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Half-half transposals.

Most readers will be familiar with split-word transposals such as HORSESHOER in which the letters of the first half of the word are repeated in the second half in a different order. The current exercise is similar, but different in that it concerns pairs of words rather than a single word. I set out to find pairs of words (such as ISOL.ATED and SOLI.DATE) in which the letters of the first half of the first word, rearranged, form the letters of the first half of the second word; and the letters of the second half of the first word, rearranged, form the letters of the second half of the second word. I call these half-half transposals. They can only be found amongst words with an even number of letters. Some of the pairs of words below will have appeared in previous issues of Word Ways, purely in the context of being transposals. Most of the words below can be found in the OED Second Edition--head words, variant forms and text words including citations. Sources of non-OED words are given at the end.

HALF-HALF TRANSPOSALS

6-letter words
AFI.ELD BRI-DAL CLA.IRE DAD.DLE ESC.ORT FLO.RET
FAI.LED RIB.ALD LAC.IER ADD.LED SEC.TOR LOF.TER

GRU.DGE HOR.SED INB.RED JAC.ATE KIS.SER LOW.EST
RUG.GED RHO.DES BIN.DER CAJ.ETA SKI.ERS OWL.ETS

MAL.IGN NEP.ALI OST.END PAS.SED QUS.EIR ROM.EOS
LAM.ING PEN.IAL STO.NED SPA.DES SQU.IRE MOR.OSE

STA.TUE TAR.RED ULS.TER VAC.ATE WIL.ENS ZES.TES
AST.UTE TRA.DER LUS.TRE CAV.EAT DWI.NES SEX.EST

YEH.TEH ZAB.RAS
HEY.ETH BAZ.ARS


8-letter words
ANCE.STOR BEAD.INGS CHAR.ISMA DESP.ISED ERAS.URES FORE.STER
ENAC.TORS DEBA.SING ARCH.AISM DESP.IDES REAS.SURE REFO.REST

GRAN.ITES HARP.INGS CHAR.ISMA DESP.ISED ERAS.URES FORE.STER
ANGR.IEST PHRA.SING NICE.NESS JINA.SITS KREA.SOTE LARB.OARD

(coined phase)

MORA.INES NITR.ATES OUTR.EIGN PARE.NTIS QUAE.STOR RESI.DUES
ROMA.NISE INTR.EATS ROUT.EING REPA.INTS EQAU.TORS REIS.SUED

SPAR.SELY TERP.ENES URIC.ASES VERO.NESE WORD.INGS XENO.SINA
PARS.LEYS PRET.ENSE CUIR.ASSE OVER.SEEN DROW.SING EXON.IANS

YMAN.ERED ZOOG.LEAS
MANY DEER GOZO SEAL
(coined phrase) (coined phrase)


10-letter words:
AUSTR.ALIAN CARPE.TINGS DECIM.ATERS ETHOL.OGIES FOREF.INGER
SATUR.NALIA PRECA.STING MEDIC.ASTER THEOL.OGIES REOFF.ERING

LIMIT.ARIES MONOL.OGISE NECRO.TISED PERSI.STING REDUN.DANTS
MILIT.ARISE NOMOL.OGIES RECON.DITES PRIES.TINGS UNDER.STAND

UNDER.SIGNS
UNDRE.SSING


12-letter words:
LATERI.SATION
RETALI.ATIONS


EXCHANGE HALF-HALF TRANSPOSALS

In exchange half-half transposals, the letters of the first half of the word, rearranged, form the letters of the second half of the second word and vice versa. Reversals (such as STRE.SSED and DESS.ERTS) are a special type of exchange half-half transposal and are not included here.

6-letter words:
AVE.NGE BEL.IED CHE.EPS DEA.RTH ENI.GMA
 GEN.EVA EDI.BLE SPE.ECH THR.EAD GAM.INE

FLU.ENT GEI.GER HEC.TOR IGN.ITE JAN.GER
 NET.FUL REG.GIE TRO.CHE TIE.ING GRE.NJA

KIN.NEL LAI.RED MAN.UAL NEC.TAR ORN.ATE
 ENL.INK DER.AIL ALU.MNA TRA.NCE TAE.RON

UNT.APE VEI.NED WRE.ATH XER.IFO YAT.TER
 PEA.NUT END.IVE THA.WER FIO.REX TRE.ATY

ZAR.ISH
 SHI.RAZ


8-letter words:
ASTE.RIDS BLEA.TERS CHIT.TERS DEPL.ETES
 DISR.ATES REST.ABLE REST.ITCH STEE.PLED

EMIR.ATES FRES.COER GRUN.TERS HALC.YONS
 STEA.MIER CERO.FERS REST.RUNG SYNO.CHAL

MISR.ATES NEGA.TERS OPER.ATES PATC.HING
 ASTE.RISM ESTR.ANGE ASTE.ROPE NIGH.TCAP

QUIE.EING VESI.CANS WEAR.DALE XENO.NOLA
 INGE.NUES SCAN.SIVE DELA.WARE NALO.XONE

YELL.INGS ZOOE.IDES
 SING.LELY SIDE.OOZZE


10-letter words:
CORTA.DERIA
 ERADI.CATOR


12-letter words:
ADULTE.RATING
 TRIANG.ULATED


DUAL PURPOSE HALF-HALF TRANPOSALS

Some words enjoy both half-half, and exchange half-half, partners:
EST.ATE TRES.-TINE STER.NAGE
TES.ATE STER.NITE ESTR.ANGE
 TEA.SET * STRE.ITEN NEGA.TERS
 EAT.EST INTE.REST

All 9 words of these three word sets share the alphome AEERST:

EAR.EST EAT.ERS SEA.TER
REA.TES TEA.SER EAS.TRE
 STE.ARE RES.EAT TER.ESA


All 6 words of these two word sets share the alphome AEIGLNRS:
REGN.ALIS EARL.INGS
ENGR.AILS REAL.IGNS
 SALI.NGER SIGN.ALER


THIRD-THIRD TRANPOSALS

A complementary exercise to half-half transposals involves splitting a word into 3 equal-length groups of letters. The 9-letter words below are split into three groups of 3 letters each. In both cases, each 3-letter group is rearranged so that the 9 letters make another word:
EST.IMA.TES MER.CER.ISE
STE.AMI.EST REM.ERC.IES


Can readers find a 12-letter word which can be similarly operated on by splitting it into three groups of 4-letters each, or perhaps four groups of 3-letters each for a quarter-quarter transposal?

SOURCES OF NON-OED WORDS

Chambers English Dictionary: LATERISATION, MERCERISE, MONOLOGISE, NECROTISE, SELUQI, ZOOEIDES

Collins English Dictionary: TESTAE

The Electronic Aiveary: OUSTIQUE

Nomenclator Zoologicus: XENONOLA, XENOSINA

Stedmans Medical Dictionary: ZOOGLEAS

The Times Index Gazetteer of the World: QUSEIR

Websters Second Edition: JACATE, TRES-TINE

Word Ways: XESTES (92081) FIOREX is the brand name of a pain killer SEXEST is a variant of both SEXIST and SEXIEST ... found on the www.
Susan Thorpe
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England
(thorpexis@hotmail.com)
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Date:Aug 1, 2002
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