[meteorite-list] "2011" Meteorite Challenge Update

From: MexicoDoug <mexicodoug_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri, 21 Oct 2011 11:20:26 -0400 (EDT)
Message-ID: <8CE5E1C18579652-1E54-1E188_at_webmail-d018.sysops.aol.com>

Dear List Anagrammatists,

There are perfect anagram meteorite pairings out there! Some real good

Though a perfect anagram where the letters of one are rearranged
exactly into the letters of another withough leaving out any letters on
either, is not necessarily a winner according to the rules, since
imperfect anagram pairings are allowed too, though the perfect anagram
likely will score higher and win anyway!

One very kind list member who is quite expert in anagrams has sent me
an informational email (but kindly respected the honor system rule and
not entered) to prove this fact.

So the last rule is modified,

"If there is no clear winning entry, the winner will be the entrant who
can say METEORITIC ANAGRAMMATIST ten times in the shortest interval of

...no longer is necessary;

and replaced by:

If no one figures out a qualifying winning entry otherwise, the winning
entry will be considered the cleverist rearrangement of all letters of
a meteorite name with none left over and none additional, into a word
or a phrase. Any language is permissable if any listmember can speak
it fluidly, even if the entrant can't.

This is how Galileo first communicated his discovery of Saturn with its
rings (which he thought were three zones of light). He used Latin.
There are listmembers with acceptable fluidity in Latin, so that's an
option, too.

The contest is over on Sunday night 11:59 PM (23:50) PDT (Los Angeles
time), 23 October 2011
Kindest wishes

-----Original Message-----
From: MexicoDoug <mexicodoug at aim.com>
To: Meteorite-list <Meteorite-list at meteoritecentral.com>
Sent: Fri, Oct 21, 2011 4:13 am
Subject: [meteorite-list] "2011" Meteorite Challenge

Dear List:

"2011" Meteorite Challenge

For all those who would like to try their hand at hunting for
meteorites but can't get out into the field, you're invited to try a
virtual meteorite hunt in the strewn field of all meteorite names. The
prize is a token chip off Vesta - Tatahouine, of course, that beautiful
witnessed fall which is truly unique among meteorites and the rarest of
all (more on this later, but now for the hunt...), not expecting it to
be more than a gram; though it will be either sent to the winner or
some other friend or budding collector as directed by the champ. Plus
the champ receives a conjectured priceless signed certificate naming
you the champion:

                                     "METEORITIC ANAGRAMMATIST"

An anagram is simply a rearrangement of the letters of one word to form
another word. So, the idea is to hunt for a meteorite and its anagram
pairing. For example, with numbers, today is: 10/21 (or 21/10 as you
please). Rearranging the numbers we get 2011 in the spirit of Galileo,
who was a very accomplished anagrammist.

I haven't thought of a meteorite name that is a perfect anagram, nor
have I tried ... but, here's an idea:

Allende / Yelland

If only it were Eelland they would be a perfect meteorite anagram
pairing. In Spanish, Y and E are interchangeable in a certain instance

The objective of the contest is simple - get the biggest anagram you
can find. Finding one meteorite name in mixed up inside another is ok,
even though all the letters of only one are paired to the other. Rule
of common sense, but in case of difficulty with that:

For a satisfactory effort, here are a few rules:

cheat programs exist, but I imagine they do.

(1) Minimum of 4 letters
(2) Numbers are not included, but their letters can be used. For
example ABCDE ### can be used as simply ABCDE.
(3) Reuse of complete words or components of compound words do not
count. For example, Northeast Africa and Northwest Africa have no
value, nor would "meteor" and "meteorite" if they were valid, have any
(4) The value of the meteorite anagram is simply the number of reused
letters unless it is a perfect anagram (see (6).
(5) Partial anagrams can be used where only a subset of the letters in
one meteorite's name is used to form another complete meteorite name.
For example, Boaz (NM) is a partial from Bou Azarif (Morocco). The
score would be the same for Boaz and Zaborzika (Ukraine).
(6) If all letters are used, the score is tripled. For example, the
value of (5) above is only 4. But, if there were a meteorite Zoab to
pair with Boaz, the value would be 12.
(7) The official dictionary is the Met Soc Online database, only
official meteorites are permitted.
(8)"Dry Lake", "Mountain", geographical words common to more than one
distinct locality may be dropped or used at the option of the
anagrammatist. But using entire words or compound word components will
not increase value.
(9) Lame examples not contemplated by the rules may be disqualified at
the sole opinion of the sponsor of this (me).
(10) In the case of a tie value, perfect anagrams trump first, if
neither is perfect, then the submission that shuffles letters more wins.

If there is no clear winning entry, the winner will be the entrant who
can say METEORITIC ANAGRAMMATIST ten times in the shortest interval of

GOOD LUCK anyone who would like to have fun with this!

Kindest wishes

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