Monday 3 April 2017

Political Wordplay Puzzle #1: A Wealth of E-M-O-L-U-M-E-N-T-S

WORDPLAY post #37
CREATIVE WORDPLAY, involving anagrams
PARODY COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio, March 2017.
SONGLINK: A song honoring E-words ending in -MENT is found at our sister-blog "SILLY SONGS and SATIRE" - The Etymology of Elements


The target of the present anagrammatic effort, EMOLUMENTS, is an important item discussed in the U.S. Constitution.  

Several types of wordplay puzzles published in newspapers and magazines involve a type of anagrammatic endeavour - finding constituent shorter words derived from a longer word. Usually a target number is suggested based on the author's experience. 

Our proposal here is to use parent words that are more politically provocative than those targeted in standard puzzles. 

The rules are as follows:

1. Create as many as possible constituent words, having at least 4 letters based on single use of the letters in the PARENT WORD.
2. The letter S may not be used at the end of a short word either to pluralize a noun, or to specify the form of a verb. For example, with target word SEDIMENT, proposed answers may include "Teen", "Need" or "Seen", but not "Teens" or "Needs". 
3. Proper names which are universally recognized, e.g. "Obama" may be used, but are subject to the judges' approval. 
4. Prizes may be awarded at the site-directors' whim, based on unusual performance.  To compete, record your entry in the Comments Box. (No tweeting, please)



source: ProPublica


A submission of 40 words 
confirms your status as a WORDPLAY STAFFMEMBER

A submission of 60 words 
confirms your status as a WORDPLAY CABINET SECRETARY.

A submission of 75 words 
confirms your status as a WORDPLAY PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE. 

The RESULTS, including the surprisingly extensive ANSWERS, (more than 100) will be posted in 1 week. 

STAY TUNED to this Blogpost

ANSWERS (April 11)

HATS OFF to J. H. of New York, NY, who obtained a score of 79, and is hereby declared a  WORDPLAY PRESIDENTIAL NOMINEE.

Please continue here, for this week's WORDPLAY PUZZLE!  

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