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Following my earlier post about CHECKBOOK, I wrote a Python program to find dictionary words with the property they have symmetry about a horizontal mirror line; if you invert them, they remains the same. I used the UK Advanced Cryptics Dictionary, by Ross Beresford (240732 words) as my word source.

Here is the full list of then 352 results. As you might expect some of the words are a wee bit obscure.


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Richard Walker

59 letter anagram

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Edited by Richard Walker, Thursday, 26 Dec 2019, 17:58

I recently discovered the wonderful Guardian Crossword Blog and there I read this astonishing 1982 tour-de-force from the legendary Guardian crossword setter “Araucaria”. The clue was

O hark the herald angels sing the Boy’s descent which lifted up the world (anag), and in what circumstances (5,9,7,5,6,2,5,3,6,2,3,6)

The solution occupied 9 of the down lights (See 2, See 2 etc.) and may be the longest anagram ever to appear in a mainstream crossword puzzle. Hats off to Araucaria!

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