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16 September, 2014

Right now I'm hip-deep in riddle research. And one common riddle style is what I call the MON-KEY type. You know them too well:  

What key eats bananas? A monkey  

What uncle is underfoot? A carbuncle

A variation on the formula is a little looser in the spelling. The gag is the same, but the payoff has a homophone element: 

What pony is sweet? Mascarpone  

What teller is schmoking hot? A panatella  

So now let's make our own - the strict or the sonic. Be careful of the Liberace Trap, where a muscial race is not a Liberace, as the sound fails. But a valuable dart (objet d'art), or belligerent debtor (vendetta) is fine. Name and number your originals. We can keep them succinct - like below. And let's avoid the far-too-fertile ANTs and NATIONs, to name but two! Have fun.

DA1 - Lethal lock?  

DA2 - Linguistic thong?

DA3 - Radioactive noble? 

DA4 - High earner?  

DA5 - Eerie strain?  

DA6 - Fertile fate?  

Share your answers, and new mon-key ideas below.

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