Omancy Schmancy

Copyright 1997 by Paul Niquette.  All rights reserved.
Solution to the puzzle poem.

Oh, Mancy Schmancy
by Ana Pest
Keys
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Solutions

 
 
 
 

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A sage selects by spinning vertigo.
Locate those hidden notes in cakes to go. 
Pronounce impending times by moonlight's beams. 
Heed cheese coagulation's future themes. 
And blindfold breathing ripples next day's news. 
But future find in marks on worn out shoes. 
Engage a twirling hatchet that perceives. 
Then forecast from the noise of crackling leaves. 
Invest by shapes of fallen trees aheap. 
Consult the shoulder bone of goat or sheep. 
RYG
RUELA
RTPOTAC
RIT
RE
PRACS
NIXA
NHPAD
LYX
LUPACS
GYROMANCY
ALEUROMANCY
CATOPTROMANCY 
TIROMANCY 
EROMANCY 
SCARPOMANCY 
AXINOMANCY 
DAPHNOMANCY 
XYLOMANCY 
SCAPULOMANCY 
In laughing sounds reveal tomorrow's scene.
Next navel contemplate as time machine. 
View donkey's head aboiling roundabout.
Enlist the marked up onions first to sprout. 
Refer to fig-leaves soaking in a pail. 
See sunlight's image on a fingernail.
Invoke the entrails cut from sacrifice.
Or take up popping rose leaves once or twice. 
Now melted lead's the shape of fate's control. 
So too the sounds of brass or copper bowl. 
LEG
LAHPMO
LAHPEC
INMORC
HCYS
HCYNO
HCNALPS
HROLLYHP
DBYLOM
CLAHC
GELOMANCY 
OMPHALOMANCY 
CEPHALOMANCY 
CROMNIOMANCY 
SYCHOMANCY 
ONYCHOMANCY 
SPLANCHOMANCY 
PHYLLORHODOMANCY 
MOLYBDOMANCY 
CHALCOMANCY 


Keys

Sophisticated solution-seekers observed the clue comprising twenty initials in Ana Pest's ten defining couplets (ALPHABETIC INVERSIONS) -- and something else: The word 'inversions' is plural. Thus, the letters in each selection must be reversed and the associated terms placed in reverse alphabetic order.

    For ordering purposes, of course, it is permissible to truncate the common suffix -OMANCY, which is merely a combining form derived from 'omen' [n. Latin omin-, omen (1582): an occurrence or phenomenon believed to portend a future event: augury]. {Return}
References

Any dictionary thicker than a couple of inches, and...

    The Complete Illustrated Book of Divination and Prophesy

    by Walter Gibson, 1973, Doubleday & Company, Inc. {Return}
 


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