“Hmm, Dad, what do you mean by anagram?” my son asked, glancing at my Wordoku puzzle.

“An anagram of a word is another word formed by rearranging the letters of the original word. For example, ‘PARTS’ is an anagram of ‘TRAPS’.”

“Like ‘SPOT’ is an anagram of ‘TOPS’,” my son retorted. He got his pouch of scrabble tiles and spilled them on his table.

“Precisely,” I said.“Or ‘HE, YOUR FART’ is an anagram of ‘YOUR FATHER’,” my wife quipped looking at my son, who gave out a muted chuckle.

“Watch it, okay,” I told my wife in a mock threatening tone, “‘YOUR FATHER’ can also be ‘YEAR OF HURT’”

“Like ‘MY HUSBAND’, can be ‘HANDY BUMS’,” she said coming close and pinching my buttocks.

I grabbed her by the waist and whispered in her ear, “Also like ‘MY HUSBAND’ can be ‘HAD MY BUNS’ and even ‘AND MY BUSH’.”

“Behave yourself! There are kids watching,” she murmured softly, pushing me away.

“Okay, okay. I get the picture. Now, can you two please stop romancing and let me get on with the puzzle,” my son squinted his eyes at the piece of paper in front of him.

“Talking of anagrams, I think I am getting hooked on them,” my wife, who was poring over the Scrabble tiles looked up at us with a mischievous smile.

“Check this one out,” she said.On the table the tiles were arranged to say ‘YOUR FATHER HARI KUMAR’

“Yeah, so what’s so great about that,” I asked her.“Watch,” she said as she started rearranging them. My son let out a burst of laughter as he read: “UH, I MARRY FREAK AUTHOR”.

“Very funny,” I said wryly.


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