# Cryptic Rebuses Go Meta

At the library, cryptic rebuses read a book on self-reference.

If you're unsure how cryptic rebuses work, you may want to check out this primer.

*I don't own any of the images from which I drew in making these puzzles. Where possible I tried to use public domain images. I believe I may be using the rest in accordance with fair use.

• ^vote already for the tastefully depicted fractal
– humn
Jan 18, 2017 at 15:59
• @humn, hilarious edit Jan 18, 2017 at 16:07

1 (found by Ankoganit):

2 (found by M Oehm, conjectural but probably right):

symbols = cymbals heard, "heard" being clued by a herd

3:

play within a play (note: this device is in fact used in both the specific plays appearing in the rebus)

4:

rebus = (rex-x) + "sub" backwards (a sub is an under-water vehicle)

5 (found by Neil W):

nest = N + E + S + first letter of "to"

6:

Droste phenomenon ("droste" = "sorted" sorted)

7:

braid = br/aid.

8:

knot = k + "not" backwards (because 2000 lbs = a ton)

9:

breaking the fourth wall

Perhaps 10 might be

just "square" (because the number displayed is a square, and it is displayed within a square box)?

11 (found by Ankoganit):

M C Escher (MC + anag of "cheers")

12 (found by Ankoganit):

strange loop (anag of "poor tangles")

• 11 is probably M C Escher (MC=announcer, cheers wildly(anag.)=Escher). Jan 18, 2017 at 15:27
• Ah, yes. I thought the picture looked familiar. Do you want to make your own answer, or shall I start editing other people's suggestions into mine and possible communitiwikify it? Jan 18, 2017 at 15:28
• Aha, 1 is PAR( rap=knock<)+ADO(fuss)+X(10) Jan 18, 2017 at 15:31
• I'm not exactly starving for rep :-). Jan 18, 2017 at 15:33
• 12 is Strange loop (anag. of poor tangles ; odd+noose) Jan 18, 2017 at 15:36