The Palindromist

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The Palindromist
The Palindromist № 1.jpg
Cover of the Fall 1996 issue (№ 1)
EditorMark Saltveit
CategoriesRecreational linguistics
PublisherPalindromist Press
First issue1996
CountryUnited States
Based inPortland, Oregon[1]

The Palindromist is a magazine devoted to palindromes, published since 1996. Initially it was published biannually. The frequency switched to irregular.[1] It is edited by Mark Saltveit, a Portland-based stand-up comedian who won the first-ever World Palindrome Championship.[2][3][4]

Each issue of the magazine prints a variety of palindromes in various forms (letter-unit, word-unit, and vertical), covers palindrome-related news, and seeks to accredit writers of famous palindromes.[5][6] The magazine also covers closely related forms of wordplay, including calculator words and written charades.[6]

The magazine organizes the SymmyS Awards, an annual palindrome competition adjudicated by a celebrity panel. Past judges have included Will Shortz, MC Paul Barman, Ben Zimmer, David Allen Cress, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Demetri Martin, and John Flansburgh.[7][8][2]

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  1. ^ a b "The Palindromist". Retrieved June 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b Steinmetz, Katy (March 6, 2013). "Madam, I'm Adam: Palindrome Masters Go Head to Head in Championship". TIME.
  3. ^ V, Primus (July–August 2012). "Wow. Huh?". Harvard Magazine. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
  4. ^ Matheson, Whitney (April 3, 2012). "A dispatch from the king of palindromes". USA Today. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
  5. ^ Oliver, Mark (February 20, 2002). "Do geese see God?". The Guardian. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
  6. ^ a b Morice, David (February 2012). "Kickshaws". Word Ways: The Journal of Recreational Linguistics. 45 (1): 22–50.
  7. ^ Williams, John (March 8, 2013). "A Magazine, a Plan, a Contest — Symmys!". The New York Times. Retrieved October 3, 2014.
  8. ^ Matheson, Whitney (April 15, 2014). "It's the SymmyS: Awards honor best new palindromes". USA Today. Retrieved October 3, 2014.

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