Symmys Judges Announced

The first annual Symmys Awards for best palindromes of 2012 has a stunning lineup of wordplay celebrities, just announced. The 9 judges are:

Will Shortz, NPR’s Puzzle Master and New York Times’ Crossword Editor

Weird Al Yankovic – musical comedy legend, and creator/singer of the palindromic classic "Bob"

Demitri Martin – Comedian, author and palindromist. Demetri's new book POINT YOUR FACE AT THIS comes out on March 19th.

Jackie Kashian - very funny comedian (Conan, Comedy Central, Nick at Nite) and host of popular podcast 'The Dork Forest'

John Flansburgh, half of the Grammy-winning band "They Might Be Giants," who are best known -- in these parts anyway -- for their classic song "I Palindrome I"

Ben Zimmer – executive producer of and, language columnist for The Boston Globe, and former "On Language" columnist for The New York Times Magazine.

Jack Rosenthal, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (New York Times),

Tim Imit, editor of, the biggest website for new palindromes,

and Jeff Grant, New Zealand palindrome legend (Word Ways Magazine).