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IPAlindromes III—What Should We Do With/To Noam?

Mary Shapiro
Truman State University

Last time, we saw that commanding someone to softly and sadly urge someone else to read the works of the most well-known figure in linguistics yields the IPAlindrome Moan, “Dear(ie), read Noam.” While other epithets do not so readily yield IPAlindromes, even allowing for different things one might do to Noam, proper nouns can be quite productive (if somewhat disturbing) in that regard:

Therefore, this month’s challenge is to come up with the longest list of what differently named individuals would have to do to Noam to yield IPAlindromes. Obviously, nicknames are fine, and the verbs don’t have to be imperative, although they must still be plausibly transitive...

Complete the puzzle and send your solutions to the editors of SpecGram by October 25th, 2012 and you could win a SpecGram magnet of your choice. The correct solution and winners, if any, will be announced in the upcoming November issue.

Below are all of the answers to the IPAlindromes IIFind the IPAlindrome! puzzle:

  1. Teach stats; cheat!
  2. Sell chum much less.
  3. Mob a bomb, bomb a mob.
  4. I sip Coke, piss, eye.
  5. Moan “Dear, read Noam.” (Note: “Dearie” works just as well!)

The winners this time are: Eric Chen and Apollo Hogan. Each will receive a SpecGram magnet of their choice.

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