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Help me solve an impossible anagram puzzle!
August 20, 2014 6:55 PM   Subscribe

My 12-year-old cousin got a ridiculous word scramble problem at school today and my aunt and I have spent the past 4 hours trying to decode it. 40 letters, 9 words. Can the hive mind save the day? Details inside.

This is driving me insane! I've tried multiple anagram solvers online and there are too many characters for any of them to work. There is little to no context on the subject of the puzzle, my cousin was just told it had to do with "being a lifelong learner" for a 7th grade practical living class.

The blanks appear as follows:

___ _ ______ ________ ____ ___ _____ ___ _______!

Hopefully that shows up - if not: three letter word, one letter word, six letter word, eight letter word, four letter word, three letter word, five letter word, three letter word, seven letter word!

The letters given are:

JMYNARYYGOAENANLOARIENDEFSLNIAGJEUOTLTHE

Words that I found that may possibly work: learning, learner, goals, self

Any help would be really appreciated by a sweet 12-year-old girl who has anxiety about homework and is still getting used to her first year of middle school. Thanks!
posted by sarahgrace to Education (23 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
 
Those letter frequencies don't jive - are there more instructions than scrambling the letters?
posted by bensherman at 7:07 PM on August 20


Enjoy
Friends
posted by cooker girl at 7:09 PM on August 20


A couple of different automated anagram solvers say that there is no set of English words that can be made from those letters.

Can you make the teacher's or school's name from those letters?
posted by Hatashran at 7:11 PM on August 20 [1 favorite]


Set a . . . and enjoy the journey!
posted by Thing at 7:18 PM on August 20 [3 favorites]


friend learn january math sing gallon joy toy eee

That is almost certainly not your sentence but I think you can make all those words.
posted by phunniemee at 7:18 PM on August 20 [1 favorite]


Set a family learning goal and enjoy the journey.
posted by phunniemee at 7:23 PM on August 20 [10 favorites]


Here is a link to a picture of the worksheet. They don't have access to the student issue of the text where it claims the phrase is located. Please ignore the "learner" in the bottom word boxes and the two marked out Js.
posted by sarahgrace at 7:23 PM on August 20


Set a family learning goal, and enjoy the journey?
posted by theatro at 7:23 PM on August 20


Props to Thing and the iterative anagram solver.

I think that must be it.
posted by phunniemee at 7:23 PM on August 20


AIEE! JAM A GIANT JELLY FROG THERE (ONLY ON SUNDAY)

Is it a religious school cooking class?
posted by pulposus at 7:24 PM on August 20 [74 favorites]


AGE A STREAM JOYFULLY IRON AND ENJOY THE FRIENDS
posted by bensherman at 7:24 PM on August 20 [10 favorites]


Set a family learning goal and enjoy the journey!(?)
posted by Thing at 7:24 PM on August 20 [3 favorites]


Snap!
posted by Thing at 7:25 PM on August 20


Scooped! Yeah, I agree, phunniemee.
posted by theatro at 7:25 PM on August 20


That's got to be it! Thank you Thing and phunniemee!
posted by sarahgrace at 7:26 PM on August 20


Oh, that's not a straight anagram. I forget the name of this type of puzzle, but you're supposed to move the letters up from each column into the squares.
posted by lalex at 7:26 PM on August 20 [2 favorites]


I like the nonsense ones better.


Just sayin'.

(and i think we crashed some of the anagram solvers)
posted by bensherman at 7:27 PM on August 20


Jeez, I can't believe I didn't get that, lalex! I see it now!
posted by sarahgrace at 7:33 PM on August 20


Jeez, I can't believe I didn't get that, lalex! I see it now!

Not at all - those instructions are borderline useless and the answer is less than satisfying. Yay to Thing and phunniemee!
posted by lalex at 7:35 PM on August 20 [1 favorite]


I guess they are called Drop Quote puzzles? I remember Games Magazine used to have them.
posted by lalex at 7:44 PM on August 20


Suggestion from a teacher:

please have your aunt email the teacher who gave this homework and explain the anxiety it produced.

Seriously, your niece's educational experience will be much improved if the teacher has a better sense that this homework sucked.

It's also likely that most kids will come in and say, "I couldn't DO IT!!!!" but it really does help teachers to know how hard and frustrating their assignments are so they can adjust for their kids.
posted by kinetic at 3:24 AM on August 21 [18 favorites]


Good lord! What possible educational purpose does that assignment serve? Do you know anything more about "Practical Living" whatever the hell that is, than you did before?

How is it any better than Be Sure to Drink Your Ovaltine?

Bonus Lesson: A Footballer They Temp = Battle of Themopylae. Now you know some classical history!

for that matter, it's probably a better "practical living" lesson as well
posted by Naberius at 8:42 AM on August 21


> Seriously, your niece's educational experience will be much improved if the teacher has a better sense that this homework sucked.
and
> What possible educational purpose does that assignment serve?

Oh come now, they've learned that Ask Metafilter is a great resource for only $5, SAIT.
posted by RedOrGreen at 11:17 AM on August 21 [2 favorites]


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