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Mongo
post May 15 2008, 01:27 AM
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The title is an anagram, presented in this article over at the systemic transit website.

From the story:

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Anagrams were brought into use as a method of protecting one’s priority of discovery while simultaneously keeping a discovery under wraps in order to obtain further verification. Galileo was an early adopter of anagrams. After observing Saturn, he circulated the following jumble of letters:

s m a i s m r m i l m e p o e t a l e u m i b u n e n u g t t a u i r a s

When he was ready to announce that Saturn has a very unusual shape when seen through his small telescope, he revealed that the letters in the anagram can be rearranged to read, Altissimum planetam tergeminum observavi, or “I have observed the highest planet tri-form.”


As for the meaning of today's anagram, we know that systemic is heavily involved in an effort to look for transits of Alpha Centauri B.

And indeed, the anagram could be partly broken down to:

Alpha Centauri B super Earth eeegllrsst

although I could be way off base with the actual words.
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post May 15 2008, 01:58 AM
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Well, after staring at this for almost a half hour I can honestly say that I have no bloody talent at all for anagrams, and am probably lucky to have been successfully toilet-trained. Mongo, my hat's off to you, you cryptowizard! smile.gif

Tantalizing, though; best of luck to those with the wit and persistence!


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post May 15 2008, 05:05 PM
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QUOTE (Mongo @ May 14 2008, 05:27 PM) *
And indeed, the anagram could be partly broken down to:

Alpha Centauri B super Earth eeegllrsst


It's obvious that the last word is the name that locals have given their world, but it's probably spelled Gersellset.


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post May 16 2008, 06:01 AM
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My best so far is "See Alpha Centauri B's pull errs, get Earth".

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post May 16 2008, 06:18 AM
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Or even "Alpha Centauri B Earth's pull greets seer."

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post May 16 2008, 06:26 AM
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One more and I'm going to bed: "Re Alpha Centauri B Earth: Peer's tug sells."

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post Oct 7 2008, 08:58 PM
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Regulus B has three erratic pale planets
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post Oct 7 2008, 09:11 PM
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QUOTE (Adam Laceky @ Oct 7 2008, 09:58 PM) *
Regulus B has three erratic pale planets


Huumm...
"Since posting the anagram last month, Dr. Laughlin has given several more clues: it contains a German name, and doesn’t contain the words “super” and “Earth.” You can read Dr. Laughlin’s original post here and check out some of the proposed solutions by his readers. (They’ve been suggesting that the German word might be a star named Gliese.) And then if you can solve the mystery, feel free to share it with the Lab."

From here.


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post Oct 8 2008, 12:25 AM
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Oops! I forgot that part. Of course, "gliese" is in there, as is "tau ceti." If the "!" is turned into an "i", they're both in there.

I've been using this anagram generator:

http://wordsmith.org/anagram/advanced.html

You can tell it what words must be included and excluded, which speeds up the search quite a bit.

I give up for now.
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