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Phrase Anagram Ponder (Posted on 2015-01-28) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Each of the following contains the anagram of a phrase. The digits in brackets denote the word lengths constituting the original phrase.

Identify the respective original phrases.

(I) AFFIRM DEMON (5, 2, 4). Clue: inclination.
(II) POLLUTE SPICE (4, 2,6). Clue: demolish.
(III) NICE OLD NOUN (2, 5, 4). Clue: the height of bliss.
(IV) UNMARKED SEATS (4, 2, 7). Clue: sharp.
(V) OVATE GNOME (3, 1, 4, 2). Clue: make haste.

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Used an anagram program for IV (spoiler for IV) Comment 3 of 3 |
I used an anagram generator called NAMEGRAM (a DOS program), and removed an A and an S. The program generated:

AMENDER TUSK    ¦DARKENS MUTE    ¦DARKEST MENU    ¦DEMEANS TURK
DENMARK SUET    ¦DENTURE MASK    ¦DESKMAN TRUE    ¦DUNKERS MATE
DUNKERS MEAT    ¦DUNKERS META    ¦DUNKERS TAME    ¦DUNKERS TEAM
DUSTMAN REEK    ¦DUSTMEN RAKE    ¦KNEADER MUST    ¦KNEADER SMUT
MARKETS DUNE    ¦MARKETS NUDE    ¦MARTENS DUKE    ¦MATURED KENS
MEANDER TUSK    ¦MEDUSAN TREK    ¦MURKEST DANE    ¦MURKEST DEAN
MUSKRAT EDEN    ¦MUSKRAT NEED    ¦MUSTARD KEEN    ¦MUSTARD KNEE
NAKEDER MUST    ¦NAKEDER SMUT    ¦NETSUKE DRAM    ¦RENAMED TUSK
RESUMED TANK    ¦SEEDMAN TURK    ¦SMARTED NUKE    ¦SMARTEN DUKE
STANDEE MURK    ¦STEAMER DUNK    ¦TENURED MASK    ¦TRUNKED MESA
TRUNKED SAME    ¦TRUNKED SEAM    ¦TUNDRAS MEEK    ¦UNASKED TERM
UNDREST MAKE    ¦ANTEED MURKS    ¦DANKER MUTES    ¦DARKEN MUTES
DEMEAN TURKS    ¦DEMURE STANK    ¦DEMURE TANKS    ¦DEMURS TAKEN
DRAKES UNMET    ¦DREAMT NUKES    ¦DUNKER MATES    ¦DUNKER MEATS
DUNKER STEAM    ¦DUNKER TAMES    ¦DUNKER TEAMS    ¦EDEMAS TRUNK
EMENDS KRAUT    ¦ESTRUM KNEAD    ¦ESTRUM NAKED    ¦KNEADS MUTER
KRAUTS EMEND    ¦MAKERS TUNED    ¦MANURE TSKED    ¦MARKED TUNES
MARKED UNSET    ¦MARKET DUNES    ¦MARKET NUDES    ¦MARTED NUKES
MARTEN DUKES    ¦MASKED TUNER    ¦MASKER TUNED    ¦MENSED KRAUT
METRED ANKUS    ¦MUSKET ANDRE    ¦MUSTED KAREN    ¦MUSTER KNEAD
MUSTER NAKED    ¦NARKED MUTES    ¦NUDEST MAKER    ¦RANKED MUTES
REAMED STUNK    ¦SEAMED TRUNK    ¦SNAKED MUTER    ¦TANKED MUSER
TANKED SERUM    ¦TANKER MUSED    ¦TANKER SEDUM    ¦TEAMER DUNKS
TERMED ANKUS    ¦TRUNKS EDEMA    ¦TURNED MAKES    ¦TUSKED NAMER
TUSKED REMAN    ¦TUSKER ADMEN    ¦TUSKER MANED    ¦TUSKER NAMED
UNMADE TREKS    ¦UNMAKE DREST    ¦UNMASK DETER    ¦UNMASK TREED
DEEMS TRUNK A   ¦DREKS UNMET A   ¦DRUNK MEETS A   ¦DRUNK METES A
DRUNK TEEMS A   ¦DUNKS METER A   ¦DUNKS METRE A   ¦DUNKS REMET A
EMEND TURKS A   ¦KERNS MUTED A   ¦KNEED STRUM A   ¦

IV seems to be KEEN AS MUSTARD.

  Posted by Charlie on 2015-01-28 13:09:49
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