The one letter codes for each of the amino acids do have rhyme and reason!

First, some reasons:

The following amino acids all use the first initial as their code. These amino acids are either very common, or they have a unique first letter. To make the following list, use the mnemonic:
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Now for some rhymes:

And for the remnant:


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