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Foxing Flies [BB304]

3 April, 2011

Each set of paired of clues can be answered by two phrases that contain the ceNtral cluster of ING – with one SMALL CATCH. The familiar phrase of Answer 1 will become the new phrase of Answer 2 as soon as you swap the marginal clusters astride the ING-centre. Sounds confusing? Let’s try a few examples:

Runway/deforestation = landing strip/stripping land

Still stumped? Try this one: Fruit bat/duping Louie? = flying fox/foxing fly. (As you can see, no mixing is involved, and sometimes the second phrase will be a droll invention.) Enough blather. Let’s play –

  1. Butchery slab/breakwater role
  2. Bordello/mall mishap?
  3. Casino/real estate?
  4. Boxcars/selling bread
  5. Horse holder/mail strike?
  6. Cattle marker/Sunbeam
  7. Tearing strips off/stripping?
  8. Gridiron player/pro-series

Care to create you own? Give it a crack in the Comments.

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