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

Dormitory = Dirty Room

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 country side = 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 = Nigel, Fetch an Iron Leg / Flit on Cheering Angel
(Richard Stilgoe in "The Richard Stilgoe Letters")

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 Z's

Vacation Times = I'm Not as Active

Vacation time = I am not 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
(the director of movies Taxi Driver, Mean Streets, GoodFellas, Cape Fear, and Age of Innocence.)

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

Eleven plus two = Twelve plus one

Patrick Stewart = A Crap Trek Twist

Mel Gibson = Bong Smile

Admirer = Married

Indomitableness = Endless ambition

New York Times = Monkeys write / Monkey writes
(by Andrew Glines)

Television programming = Permeating living rooms
(by Dan)

David Letterman = Nerd amid late TV

Howard Stern = Retard shown

Contradiction = Accord not in it
(by E. Tyron)

Debit card = Bad credit
(by Mike Morton)

Naturalist = A trails nut

Internet routers = Reorient net ruts
Church of Scientology = Rich-chosen goofy Cult
(by 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
(by Kevin Dorner)

Mummy = My Mum
(by Chris Dean)

God save us all = Salvaged soul
(by Dawn Amos)

abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz = Cwm fjord bank glyphs vext quiz
(a pangram)

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

Quote by Vonnegut:
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.
(by Cory Calhoun)

Quote by Oscar Wilde:
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.
(by Larry Brash)

From Hamlet by Shakespeare:
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.
(by Cory Calhoun)

William Shakespeare = Willie makes a phrase
(by Donald Griffith)

US Presidents

Tuesday, November Third = Many Voted, Bush Retired
[Re: 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
(by 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
(by Joe Kline)

Spiro Agnew = Grow a spine
(Exercise for the reader: spine can be anagrammed into another body part)
[Spiro Agnew was Richard Nixon's vice president]

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

William Jefferson Clinton = Jail Mrs Clinton: Felon wife
(by Ward Hardman)

George Herbert Walker Bush = Huge Berserk Rebel Warthog
(by Mike Morton)

George Bush = He bugs Gore
(by Mike Morton)

Ronald Wilson Reagan = No, darlings, no ERA law
(by Mike Morton)

Ronald Reagan = A darn long era

Thomas Jefferson = O, short name's Jeff
(by 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.

(By Jason Lofts)

Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

"Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
= The nation - neonate to aged - sigh, the load of Civil War. The downcast, gathered again, want to rededicate on red-tinted acreage. Heaven, fight! Lift a poor fretting people! Aid thus, Sir: loose their tether! A tacit word did calm them! Heaven, light a path! Visit, O Star of the West!

Wait! None noticed long-wind Everett after a rough-hewn giant Lincoln rose. Stood fit, erect, hat toward seven feet - Abe cut an odd figure. Brave Abe stood once; advanced; changed. What now? Virtue! August tenor cadence rang! Stoved evil! Wrought good!

Heeders told the grandchildren: "Henry V (The Fifth)? Agincourt? What of Abe Lincoln on Gettysburg?" I heed it not: "Who, Why, When, Where?" The Shock-Warrior words' aim was Freedom! Our nation's stovepipe-hatted leader eloquently celebrated freedom's new birth. More than oration, its concentrated Natural Wonder stirs deliverance, while free people draw breath.

Ah, no easy truth: a notion found conviction, that actions and great sacrifice garnered honor. But honor, he asked cast afar, redounds to the orator. See the cent - a fair trillion! - the visage esteemed if homely. View the Dakota Rushmore height! Abe: a favorite man always.

He served no idol. He honestly helped the people's government-- the benefit that the vigilant defend, when the Foe hath Freedom hostage -Tripoli, Verdun, St-Lo, Manhattan. Ah, hope's birth! What polarity: larval half-hope - Aha! Restored!

Hi! Let us be the Devoted, all! I, the fortunate have Thee: Liberty!

(by Dennis R. Ridley)

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!
(by 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.

(by 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.

(by Michael J. Mateyka)

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!

(By David Shulman)

[Every line of this sonnet is an anagram of its title]

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; no enemy or minion, human or hobbit, can enter. Thing in pool, I hear in air. Die.
Hi, human idiot. I am main entrance into Dwarven hall; no enemy or minion can enter, nor bribe. I hear thing in pool.
(by Doug Yanega)


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
(by Philip Silverman)

Gentleman's Agreement = Men Entangle, Stem Rage
(by Taysir Jabr)

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

Coming To America = A Cinematic Groom
(by 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.
(by 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
(by 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!
(by Steve Krakowski)

Do an angry hit = Tonya Harding
(by Tim DeLaney)

Grace 'n any rink = Nancy Kerrigan
(by Tim DeLaney)

Vegetarianism = Grains vie meat
(by Nirmal Raj)

Pre-natal = Parental = Paternal

Name is Anu Garg = Anagram Genius
(by Eric Shackle)

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

The anagrammatist group = As I'm Mr. Anu Garg at the top!
(by 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!
(by Dennis R. Ridley)

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

Anu Garg's "The Anagram Times" = Sharing a ragtag amusement
(by Dharam Khalsa)
Anu Garg's "The Anagram Times" = He emits as "gargantuan" 'gram = See, a "gargantuan 'gramsmith"!
(by Jason Lofts)

Anagrams Never Lie... = Reveals A Renaming

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