Jefferson Clinton = Jail Mrs. Clinton: felon wife
Ward Hardman

George Herbert Walker Bush = Huge berserk rebel warthog
George Bush = He bugs Gore
Ronald Wilson Reagan = No, darlings, no ERA law
Mike Morton [ERA: Equal Rights Amendment]

Ronald Reagan = A darn long era

Thomas Jefferson = O, short name's Jeff
Dennis R. Ridley

Long Works of Anagramming:

Anthem For Doomed Youth
by Wilfred Owen

Anthem For Doomed Youth

What passing-bells for these who die as cattle?
Only the monstrous anger of the guns.
Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle
Can patter out their hasty orisons.
No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells;
Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,
The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells;
And bugles calling for them from sad shires.

What candles may be held to speed them all?
Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes
Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes.
The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall;
Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds,
And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds.
= Hymn: The Fight for Martyrdom

What pealing tolls for those condemned as bulls?
Is most hellishly angry gunshot.
Resonating trench gunfire's deathly prattle
Detonates non-melodious laments.
Why no hopes go forth, no lilting orisons?
Pay no vocal remorse bar these, the choristers,
Their mad trilled echoes of howlin' salvoes;
Trumpets blow in distress on far-off hillocks.

What tapers can be held to hasten all the slain?
Held not by brash youths, but in these orbits
How flicker shimmering god images of adieus.
Her pale forehead'll be terror's able friend;
Why, floral softness seen as patience,
Night, where mild days, wound down, end.
Jason Lofts

Cool Hand Luke Anagram
"Captain, Road Prison: What we've got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can't reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it... well, he gets it."
We see America's anti-hero flip it -- where? At The Man! Tut! Luke vows not getting it -- rams his way. Cool Hand split -- wee gutsy hare! Ram out! Wow! Cheetah cojones! Why, he aces with a deuce!
Dennis R. Ridley

The top twelve all-time absolute worst people in history, ranked by the wisdom of the crowd

The top twelve all-time absolute worst people in history, ranked by the wisdom of the crowd
1. Adolf Hitler
2. Joseph Stalin
3. Pol Pot
4. Idi Amin
5. Osama bin Laden
6. Heinrich Himmler
7. Josef Mengele
8. Kim Chong-il
9. Joseph Goebbels
10. Benito Mussolini
11. Saddam Hussein
12. Mao Zedong
= 1. Oh! ill Nazi bellowed. Now in Hell.
2. Soviet Dictator.
3. I see "Khmer Ogre".
4. Non-white Cannibal.
5. Some SEALs got him.
6. Jumped-up ill Gestapo top.
7. "Angel of Death".
8. North Korea's "His Majesty".
9. Wimp poisoned himself.
10. Him: Fascism's Belly-button
11. "The Rope" ended him!
12. "Jism Baboon" - Red Idol.
Maurice Goddard

The Curse of the Ring (from The Lord of the Rings)

In the land of Mordor, where the shadows lie,
One Ring to rule them all,
One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all,
And in the darkness, bind them.
= Who fears Nine Morgul men,
A lot of bandit demons,
The gathering torrent,
And Him, one Dark Lord
Sheltered within His hell?
Men, blind to the One Ring.
Michael J. Mateyka

Inscription (from The Lord of the Rings)

Ennyn Durin Aran Moria. Pedo mellon a minno. Im Narvi hain echant. Celebrimbor o Eregion teithant i thiw hin. = I'm main entrance into Dwarven hall. I'm iron; no enemy, human or hobbit, can enter. Thing in pool, I hear in air. Die. = Hi, human idiot. I am main entrance into Dwarven hall. I'm iron; no enemy can enter, nor bribe. I hear thing in pool.
Doug Yanega

Washington Crossing the Delaware
A hard, howling, tossing water scene.
Strong tide was washing hero clean.
"How cold!" Weather stings as in anger.
O Silent night shows war ace danger!
The cold waters swashing on in rage.
Redcoats warn slow his hint engage.
When star general's action wish'd "Go!"
He saw his ragged continentals row.
Ah, he stands - sailor crew went going.
And so this general watches rowing.
He hastens - winter again grows cold.
A wet crew gain Hessian stronghold.
George can't lose war with's hands in;
He's astern - so go alight, crew, and win!
David Shulman (Every line of this sonnet is an anagram of its title)

The Marriage of True Minds
by William Shakespeare

Let not the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds
Or bends with the remover to remove.
O no, it is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken.
It is the star to every wand'ring bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height be taken.
= Oh Damn! Must I Refrigerate?
by Leslie Marie Kapshaw

I, altogether a formed instrument,
Despite slim motivation, mend love
In what we'd call a fitter Shinto shrine;
Where vermin rot, betroth some dove.
A fork (an extreme division
Soon eventless in the dark paths) makes not
That street biker advisory warning
So. I laugh when he knows what the non-bikers thought.
Cory Calhoun


Leroy Newton Gingrich =
Yon Right-winger Clone
Lingering, once worthy
I negligent, horny, crow
Grow incoherent, lying

Movie Reviews

Hook = Oh, OK
Raiders of the Lost Ark = Ford, the Real Star, is OK
The Towering Inferno = Not Worth Fire Engine
GAMES Magazine

Prince of Tides = PS. I cried often
The Silence of the Lambs = The con bites male flesh
Philip Silverman

Gentleman's Agreement = Men entangle, stem rage
Taysir Jabr

Motion picture 'From Russia with love'= True mush of virile patriot in Moscow
Pinchas Aronas

Coming To America = A cinematic groom
Leo Mackillop (Eddie Murphy film about him finding a bride)

Tony Blair, MP = I'm Tory plan B
Virginia Bottomley = I'm an evil Tory bigot
Margaret Thatcher = A charm tart, get her!

Twenty thousand leagues under the sea = Huge water tale stuns. End had you tense.
E.L. Benfer

The end of the world is nigh! = Down this hole, frightened!
Donald L. Holmes

The best things in life are free = Nail-biting refreshes the feet
Donald L. Holmes

"That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind." Neil A. Armstrong = A thin man ran; makes a large stride; left planet, pins flag on moon! On to Mars!
Steve Krakowski

Do an angry hit = Tonya Harding
Tim DeLaney

Grace 'n any rink = Nancy Kerrigan
Tim DeLaney

Vegetarianism = Grains vie meat
Nirmal Raj

Pre-natal = Parental = Paternal
Name is Anu Garg = Anagram Genius
Eric Shackle

Anu Garg = Anurag G.
Harshal Madhavapeddi (Anu is a shortened version of the name Anurag)

The anagrammatist group = As I'm Mr. Anu Garg at the top!
Adie Pena

Get numerous anagrams = Or, Anu Garg's amusement
Anu's bag is a rareness of magical grammar = Garg's business: miracle of anagram-arama
'The most welcomed, most enduring piece of daily mass e-mail in cyberspace' = Hey, come by! Meet all-time wildest spiced anagram finder's coupe in Cosmos!
Dennis R. Ridley

www.wordsmith.org/anagram = Grammar was downright wow!
John Crowe

Anu Garg's "The Anagram Times" = Sharing a ragtag amusement
Dharam Khalsa

Anu Garg's "The Anagram Times" = He emits as "gargantuan" 'gram = See, a "gargantuan 'gramsmith"!
Jason Lofts

Anagrams Never Lie... = Reveals a renaming

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