Friday, April 16, 2010

The Chronicles of Onnicles

I have just been introduced to a stimulating new concept in word puzzles called Onnicles. According to the creator, Sameer Kamat, Onnicles or Onamographic Articles, " creatively incorporate proper nouns (celebrity names, company names etc) in regular English sentences." The term "Onamography" was coined by Kamat as "a conjunction of the Greek words onuma (‘name’) and graphe (‘writing’)."

The object of an Onnicle is to find the names that are embedded in an article. The names often start in one word and end in an another. Onnicles begin with a clue that reveals a category of names for which you will be searching; for example, a recent Onnicle clue was "10 of the greatest guitarists of all time (according to Rolling Stone Magazine)." The clue is then followed by an article which will include the names.

I think the best way to describe Onnicles is that they are a cross between a word search puzzle, Scrabble and Jeopardy; so if you like any or all of these games give an Onnicle a try. You can learn more about Onnicles, as well as solve and create Onnicles at Onamography.

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