Scan of the poem "Anagram" from the 1633 edition of George Herbert's The Temple. Source: http://www.ccel.org/h/herbert/temple/Anagram.html (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
As my English Literature Professor at State University once told us in a lecture, "They ain't no disputin' da facts!" Working with anagrams, finding analogies, as well as performing some deciphering tasks [often cleverly disguised as games!] will build your associative intelligence.
Your associative intelligence has to do with 1) your ability to generalize from an example; 2) your ability to recognize similarities among objects in groups; and 3) the sped with which your miraculously Braintenance-enhanced mind is ability to make these identifications, generalizations and associations.
Anagrams (paired with secret de-coding keys) have been the basis for numerous encrypted messages through the ages. For you Harry Potter fans, how about Lord Voldemort? So doggone obvious.
There is even a nifty Anagram Generator at http://wordsmith.org/anagram if you find that you love anagrams so much that you can't resist the opportunity to crank out reams of your own. We even have Brendan's Anagram Generator and Mike's (Not Really His Name) Anagram-Solver.
Having said this, I ask: ANAGRAMS anyone? Why not?
Here are the rules:
1) I list them.
2) You solve them. You are allowed to use any of the above tools if you happen to get stuck. This is what I call "permissible cheating." -- say...that might just be an oxymoron...
The Theme: Food and Drink
The Hint: Each Group of Words Reduces to a Single Word
I FREAK CUT
IT IS A RUM
Douglas E. Castle for The Braintenance Blog