We all know the Simpsons' little greyhound.
But what is Bart's pet saying in this picture?

Santa's Little Helper says: "Amethysts or Hamster's Toy Rheostats My Mossy Threat"

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    $\begingroup$ Wittgenstein: "If a dog could speak, we could not understand him." Philosophical Investigations, p.223 + my edit :) $\endgroup$ Aug 8, 2015 at 3:37
  • $\begingroup$ His name is Santa's Little Helper $\endgroup$ Aug 9, 2015 at 6:10
  • $\begingroup$ @CanadianLuke - Yes. I considered saving the puzzle for Christmas and using his name in the title.. Maybe I'll do another puzzle around then. $\endgroup$ Aug 9, 2015 at 6:41
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    $\begingroup$ Surely Simpsons' rather than Simpson's? $\endgroup$
    – Silverfish
    Aug 9, 2015 at 12:28
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    $\begingroup$ @LamarLatrell - True, but then not many people could understand Wittgenstein ;-) --- For the record most dog owners understand what their dogs are saying only too well. It usually relates to food and going for walks! – I don't suppose old Witters ever had a pet. Just another armchair philosopher. $\endgroup$ Aug 10, 2015 at 0:25

3 Answers 3


It must be:

Eat My Shorts!
He's repeating anagrams of Bart's catchphrase. What a clever dog, that Santa's Little Helper!
For the record, Deusovi answered first (+1), verifying that they were all anagrams, but didn't come up with the one which most fits the puzzle.

He might also be barking "HANDWOVEN AT CAMO" ;)

  • $\begingroup$ Actually I think you probably did get the extra bit because you mentioned the word 'ca------se' . I've given my answer anyway. $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2015 at 21:26
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    $\begingroup$ @chaslyfromUK Don't be amazed: this one was super easy. There are online resources for getting anagrams, so all you have to do is stick in one of the phrases from the question and see what results come out. $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2015 at 21:38
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor - Yes but surely there aren't many others so appropriate to the subject matter as Deusovi's - You have to admit that was quite a coincidence. $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2015 at 22:03
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    $\begingroup$ @chaslyfromUK Indeed! So much of a coincidence that I wonder if it could have been intentional on the part of the people who made the show... $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2015 at 22:06
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    $\begingroup$ @randal'thor - Not according to this, "The real history behind the phrase is that Nancy Cartwright, Bart's voice actor, improvised the line during a table read. She first said it as a prank when she was in her high school marching band at Fairmont High School. " simpsons.wikia.com/wiki/Eat_My_Shorts! $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2015 at 22:19

Is it...

"Homer's tasty"?

I guessed this because

each line was an anagram of the others, and this seemed to be the most logical missing anagram.

  • $\begingroup$ Well no - but I am flabbergasted by the fact that it could yield this answer! It is not the one I had in mind. When you see the reasoning you will understand why mine is more apposite. I'm still amazed by the coincidence. $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2015 at 21:11
  • $\begingroup$ @chaslyfromUK: Yeah, I figured there was a more 'elegant' answer. Still trying to find it - my original thought was that there would be some sort of anagram indicator and that's currently what I'm looking for. (e.g. "GSGE" cluing "scrambled eggs") $\endgroup$
    – Deusovi
    Aug 7, 2015 at 21:13

I'm amazed by the responses to this question in so many ways. Here was my intended formulation of the answer:

Eat My Shorts!

The reason is:

"What is Bart's pet saying?" can be interpreted as "What is Bart's favourite saying." The anagrams weren't actually needed to answer the question!


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