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Here's something a bit different from my usual puzzles... How well do you know your idioms?

Solve each of the clues below and from them give me one two word answer for the whole puzzle - with explanations obviously :)

Lack the tools for playing Craps

Not where a train should be perhaps

Attractive to an infant fowl

An iffy cure from beasts that howl

Hungry for what's on your head?

Higher than white condiment

Rotating common furnishing

Squashed into house of seed-like thing

An egg found in a likely place

Retrieve your sheep with longer face

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  • $\begingroup$ Does each line have a two word answer or is a two word answer required after the clues are solved? $\endgroup$ – James Coyle Aug 2 '16 at 11:41
  • $\begingroup$ One two-word answer for the whole puzzle @JamesCoyle :) Edited to try and clarify, $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Aug 2 '16 at 11:47
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'Borrowing' some answers from Jassen and JamesCoyle:

Lack the tools for playing Craps  

No Dice - craps is a dice game, the idiom means 'no chance'

No where a train should be perhaps

Off the rails/Off track

Attractive to an infant fowl  

Chick magnet

An iffy cure from beasts that howl

Hair of the dog

Hungry for what's on your head?

I'll Eat my hat - used as a bet of sorts against something unlikely happening (rarely results in the consumption of headwear)

Higher than white condiment

Above the salt? Not one I'd heard before - high in status, essentially, dating back to when salt was a precious commodity and sat in the middle of the table. Sitting towards the top of the table indicates importance

Rotating common furnishing

Tables have turned

Squashed into house of seed-like thing

In a nutshell

An egg found in a likely place  

Nest egg - refers to saved/invested money

Retrieve your sheep with longer face

Get your goat

Then taking the first letter of each ('Hungry for what's on your head' gives an 'E' here) we get:

No cheating

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  • $\begingroup$ Getting there. +1 $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Aug 2 '16 at 11:32
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    $\begingroup$ @BrentHackers Got there, I think. Interesting puzzle! $\endgroup$ – LogicianWithAHat Aug 2 '16 at 13:18
  • $\begingroup$ You do got it! Well done. $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Aug 2 '16 at 13:21
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    $\begingroup$ I knew it was the first letters! Didn't realize I messed up the order of them in mine so no wonder I was getting nonsense. Well done! $\endgroup$ – James Coyle Aug 2 '16 at 13:41
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Not sure what the final solution is yet but here are the clues:

Lack the tools for playing Craps  

No Dice

No where a train should be perhaps

Off the rails

Attractive to an infant fowl  

Chick magnet

An iffy cure from beasts that howl

Hair of the dog

Hungry for what's on your head?

Eat my hat

Higher than white condiment

Above the salt

Rotating common furnishing

Tables have turned

Squashed into house of seed-like thing

In a nutshell

An egg found in a likely place  

Nest egg

Retrieve your sheep with longer face

A wolf in sheep's clothing Get your goat

Edited to fix the order.

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The solution

No cheating

by taking the first letter of each answer:

Lack the tools for playing Craps  

No dice

No where a train should be perhaps

Off the rails

Attractive to an infant fowl  

Chick magnet

An iffy cure from beasts that howl

Hair of the dog

Hungry for what's on your head?

Eat my hat

Higher than white condiment

Above the salt

Thanks James Coyle (this is not an idiom I have heard before)

Rotating common furnishing

Turn the tables

Squashed into house of seed-like thing

In a nutshell

An egg found in a likely place  

Nest egg

Retrieve your sheep with longer face

Get your goat

Thanks Engineer Toast

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  • $\begingroup$ The word count is for the final answer @Jasen - not the answer to each clue. Edited my question to try and clarify that a bit. +1 $\endgroup$ – Brent Hackers Aug 2 '16 at 11:48

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