“House Plants”

Cryptic Quiz 41

House plants and kittens don’t mix. A particularly fine, floor to ceiling cheese plant was the perfect climbing frame for pre-outside practice. It didn’t survive the experience, though a red-leaved Acer in the garden did scrape through.

First Question

I ended with a set point catastrophe.
Hint
P (10)
Answer

“I” ended with “a”: “ia” at the end

set point catastrophe:

anagram of “set point”: “poinsett”

Poinsettia

Second Question

That’s disgusting! The end is missing and the cat’s tail has been cut off too!
Hint
Y (5)
Answer

That’s disgusting: “Yuck”

“Yuck” The end is missing: “Yuc”

The “cat’s” tail has been cut off too: “ca”

Yucca

Third Question

Seconds away from sweeping fights, the half-time cut-off happened.
Hint
W (7,3)
Answer

Seconds: “s” “s”

“s s” away form “sweeping fights”: “weeping fight”

half-time: “h-t”

“h-t” was cut off “weeping fight”

Weeping Fig

Fourth Question

The goblin lay low.
Hint
O (6)
Answer

goblin: “orc”

lay low: “hid”

Orchid

Fifth Question

Yes, at the end, after Physical Exercise, I sat in a cell.
Hint
P (5,4)
Answer

Yes: “Y”

Physical Exercise: “PE”

“I”

“a cell”

“I” sat in “a cell”: “a cel i l”

After “PE”, “a cel i l”: “PE a cel i l”

“Y” at the end:

Peace Lily

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Hint
U (8,5)
Answer

protection from the rain: “umbrella”

Factory: “Plant”

Umbrella Plant

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Abbreviations

Chemical elements: All possible, Carbon: C, Copper: Cu, Gold: Au, Hydrogen: H, Iron: Fe, Nitrogen: N, Oxygen: O, Silver: Ag, Sulphur: S

Chess: King: K, Queen: Q, Bishop:B, Knight: N, Rook: R

Countries: Australia: Aus, England: Eng, France: Fr, Germany: Ger, Great Britain: GB, Northern Ireland: NI, New Zealand: NZ, Russia: Rus, Scotland: Sco, South Africa: SA, Spain: Esp, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: UK, United States of America: USA/US

Cricket Score Card: bowled: b, caught: c or ct, stumped: st.

Direction: east: E, left: L, north: N, right: R, south: S, west: W

Jobs: Salesperson/man/woman: Rep

Military: Royal Artillary: RA, Royal Engineers: RE

Miscellaneous: Hospital: H

Money: penny: d/p, pound: l, shilling: s

Music notation: loud: f, notes: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, quiet: p, very loud: ff, very quiet: pp

Musical notes: doh, ray, me, fa/fah, so, la/lah, te

Names: First/Christian Names can be abbreviated to the first letter. Common alternatives are also used: Catherine/Katherine: Cath, Cathy, Kat, Kate, Katy, … Charles: Charlie, Chaz, Chuck, … Elizabeth: Liz, Lizzy, Beth, Betty, Eliza, … Henry: Harry, Hal, …

Numbers: billion/thousand-million: giga/G, billionth: nano/n, hundredth: centi/c, million: mega/M, tenth: deci/d, thousand: kilo/k, thousandth: milli/m, trillion/million-million: tera/T

Police: Detective Inspector: DI, Detective Sargent: DS, Policeman/Copper/Plod: PC

Popular Culture: Compact Disk: CD, Extended Play record: EP, fashionable: U, laugh out loud: lol, Long Play record: LP, unfashionable: non-U

Position/Grade: First/1st/I/A, Second/2nd/II/B, Third/3rd/III/C, Fourth/4th/IV/D, Fifth/5th/V/E, Sixth/6th/VI/F/Fail

Road Names: Avenue: Av, Close: Cl, Court: Ct, Crescent: Cr, Drive: Dr, Road: Rd, Street: St

Roman Numerals: one: I, five: V, ten: X, fifty: L, one hundred: C, five hundred: D, one thousand: M,

Scientific: acceleration: a, Amps: A, Centigrade: C, electricity: AC (Alternating Current), DC (Direct Current), Energy: E, Fahrenheit: F, hour: h/hr, mass: m, minute: m/min, Newtons (Force): N, Speed of Light: c, second: s/sec, speed/velocity: v, time/temperature: t, Tesla: T, Volts: V, Watts: W

Ships: Steam Ship: SS, Her/His Majesty’s Ship: HMS

Sport: Professional: Pro

Subjects: Art/s: A, Biology: Bio, Chemistry: Chem, Engineering: Eng, Philosophy: Phil, Science: Sc

Text: circa : c, editor: ed, information: i/info, in charge: ic, plural: pl, reference/referee: ref, refers to/with reference to: re, slang: sl, spelling: sp, very: v,

Titles: Bachelor: B, Doctor: Dr/DPhil/PhD, Knight: Sir, Master: M, Missis/Missus/Mistress: Mrs, Mister: Mr, Professor: Prof, Saint: St

Vehicle Licence Plate Country Codes: France: F, Germany: D, Italy: I, Switzerland: Ch, UK: GB

Weights and Measures: gram: g, metre: m, pound: lb, stone: st, ton/tonne: t