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1. Solomon Short averred, "A cliché is a sure and certain way to dilute an idea." I wait with bated breath to see how you respond to this assertion. Er... just exactly what is my "bated" breathing like, anyway? (Hint: think of wind abating)
2. "Now listen up you scurvy dogs. It do be all right for you to be taking that which was thrown overboard. But don't go and be taking anything from the shipwreck. Or, by thunder, I'll be sending you down to Davy Jones' Locker; I will. And don't ye go pretending not to know which is which. The flotsam and jetsam are clearly labeled."
So, should you be picking up the flotsam or the jetsam? (Hint: Jetsam and jettison probably share a common derivation.)
3. You've just thrown caution to the wind and passed the point of no return. The die is cast. Like Caesar of old, you have crossed the Rubicon. By the way, if you really crossed the Rubicon, what country would you be in? (Hint: you will be in the same country whichever direction you cross.)
4. Your nefarious scheme has been exposed; justice has triumphed; and you find yourself hoisted by your own petard. If you had literally been hoisted in this fashion, which of the following would be the most plausible method of the "hoist"? (Hint: it seems the type of thing that could happen to Wile E. Coyote.)
5. And speaking of winches, what about wenches? We all are likely to have a similar mental image for a "buxom wench", but buxom did not always have the narrow meaning that it does today. Which of the following words is an obsolete meaning for "buxom"? (Here is an etymological hint: be calm and let the answer enfold you.)
6. So, you're on tenterhooks are you? Figuratively you may be in a high state of expectation; but, if you were literally stretched out on tenterhooks, what would you be? (The hint has already been given. You might want to read the question again if you missed it.)
7. Had you wished to play the ancient game of "High Jinks" in the time of Sir Walter Scott, what equipment would you have required? (Hopefully my helpful hints have you on a roll!)
8. You are more than a bit miffed and considerably beyond fit to be tied. Sulking is no longer sufficient. You have entered the state of being known as "high dudgeon." Ah yes, we know the meaning of the phrase. High dudgeon can only mean... a lot of dudgeon. So even a trivia novice could conclude that dudgeon referred to towering, sullen, anger. But the true trivia masters among you will surely know what part of which weapon the word "dudgeon" literally designates. Which of the following is it? (No hints here. This is where the true trivia buff proves his or her mettle.)
9. You've taken umbrage. Oh yes you have! Don't try to deny it. I can see that you've taken umbrage because the pose you have assumed, metaphorically alludes to the literal meaning of umbrage. What are you doing? (Hint: think of another name for a parasol, and one of the uses for said item.)
10. Your child's first step, dancing with that special person to your favorite song, knowing that mommy and daddy love you - these are things that warm the cockles of your heart. But just what would cockles be? (Hint: remember, we're looking for literal meanings.)
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