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Composing
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Flats
      Acrostical Enigma
      Alternade
      Ambigram
      Anagram
      Antigram
      Apt. . .
      Backswitch
      Baltimore Deletion
      Baltimore Transdeletion
      Beheadment
      Bigram. . .
      Brookline Letter-Change
      Change of Heart
      Changeover
      Charade
      Combination Padlock
      Consonantcy
      Curtailment
      Deletion
      Diastichal Enigma
      Double-Cross
      Dropout
      Enigma
      Enigmatic Rebus
      False derivative
      FWNFR
      Group flat
      Head-to-Tail Shift
      Heart Transplant
      Heteronym
      Homoantonym
      Homoconcominym
      Homonym
      Homosynonym
      Interlock
      Letter Bank
      Letter Change
      Letter Shift
      Linkade
      Literatim
      Metathesis
      Mutation
      Mynoreteh
      Order Takeout
      Overloaded. . .
      Padlock
      Palindrome
      Phonetic. . .
      Phrase Shift
      Picture. . .
      Progressive. . .
      Rebade
      Rebus
      Redro takeout
      Repeated-Letter Change
      Repeated-Letter Deletion
      Reversal
      Reversed. . .
      Riddle
      Sound Change
      Sound Shift
      Spoonergram
      Subade
      Suber
      Switchback
      Telestichal Enigma
      Terminal Deletion
      Transaddition
      Transade
      Trans-Cross
      Transdeletion
      Transpogram
      Transposal
      Trigram. . .
      Welded. . .
      Word Deletion
      Word Substitution
      Solving the Rebus
      Browse the Flat Pages
Introduction to Forms
      From A to O
      From P to Z
      Form Modifiers
Cryptograms
      Constructing Medium Crypts
      Solving Cryptograms
      Other Solving Approaches
Extras
      Solving Cryptics
      Composing Cryptics
      Observations
Reference Books
Constitution
      Bylaws
Glossary
Supplements
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      Non-Guide Forms
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      Where to Find It
      Form Notation
      Italian Picture Puzzles
      Abbreviated Guide to Flats
      Mobile Guide to Flats
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 Sharing the Fun (Part 2) 
By Lunqui Bop (Lunch Boy and Quip)
Combining talents to write Enigma puzzles offers yet another way to have fun and develop friendships in the NPL. Why not just write your own flats? Well, for one thing, you might doubt your ability to present the material to its best advantage. For another, you might notice that combining your nom with another is amusing or interesting in itself (more about that in a second).

Collaborations can take many forms, of course, but the most common method occurs when one Krewe member discovers a base (wordplay) for a flat and another contributes the verse. The usual protocol is that the base goes to the versifier, the result comes back for approval or more give-and-take, and eventually a completed flat goes to the Editor for Enigma consideration.

When people collaborate on a puzzle, a combined byline (combinom) readily or fancifully identifies both authors. The general guideline for combinoms is that the first part of the base-finder’s nom is attached to the last part of the versifier’s nom. For instance, if Wabbit contributes a base and Mangie writes a verse, the byline might be WABBIE or WANGIE. Quip and Panache have combined as QUICHE; Ulk and Joker, as ULKER.

The guideline is flexible and often bent with an eye to aesthetics. For instance, LUNKHEAD is the combinom Lunch Boy and QED use. (The Lun from “Lunch Boy” followed by “QED” - or, at least, the sound “QED” would make if you pronounced it as a single word instead of its individual letters). Munro and Lunch Boy have collaborated as MUNCH ROY; Meki and Mr. Tex as TEX-MEX.

To complete the byline, the authors’ cities are similarly combined. The first part of the base-finder’s city precedes the last part of the verse-writer’s city and each author’s state abbreviation contributes one letter (with appropriate accommodations for international collaborations).

The individual contributors to a combiflat (the NPL term for a flat written by more than one author) are listed in the puzzle notes in the front of The Enigma.