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Associated Press, ‘Pro-Russian Gunmen Make Inroads in Eastern Ukraine’, The Arizona Republic, 16 April 2014, Online edition <http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/world/2014/04/16/pro-russian-gunmen-make-inroads-in-eastern-ukraine/7807563/> [accessed 17 April 2014]
Associated Press, ‘Washington Mudslide Death Toll Hits 39’, The Arizona Republic, 16 April 2014, Online edition <http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/nation/2014/04/16/washington-mudslide-death-toll/7807383/> [accessed 17 April 2014]
Nelson, Gary, ‘Alex Finter Is New Mesa Mayor; Scott Smith Era Ends’, The Arizona Republic, 16 April 2014, Online edition <http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/mesa/2014/04/16/alex-finter-new-mesa-mayor-scott-smith-era-ends/7791865/> [accessed 17 April 2014]
Seftel, Howard, ‘Restaurant Gems: Haus Murphy’s in Glendale’, The Arizona Republic, 16 April 2014, Online edition <http://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/dining/restaurants/2014/04/16/haus-murphys-restaurant-gems-glendale/7755353/> [accessed 17 April 2014]
The chimera of Homeric legend – lion’s head, goat’s body, treacherous serpent’s tail – has a less forbidding Oulipian counterpart. It is engendered as follows. Having chosen a newspaper article or other text for treatment, remove its nouns, verbs and adjectives. Replace the nouns with those taken in order from a different work, the verbs with those from a second work, the adjectives with those from a third.
The original sentence was from the Mayor of Mesa story. “Alex Finter became Mesa’s mayor in a low-key ceremony shortly after noon April 16 just outside the seventh-floor office where Scott Smith put his stamp on six years that changed the face of the city.” It was the lead paragraph. I chose sentences from the centers of the other stories, looking for interesting words, but I kept them in the same order. I’m not thrilled with this one, but it is a bit more interesting than the original story. I did just leave out the numeral 16 instead of trying to replace it with some other noun. The resulting sentence sounded a bit odd syntactically, so I put in line breaks at the odd syntax jumps, to give you a visual cue that something odd is going on.