It’s Follow-Up Friday: Word Mastery Answers edition!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!

By this time, you know the drill. Follow-Up Friday is a chance for us to revisit the subjects of previous posts and bring the PuzzleNation audience up to speed on all things puzzly.

And today, I’ve got the answers to last week’s edition of Word Mastery: Famous Expressions!

We posted twelve famous sayings or expressions that were reworded in a verbose and ridiculous fashion, and we challenged you to unravel them and figure out the original expressions. Let’s see how you did!


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

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

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

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.

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

All that glitters is not gold.

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

Too many cooks spoil the broth,

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

Curiosity killed the cat.

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.

You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

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

Fools rush in where angels fear to tread.

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.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.

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

When the cat’s away, the mouse will play.

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

It is the empty barrel that rattles the loudest.

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

Necessity is the mother of invention.

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

Those who live in glass houses should not throw stones.


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