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 Word Play,"
Word Ways: Vol. 43
, Article 23.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol43/iss3/23