Examine each of the five sentences below. What is unusual about them? They all display a special property that shouldn’t be too difficult to spot.
a. Sums are not set as a test on Erasmus
b. Stella won no wallets
c. Eva, can I stab live, evil bats in a cave?
d. I maim nine men in Miami
e. Marge lets Norah see Sharon’s telegram
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Each of the sentences is a palindrome. That is, the same letters occur backward as well as forwards.
Take from the pack the thirteen cards forming the suit of diamonds and arrange them in this order face downwards with the 3 at the top and 5 at the bottom: 3, 8, 7, Ace, Queen, 6, 4, 2, Jack, King, 10, 9, 5. Now play them out in a row on the table in this way. As you...