I am pleased to announce that there were two (returning) winners for the December Palindrome contest.
The requirement was: In addition to Elba, one word: Math
(or maths; mathematics, for anyone brave enough).
The winners in alphabetical order are:
Visiting Assistant Professor in Phonology & Phonetics at Michigan State University
Palindrome: Ha! Am I at natal bash? tame lives, ol’ able-stats Elba. “Lose vile maths!” a blatant aim, aah!
(This was in honor of my birthday–thanks Karthik!)
Bio: I’m a Visiting Assistant Professor in Phonology & Phonetics at Michigan State University. My work primarily deals with probing people’s subconscious knowledge of (abstract) sound patterns. Recently, I have been working on auditory illusions that stem from the bias that such subconscious knowledge introduces.
Statement: “Trying to get a palindrome that was at least partially meaningful was fun and challenging. Plus I get an awesome book for my efforts. What more could a guy ask for! I also want to thank Mayo for being excellent about email correspondence, and answering my (sometimes silly) questions tirelessly.”
Book choice: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Science (K. Staley 2014, Cambridge University Press).
Lori Wike: Principal bassoonist of the Utah Symphony; Faculty member at University of Utah and Westminster College
Palindrome: Able foe rip menisci? Tam, eh? Tam-tam? GMAT mathematics in empire of Elba!
(Lori was brave enough to use “mathematics”–successfully! The only reason I know meniscus is from working in a knee clinic as a graduate student to supplement my Fellowship at U Penn. Congratulations!)
Bio: Lori Wike is principal bassoonist of the Utah Symphony and is on the faculty of the University of Utah and Westminster College. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and a Master of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from UC-Irvine.
Statement: “I’m very happy to be a third-time winner in this palindrome contest. I definitely appreciated the challenge of trying to work “mathematical” into a palindrome, and I must thank my dear friend, Luke, whose recent knee surgery brought “menisci” to my mind. Here is a picture of me visiting Akaka Falls, a necessary stop on any palindromist tour itinerary! I’ve been fascinated by palindromes ever since first learning about them as a child in a Martin Gardner book. I started writing palindromes several years ago when my interest in the form was rekindled by reading about the constraint-based techniques of several Oulipo writers. While I love all sorts of wordplay and puzzles, and I occasionally write some word-unit palindromes as well, I find writing the traditional letter-unit palindromes to be the most satisfying challenge, due to the extreme formal constraint of exact letter reversal–which is made even more fun in a contest like this where one has to include specific words in the palindrome. Lately I’ve been writing a lot of palindrome limericks (“palimericks”) and I’d like to attempt to write a palindrome sonnet in iambic pentameter.”
Book choice: What is this thing called science? (A. Chalmers 1999 (3rd ed), Hackett Publishing Company).
CONGRATULATIONS TO BOTH! And thanks so much for your interest!
Mayo’s December attempts/examples included:
Elba, I, math girl, let racecar stats = sexes = stats racecar, tell right, amiable!
Elba, I, math, gin, stats = testset = stats night, amiable.
Elba, I, math, gin = night amiable!
Elba saw, aimed a cadet fight. A math gifted academia was able.
Elba fan I, “stats goddess” I, math girl, right. A missed dog stats in a fable.
A nut on Elba, I rave: “No stats goddess I. Math gin night. A missed dog stats, one variable, no tuna!”
JANUARY: IRONY, IRONIC, IRONICAL. Extra points for using any two forms of these words in your palindrome. See rules.