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What's that You Said?

Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.

 

Puzzle ID:#26245
Fun:**** (3.15)
Difficulty:** (1.98)
Category:Language
Submitted By:fishmedAus******mod
Corrected By:cnmne

 

 

 



Here are some well-known expressions rewritten into "Cliff-ese". For those of you who don't know what that means, he was a very wordy person on the TV show "Cheers" and never used a small word where a larger one would work. Try to figure out the phrases in simpler terms.

1. To place a primitive agricultural conveyance in a position anterior to the animal Equus caballus.

2. It requires a number of people greater than one to perform a terpsichorean series of low dips and twisting steps on the toes.

3. To accumulate an excess of temperature beneath a circular, tight-fitting clothing component.

4. Emanating from a culinary vessel into a site of pyrogenic activity.


Answer

1. Putting the cart before the horse.
2. It takes two to tango.
3. Get hot under the collar.
4. Out of the frying pan and into the fire.

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Comments

redraptor50*us*
Oct 07, 2005

geezz got me with this one too rats....
speediebean**
Oct 07, 2005

Very very fun, and those last two
really had me thinking!! (got 'em wrong anyway) heehee
smarty_blondy*ro*
Oct 07, 2005

Good one, got me stumped a bit... Keep them coming.
johnnydeppfan
Oct 07, 2005

Very original
brainsterAin*
Oct 08, 2005

YIPPPEEEEE ! I got three out of four and I love solving these. Keep 'em coming !
Stonesfan1**
Oct 08, 2005

umm....it was good
turtlesrock44*
Oct 10, 2005

nice
SilverMoonBee**
Oct 22, 2005

that was so hard i know it's embarassing but once i've seen the answer it was actually quite easy
sweetmamaAus*
Nov 07, 2005

Woo hoo I got all 4!! I love these you have got to keep them coming!!
nikitafullmoonAca*
Nov 09, 2005

Thanks! I learned a new word today: Terpischorean! These are very fun to figure out. Keep up the good work!
boodlerAgb*
Nov 11, 2005

I also learned a new word; I thought it was terpsichorean!
ladybugbutt*
Nov 11, 2005

Woo! I got three out of four. These are great, keep them coming. Now, must have coffee
jabdrAus*
Nov 11, 2005


this is a good one. Made me think. Can't belive I missed one, especially after reading the answer. Bring on more.
lindquist_25Aus*
Nov 11, 2005

It was good, but I'm not really a fan of those kinds of teasers. I like the more fun and easy ones.
flaslady
Nov 11, 2005

Those must have been more difficult to compose than they were to figure out. Good puzzle though.
deb57gail
Nov 11, 2005

I also believe these took far longer to compose than to figure out, however, It's a blast reading and translating them in your head...kind of a quickie workout for the ol' noodle.
amyu05
Nov 11, 2005

YAY another "Cliff-ese" I am so excited!!!! Great one today, though I did have a little trouble with 1 and 3 Thanks... you rock!!!
srichardson1066**
Nov 11, 2005

Very nice. I found these very easy, but I love these kinds of teasers anyway! Kepp 'em coming!
chrissydaze**
Nov 11, 2005

igot it..igot it.. igot it...
chrissydaze**
Nov 11, 2005

igot it..igot it.. igot it...
chrissydaze**
Nov 11, 2005

igot it..igot it.. igot it...
Aarghonautsus*
Nov 11, 2005

Your translations of common word combinations into the complex style of a sit-com character's vernacular are pleasing to the son of my mother and father!!
allen6566
Nov 11, 2005

Had fun....I've enjoyed exercising my brain with these every day and finally registered today. I thought the last one was "jumping from the kettle into the fire" - think I had that mixed up with another phrase.
(user deleted)
Nov 11, 2005

Being a linguist, these are my favorites. More!! More!!
chaskey*us*
Nov 11, 2005

Surprisingly I got these with little trouble, but I failed so miserably with the previous teaser like this that I was ashamed to Rate or Comment. Tough but fun!
tarheel*us*
Nov 11, 2005

Keep 'em coming...lots of fun.
geniesue**
Nov 11, 2005

Very good, fun, fun, fun
qtpie9148**
Nov 11, 2005

until i saw the answer that was hard but after i knew what they were they were actually not that hard. i just wish i would have gotten them before i clicked on show answer
spoonfulofsugar
Nov 11, 2005

I loved this one! I didn't take the time to think about the last Cliff-ese teaser we had the other day before looking at the answer. Then I was mad at myself. Got 3 & 4 pretty quickly, got 1 after looking up the word "Equus Caballus". 2 was the hardest for me- terpsichorean through me off and then after I looked it up and figured out the expression I think it could be gotten without even knowing the meaning of that word.
Anyway I thought it was great fun!
tigerroarsatu*nz*
Nov 11, 2005

this one completely stumped me got em all wrong
riddlelover**
Nov 11, 2005

This is brilliant! I love these! I also love Cheers! Awsome teaser, and very fun! Great job!
emmyduckie
Nov 11, 2005

Dude, that was in the back of Reader's Digest three months ago. I liked it then, too.
BATBrain**
Nov 11, 2005

Loved it!!!! MAybe becasue I was able to get them all correct for a change.

Perhaps I like these due to my proclivity to Cliffese myself.
doodledrops
Nov 11, 2005

I got them all except 4 that one was hard. but these were really cool I loved them
keep em commin'
ceeyaaa**
Nov 11, 2005

Excellent!!!
hidentreasure**
Nov 11, 2005

????????????????
bluehawk*us*
Nov 11, 2005

thanks for the memories, Ienjoy the "CLIFF-ESE". Keep them coming
lthomason**
Nov 11, 2005

I love these keep them coming
fletch
Nov 12, 2005

Hey, I got them all, they are a lot of fun, pls keep 'em coming
thimblenogginus*
Nov 12, 2005

Love these but again I think these would be way beyond Cliff. He knew trivia but he was basically stupid. That was the joke.
michelle3617Aus*
Nov 14, 2005

that made it onto my favorite list
peppamintp*us*
Nov 25, 2005

I got two and four so I got it half right. Good teaser.
David1966*
Nov 27, 2005

You would have 2 b 100 2 figure that out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
doka13*ml*
Dec 26, 2005

I could only get parts of them... but i put it as full fun! LIKED IT A LOT
Vigo95Aus*
Feb 14, 2006

i loved it ! it was awesome !
this was very much my thing and i got them all , no problem!!!!
(mind you the ones evryone else thinks are easy i'm sure i never know)
kashbyAus*
May 24, 2006

didnt get it
GebbieRoseAus*
Nov 12, 2006

Another good one! Sehr gut!
scallioAus*
Nov 12, 2006

This challenge of the organ found in the skull is wont to cause extreme jubilance!

Great teaser. I love these Cliff-ese teasers.

OldChinaHand**
Nov 12, 2006

Enjoyable as always Fishmed. Thank for mental Tango.
lmurray*cn*
Nov 12, 2006

BU HAO. I DON'T LIKE THESE, AND CLIFF NEVER USED SENTENCES LIKE THESE.

YOUR LITERARY LICENSE IS OVER EXTENDED.
puttumupus*
Nov 12, 2006

wow.that was a stinker..i just couldnt get it.. when i saw the answers .it was like one of those times if it had been a snake it would have bit me...
ScitchrAus*
Nov 12, 2006

Easy for me, but still fun.
Thanks for morning fun.
Pizzazz2uAus*
Nov 12, 2006

These were a slight bit easy, but they were entertaining. A marvelously laid out teaser. WTG! Fish Keep up the good work.
coachpisco*
Nov 12, 2006

I liked'em
nu_rob_roy*sx*
Nov 12, 2006

I'm not sure who Clift is, but I liked these. They gave my brain a good workout today. Thanks.


Still no Imurray teasers, can't you do any thing but mouth off all the time. Totally Rude.
bradon182001*us*
Nov 12, 2006

I got them all so I'd have to sy I liked this teaser. They were relatively easy, so that was good, since it's Sunday morning and I'm just getting started on the day.
jabdrAus*
Nov 12, 2006

Ditto my comment of a year ago!
schmedley9*us*
Nov 12, 2006

those are waaayyyyyyy cool
NicoletheElf*
Nov 12, 2006

Too many big words!!!!!
suganue*us*
Nov 12, 2006

I got them all
I got them all
I got them all
Yeah!!!!!!
vaed
Nov 12, 2006

i got #'s 1 and 4 right away....didn't have the patience to figure out the other two... not my favorite teaser types, but they are still fun. Godd Job!
vaed
Nov 12, 2006

OOPS! I meant GOOD JOB!
RRAMMOHAN*in*
Nov 12, 2006

Nicely worded. Thanks for keeping our brain cells ticking.
wandering_goat*
Nov 12, 2006

This one's nice. I couldn't get the first; If I heard it before, then I sure didn't remember it!
wordmama*
Nov 12, 2006

Thank you SO MUCH, Fish!!

I got them all immediately, but I LOVED every second of the effort!

MORE! MORE! MORE!!!
Musikman212*ca*
Nov 12, 2006

I like these. They make you think, but they're solvable with a little thought. By the way, lmurry takes everything much too literally. Just no sense of humor, that one.
OhEmGeeA*
Nov 12, 2006

uh i'm going to have to say i didnt like this one very much at all. It was boring and difficult. I didn't get the same trill doing this one as did I other puzzles. I do not think this particular teaser deserves a high rating. please try to jazz up the puzzles!!
horsehun
Nov 12, 2006

i thought it was weird. didn't like it much. love the emoticons though
dumb-broonet
Nov 12, 2006

im not good with big words!! got confused but they make me think
cuteandditzyAus*
Nov 13, 2006

That was fun. ot them all but # 3. Great job.
jjdolphineAus*
Nov 13, 2006

hehehe. I liked that. I could actally get a little! Gj!
vlermaAus*
Nov 17, 2006

Nice job Fish. I got all four. One only has to understand part of the elaboration to disect the structure, concentrate, and solve. Many more please?
natureluverca*
Nov 18, 2006

Good one. I got #1. By the way, imurray,STOP THE NEGATIVE COMMENTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
natureluverca*
Nov 18, 2006

I totally agree with nu rob roy about imurray.TOTALLY.
natureluverca*
Nov 18, 2006

And musikman212.
speedqueenkmwAus*
Nov 19, 2006

lotsa fun. got 1 and 4
QrystalAca**
Dec 14, 2006

Yay, I got 4/4 this time (just got done doing #II in this series, with less luck).

Cheers on some good teasers fishmed!
funnygirl25Aus*
Aug 06, 2007

very nice fishmed!
princessptAus*
Sep 28, 2007

great teaser! definitely tricky but fun!
doeheadAus*
Nov 12, 2009

N.C.O.T.S.T.
EliosAus*
Nov 12, 2009

Woo! I got all of them right - guess I was channeling my inner Cliff. Great teaser!
patiencewithaP*us*
Nov 12, 2009

I got them all! I love these! Thanks fishmed!
leroyleroy*
Nov 12, 2009

I REALLY DO LIKE THESE. I'D LIKE TO SEE THEM MORE OFTEN.
UptheHillA*
Nov 12, 2009

NICE!!!
speedqueenkmwAus*
Nov 12, 2009

got 3 out of 4 so pretty happy with that. I like these.
phyllisa*us*
Nov 12, 2009

I had to think about #3, but got them all. Fun.
phyllisa*us*
Nov 12, 2009

I had to think about #3, but got them all. Fun.
MrsKAus*
Nov 12, 2009

This was great! There's a list out there somewhere with Christmas carol titles written out like this and it's really funny---makes you think. Here's a good phrase: Eschew obfuscation!
Babe*
Nov 12, 2012

I only got two, but they are fun to do! Some are confusing as someone else said also, but keep trying!!
cutebugAus*
Nov 12, 2012

I agree w/doehead.
HABS2933Aca*
Nov 12, 2012

I'm not sure if I agree with Doehead or not, not sure what she said. I must say I miss Doehead's unique take on things out here though.

Personally, I enjoyed the teaser. All four of the questions were quite solvable but actually took some thought to do so. I don't like teasers that the answers are so obvious a brain-dead monkey could get them, but then I don't want one so hard that it can't be solved in a reasonable amount of time. They are supposed to be fun, not at a graduate level (have already put in my time there).
gaylewolfAus*
Nov 12, 2012

These are not my favorite, but thanks for posting!
fishmedAus*
Nov 13, 2012

Glad you guys liked them. I try to be challenging w/o being too difficult.



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