H: Apian Patellae (Reader Comments and Addenda)
(6 November 1997)
Apparently I liked the "biking Viking" one so much I needed to list it twice. Oops.
Arthur contributed some more hinks:
Alternate answers for "hink-pink: seafood spread": bream cream, or perhaps ship dip.
- Where to get your fix while you're on shore leave?
- Tar bar. [Or the related "smack shack." JEH]
- A little cream cheese on the wharf.
- Pier schmear.
- It's a dog's face.
- Pug mug.
And a couple of longer items:
- Hinky-pinky: Spelunking slogan.
- Grotto motto.
- Hink-pink-dink: It smells like carpet beetles.
- Rug bug fug.
I know an anecdote about Norman Mailer's use of the word "fug," but I think I'll save it for another time... Anyway, that last one forced me to try my hand at extending the idea ad absurdum:
- hink-pink-dink-bink-gink-nink-frink-jink: a fuss concerning a word puzzle about a ratting lizard who's unusually fond of metallic weasels.
- fink skink/zinc mink kink hink-pink stink!
Arthur added a few less strict items:
- hinky-pinky: "Oh no, Bobby's stuck in the furnace and his parents will be home any minute!"
- au pair nightmare [or perhaps au pair's despair?]
- hinkety-pinkety: A pure thickener.
- absolute arrowroot
- hinketius pinketius: Greek princess.
- sorority authority [And here I thought the answer would involve "Basileia Makhetes"...]
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