Devise a Plan
Consider What You Know (Cognition*)
What data are available? What information might help? How could I approach the problem methodically -- step by step?
Devise a Plan, Evaluate Data*:
Anagram: DRY OXTAIL IN REAR
Gather data and create a solving strategy**:
- The data:
- There are eight consonants: (D,L,N,R,R,R,T,X)
- There are seven vowels: (A,A,E,I,I,O,Y)
- What I already know about the English language:
- Seven vowels might mean seven syllables (unless there are diphthongs, e.g. io, ea, etc...)
- Long English words (this one has fifteen letters) frequently have common prefixes and common suffixes.
- My personal experience:
- Having the letters in alphabetical order doesn't help.
- Expert advise:
- Will Shortz, the New York Times crossword puzzle editor, says it's easier to recognize anagrams if you arrange the letters randomly within a circle.
The Plan (Solving Strategy):
1. Form a list of prefixes and suffixes.
2. Write prefixes and suffixes on paper
3. Arrange remaining letters randomly
in a circle between the prefix and the suffix.
4. Rearrange the letters using trial and error.
* Metaliteracy is not a linear process. You would use all four domains throughout your investigation of a topic. But at this stage you could consider the value of cognition, what you know. However, you'll want to be aware of what you know and what you learn throughout the process. The schema for metaliteracy was developed by Trudi Jacobson (University at Albany) and Tom Mackey (Empire State College). This interpretation was derived from: Forte, M., Jacobson, T., Mackey, T., O'Keefe, E., & Stone, K. (2014, September 11). Goals and learning objectives: Developing metaliterate learners [Blog post]. Retrieved from Metaliteracy website: https://metaliteracy.org/learning-objectives/
**The renowned mathematician, George Pólya, claimed that skipping this step is the reason many problems go unsolved or are solved incorrectly. This puzzle and the recommended steps to solve it come from: Pólya, G. (1957). How to solve it: A new aspect of mathematical method. Garden City, NY: Doubleday Anchor Books. (pp. 161-162)