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The Enigmatic Rebus


Philip M. Cohen


Those who enjoyed Mary Youngquist's "Loony Logos" and "Loony Logos Revisited" in the May 1971 and February 1972 Word Ways may be interested in the National Puzzlers' League's favorite puzzle, the rebus. Mary is the present editor of their monthly publication, The Engima, from which the rebi in this article were taken. The rebus is the same as the Loony Logo in principle, but differs in economy (a good rebus contains many fewer letters) and hence in content (any word or group of words is rebus material, but most common phrases cannot be readily rebized). There is overlap, of course; February's GSEG = scrambled eggs and PIPRE = Pied Piper are venerable rebi.