137. All 26 Letters

April 11, 2011

MyFonts.com has found a practical use for pangrams — displaying all the letters in a typeface. They’ve collected over 200 pangrams in 24 languages, many from a 2002 contest on Will Shortz’s NPR radio segment, allowing font fanciers to view their selections in the form of pangrams (link below).

A few of the pangrams:
Schwarzkopf vexed Iraq big-time in July. (33)
My expensive quartz watch once belonged to JFK. (37)
Puzzled women bequeath jerks very exotic gifts. (40)

And one, appropriately, with a typeface theme:
Mix Zapf with Veljovic and get quirky béziers. (38)

NPR and Washington Post pangrams:

The winner of Will Shortz’s 2002 NPR contest (Gordon Gerwig):
G.W. Bush quickly fixed prize jam on TV. (30)

The top two entries in the Washington Post’s Style Invitational “un-NPR” contest a month later (both by Milo Sauer):
“Who am taking the Ebonics quiz?” the prof jovially axed. (44)
NPR is a crazy-quilt mix of half-baked new-age jive. (40)

The pangram display mode on MyFonts:
1. Click HERE
2. Click on the “sample text” arrow (right above the display of fonts) and pull down to “Pangrams” … if it’s not already selected.

104. The Simpsons Pop-up

November 17, 2008

On Sunday, November 16, episode #2006 of The Simpsons featured New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz and master constructor Merl Reagle. Here’s a pop-up image from the show.

Click on the image to enlarge: