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A web search for the history of anagrams will give you many more results than you want to read.  Let it suffice to say that they have been around for a LONG TIME!  It seems that they've been around since at least the 3rd century BC and the Greek poet Lycophron.  It also seems that anagrams were believed to have mystical or prophetic meaning in some eras of history.  In the Middle Ages, anagrammatists often entertained, by creating witty anagrams of people's names. 

For the anagrams which are listed in this work, the Anagrams tool of the CD-ROM version of the 3rd Edition of the American Heritage Dictionary was used.  Several results for each word were then deleted - for example abbreviations such as ROM, RAM, UNESCO, DOS, CPU, ECT, EEG and so on. Capitalized words which were repeats of lowercase words were usually deleted - for example Red, Trine, Host, Sir and so on.  It was felt that a single entry (lowercase) was enough.  Please forgive me if you find more words - the edition of the American Heritage Dictionary which was used was created in 1993, it is an older version and may not have the newest words.  You may occasionally find an abbreviation which I failed to delete, they were not intentionally left here, but were discovered by reviewers.

Also, please forgive the use of different size fonts on the various results pages.  It was desired to fit the results for each word on a single page and therefore a font size was used which permitted this.

The base word (the real word) from which each anagram was created is underlined on each results page. In some cases, when it is felt the reader may not know the word, the definition of the base word has been included on the results page.

There were two alternatives available for showing the results pages - either immediately after each anagram, or all of the results pages at the end of the book.  It seemed that the alternative selected was the best way to go - especially for the E-book Edition. 

For the E-book edition, the only way to retain the formatting desired - and required to make this workable - it was necessary to PDF the original MS-Word Document and then export each page from the PDF file as a JPG image file.  That is the reason the Kindle Edition is so large (in MB).

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 22, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468180878
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468180879
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #925,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Just like volume II, this is a great set of Anagrams. It's nice to have the solutions on the next page. I use this set for homeschooling, and my kids love to see how many words they can get (see if they can beat their mom). We use a sheet of paper to write out the words we find. By writing they are able to practice spelling and have it sink in. Apps take away the paper and pencil. Its nice to have the kindle edition - my bookshelves are full.
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I love word games and puzzles, especially anagrams, but I wish I had known beforehand that it was not interactive. I realize it's a book but I have calendars and some books (as opposed to apps) that allow me to interact in the book itself. In my opinion it defeats the purpose of having it on my Kindle Fire and having to carry along paper and pencil also. Isn't it amazing how technology has spoiled us. The puzzles are good and the concept is good but for me it's impractical. Fortunately I downloaded them for free. In and of themselves they are good enough to keep in the cloud for a rainy day.
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