76 Anagram Puzzles

All about anagrams

An anagram is a word or phrase made up of the letters of another word or phrase. Here are some simple examples:

TEACH = cheat
PALE = leap, plea, peal
ROMAN = a norm, a morn, no arm, manor
TEA CUP = apt cue, cut pea

How to solve anagrams

Write the word backwards or in a circle. This takes your mind off the original word and its meaning. Always use capital letters.


Write each letter on a small card. Use capital letters. Shuffle the cards around on the table.

Ignore all capital letters, punctuation and spaces in the original word or phrase. Insert new capital letters, spaces and punctuation if your new word or phrase needs them.

In ORANGE, you'll find: go near, one rag, an ogre, no rage


Some words will not give you many variations.
Some may give you words and phrases which do not make much sense. You might not always find many Ďsensibleí or rational phrases when you shuffle the letters around.

SAUCER = a curse, care us, causer, race us, sea cur, sue car, use arc, use car
COMPUTER = cute romp, curt poem
LITERATE = relate it, elite art, tree tail, title era

The best words to use are those that have a good variety of vowels and common consonants.

More examples

Longer words and phrases with a good selection of letters can bring some surprising result.

EAT BREAD a debater, area debt, eared bat
TRADITION idiot rant, adroit nit, radio tint
TRADITIONAL taint old air, inlaid Tarot, dial to rain, and lit a trio
CANTERBURY try ABC rune, canít rebury, Cuban Terry, bay current

You might sometimes get results which seem to have a weird connection with your original word.

TRADITIONAL Odin on trial, an Iliad trot
MILLIPEDE limpid eel
MERCHANT cent harm
BROCCOLI boil croc

Here are some Australian cities:

Youíll find A BROTH in HOBART

Try it with the names of towns, cities and counties  where you live! Some will work, some won't. For example, I was born in the village of Balderton, near Newark, which give me NOBLE DART, WE RANK. I live in the city of Monash, part of Melbourne. That doesn't have many letters to play with but it gives me NO HAMS. But the name of the suburb is Mount Waverley, which makes lots of anagrams, including MATURELY WOVEN and MULE AWRY, NO VET.

This introduction is based on an article first published in Vision (the journal of Victorian Association for Gifted and Talented Children).

Now itís your turn

I have compiled some rather cryptic anagrams for you to solve. They are grouped in four themes. When you have worked out what the theme is, the solutions will come more easily.

Do the four sets in order, starting with no. 1 and finishing with no. 4.

Remember, you must ignore what the anagrams seem to say. It has nothing to do with the answer!

Have a look through the numbered clues. Check them against the anagrams. Do the easy ones first. That will narrow down your choices for the more difficult ones.

The clues and answers relate to the way words are used in Australia. There might be a couple of differences in the way the words are used in other countries. The answers are given separately. Please donít look at them until you are  desperate. Please donít look at the answers to the group(s) you have not yet done!

This will be good brain exercise. It could be a good idea to work with someone else: use two brains!

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