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You find yourself curious about anagrams and word ladders. You decide to start with the first, as it’s earlier in the book.

With Lisa’s help, you read through the instructions.

An anagram is a simple concept. You take some words, rearrange the letters in them, and spell new words. For example, ‘Parry, Riposte’ can be rearranged into ‘Pears I Pry Rot.’ Admittedly, that second one doesn’t make a lot of sense, but does that really matter?

“My aunt and uncle were fencers,” Lisa explains. “So almost all their examples have something to do with swords. Anyhow, this might be a bit complicated if you’re not used to the letters, but it could also be a good test. So to make this a game, each of us makes a phrase, and the other one has to come up with an anagram of it. If you get stumped on my phrase, though, I have to show you an anagram for it. If I can’t, you get a point. If I can, I get it. First to five points wins, in a full game, but that can take a while. So we’ll play to first point and then you can decide if you want to keep it up.”

“It sounds like good practice,” you agree, and you think about your phrase.

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