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"Eleven plus two" is an anagram for "twelve plus one."
  a word or phrase spelled by rearranging the letters of another word or phrase
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  • "Eleven plus two" is an anagram for "twelve plus one."
  • "I heard it’s an anagram for Ratner Tolb."
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "Imagine a situation" was a game she’d invented where Colin found the anagrams and then Katherine imagined an anagrammatic situation.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • With more than enough time to kill, I started in again—rearranging them, trying to create anagrams, substituting different letters for others.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds

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  • But the decline of my fortunes at McGraw-Hill began with the arrival of a new editor in chief, whom I secretly called the Weasel—a near-anagram of his actual surname.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Few people realized that anagrams, despite being a trite modern amusement, had a rich history of sacred symbolism.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • And this is the anagrammatic method.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • They were all masters of checkers and chess and bridge and cribbage and dominoes and anagrams and charades and Ping-Pong and billiards, as well.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five
  • You can come if you want to play anagrams.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • What anagrams had he made on his name in youth?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • "Jeova Sanctus Unus is an anagram of a famous alchemist’s name in Latin?"
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • A parable of the soul, as his Latin teacher had pointed out so sententiously, Amina being a crude anagram for anima.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • He found it impossible to study conic sections; something in their calm and tantalizing respectability breathing defiantly through Mr. Rooney’s fetid parlors distorted their equations into insoluble anagrams.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • The word: she tried to prevent it sounding in her thoughts, and yet it danced through them obscenely, a typographical demon, juggling vague, insinuating anagrams—an uncle and a nut, the Latin for next, an Old English king attempting to turn back the tide.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • He won the Evening American’s first prize of five dollars with this, and one of my jobs was to see that what was sent out to contests, anagrams on the names of presidents or on the capitals of states, or elephants composed of tiny numbers (making what sum?), that these entries were neat, mounted right, inside ruled borders, accompanied by the necessary coupons, boxtops, and labels.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Hema pulled out the telegram more than once, studying the letters, looking for a hopeful anagram.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • Felicity and I nearly burst with laughter, for only we realize that that is an anagram of her name, Ann Bradshaw.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Do you fancy trying to crack the code of the incredibly insane Times crossword? I reckon two down is an anagram of early bat, don’t you?
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • I shift the words around, trying to form a sentence that makes sense, and when that fails, I move the letters around to see if each one might be an anagram for something else.
    Marie Lu  --  Legend
  • Anagram!
    Jhumpa Lahiri  --  The Namesake
  • "Imagine a situation" was a game she’d invented where Colin found the anagrams and then Katherine imagined an anagrammatic situation.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • He gave himself a splinter rearranging p-o-t-s into s-t-o-p—the first anagram he remembered making.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • was a perfect anagram of… Leonardo da Vinci!
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Dingleberries was an anagrammatic jackpot.’
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • But she left anyway, and he was alone in his room, searching out anagrams for mymissingpiece in a vain attempt to fall asleep.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • The mystical teachings of the Kabbala drew heavily on anagrams—rearranging the letters of Hebrew words to derive new meanings.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Her shock over the anagram was matched only by her embarrassment at not having deciphered the message herself.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • When she was young, often her grandfather would use anagram games to hone her English spelling.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • The Romans actually referred to the study of anagrams as ars magna—"the great art."
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "I can’t imagine," Langdon said, staring at the printout, "how your grandfather created such an intricate anagram in the minutes before he died."
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • After all, she was no stranger to anagrams—especially in English.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • In fact, one of his anagrams had gotten him in trouble once when Sophie was a little girl.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • I missed the first two anagrams, Robert.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • "My grandfather probably created this Mona Lisa anagram long ago," Sophie said, glancing up at Langdon.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Merely so Langdon could help her break an anagram?
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • More important, Sophie had stated flat out that she should have broken the anagram on her own.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Sophie was supposed to break that anagram on her own.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Gentlemen, not only does the face of Mona Lisa look androgynous, but her name is an anagram of the divine union of male and female.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • She now recalled that her grandfather—a wordplay aficionado and art lover—had entertained himself as a young man by creating anagrams of famous works of art.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • Those hours of unsleepthroughable loudness allowed him ample time to wonder about everything from when Katherine last thought of him to the number of grammatically correct anagrams of rooster.’
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • French kings throughout the Renaissance were so convinced that anagrams held magic power that they appointed royal anagrammatists to help them make better decisions by analyzing words in important documents.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • They didn’t seem to be anagrams, either.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • Tamar began to explain what an anagram was.
    Mal Peet  --  Tamar
  • Then, from the far side of the room, the anagram was walking toward me—black pin-striped suit and lime-green tie, sharky grin.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • For a long while, Langdon examined the grid, searching for any hint of meaning within the letters—hidden words, anagrams, clues of any sort—but he found nothing.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • You can come back if you want to play anagrams.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • I can anagram anything.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • What are anagrams?
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • For that was how we discovered that the Order often hid their identities by use of anagrams, and that Hester Asa Moore, the name of our trusted mentor, was an anagram for Sarah Rees-Toome.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • Later, she realized the numbers were also a clue as to how to decipher the other lines—a sequence out of order… a numeric anagram.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
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