Friday, April 12, 2013

Answer to yesterday's word quiz

Yesterday's challenge -- set by Agent 6 -- was to discern the feature common to the following seven words.

1. Banana

2. Dresser

3. Grammar

4. Potato

5. Revive

6. Uneven

7. Assess

What is it that these words have in common? It's this. In all of the words listed, if you take the first letter, place it at the end of the word, and then spell the word backwards, it will be the same word.

Did you figure it out? If so, congratulations, and please satisfy Walt's curiosite on a related point.

There is a name for words which are spelled the same backwards and forwards, e.g. "radar" and "poop". They are called palindromes. But is there a name for the words listed above? If you know of a cromulent appellation, please e-mail Walt at the usual address.

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