What are you trying to say here?

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A while back, I posted a holiday-themed game where famous Christmas songs were reworded, and I challenged the PuzzleNation readership to unravel them all.

Well, this weekend I was going through a box of old assignments and such from my school days, and I stumbled upon another instance of this kind of rewording puzzle, this time centered around famous sayings and expressions.

Can you figure out the original expressions from these overly verbose rewordings?


1.) A mobile section of petrified matter agglomerates no bryophytes.

2.) Desist from enumerating your fowl prior to their emergence from the shell.

3.) Scintillation is not always identification for an auric substance.

4.) A plethora of culinary specialists has a deleterious effect upon the quality of purees, consummes, and other soluble pabula.

5.) A chronic disposition to inquiry deprived the domestic feline carnivorous quadruped of its vital quality.

6.) It is in the realm of possibility to entice an equine member of the animal kingdom to a source of oxidized hydrogen; however, it is not possible to force him to imbibe.

7.) Persons deficient in the faculty of determining values move with impetuosity into places that purely spiritual beings view with trepidation.

8.) If John persists without respite in a constant prolonged exertion of physical or intellectual effort he will develop into a youth slow and blunted in perception and sensibility.

9.) Immediately upon the absence of the domesticated carnivorous feline, the common house rodent proceeds to engage in sportive capers.

10.) A round vessel made of staves bound with hoops that is destitute of contents is productive of the most deafening din.

11.) Products of ingenuity are the offspring of exigency.

12.) Residents of structures composed of silicate substances should refrain from casting hardened mineral objects.

How did you do? Let us know in the comments section below!


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