Many mathematicians enjoy wordplay, and for obvious reasons. It is almost a branch of combinatorial mathematics. The pleasure derived from solving a combinatorial problem is very much like the pleasure of solving a cryptogram or a crossword puzzle, or constructing a good palindrome.
"Mathematics And Wordplay,"
Word Ways: Vol. 26
, Article 2.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol26/iss1/2