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Ersatz Zoo [BB386]

28 October, 2012

Promise I’ll leave animals alone, after our bestial Storm, and then Nib’s monkey-tail doggerel, but here’s an old Wordwit that warrants a second airing. Not just a sweet challenge to unravel, but also an intriguing invitation to coin your own proverbial fauna.

So, if the zoological name for the red kangaroo is Macropus rufus, does that make a lone wolf, Lupus singularis? Using any Latin hunches, what are these next ten idiomatic animals?

  1. Canis excellens
  2. Bovis sanctus
  3. Piscis gelidus
  4. Columba scamna
  5. Equus atrus
  6. Cattus exterritus
  7. Castor fervidus
  8. Sus totus
  9. Bos loquacious
  10. Apis abecedarius

BB385 SOLUTION: Hop master, Pom’s earth/heart, roast hemp, other maps, Rome’s path, pa’s mother, parts home, ham poster. (Other anagrams are possible.)

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