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Good morning! It was pointed out to me yesterday that this is a palindromic week - all the dates this week are palindromes:

6-12-16, 6-13-16, etc.

Of course, it's not a true palindrome unless you remove the hyphens (since they make the number non-symmetric): 61216, 61316. Also, it's not just this week; it's any date this month in the teens: 61016 through 61916.

Even though I didn't know it was a palindromic week, we have two new Professor Puzzler posts about palindromes:

Palindromic Squaring

How many Palindromic Squares

On a related subject, I wanted to share with you one of my favorite words about words: semordnilap.

A semordnilap is a word which, when spelled backwards, is also a word. For example, STOP is a semordnilap, because when you spell it backwards, you have POTS, which is also a word. Semordnilaps are important in one of the word games over at Quote Puzzler. In fact, there's even a list of all English-language semordnilaps over there: Semordnilaps in English.

And by the way, if you haven't done so yet, you should reverse the word semordnilap to see what you get.

Which means, of course, that even though palindrome is not a palindrome, semordnilap is a semordnilap.

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