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Transcribed for convenience

By ear
Confront aggressively
Flat ground
Going for
Miniature statue
Natural sugar
Rich cakes
Taking without permission
Type of enzyme

bell sound
bodily fluid
crockery item
not poetry
sea parter

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  • $\begingroup$ Are we supposed to be able to tell by looking at the images in the middle what they show? It seems reasonably clear what the first and fourth are, but the two middle ones are not so easy to make out... $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Feb 3, 2017 at 17:09
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan If you have the theme you can probably tell what they're meant to represent, but to make things easier I've linked to the original images now. $\endgroup$
    – Sp3000
    Feb 3, 2017 at 21:55
  • $\begingroup$ I've also just added a visual clue and made two of the clues fairer ("sharp sound" -> "bell sound", "Doing this is a crime" -> "Taking without permission"). $\endgroup$
    – Sp3000
    Feb 3, 2017 at 22:52
  • $\begingroup$ Doesn't change my guess at the latter, does for the former :-). $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Feb 3, 2017 at 23:42

1 Answer 1


The pictures are

different types of leaves: fig leaves, tea leaves, gold leaves, and cos (lettuce) leaves.

This leads to the wordplay that

for each of the words on the top, "FIG", "TEA", "AU" (gold), or "COS" can "leave" the word to become a synonym of one of the words below. In addition, the number of pages behind each picture tells us how many words that picture applies to.

Upon doing that, we get

By ear = (AU)RALLY -> RALLY = gather
Confront aggresively = AC(COS)T -> ACT = law
Flat ground = PLATE(AU) -> PLATE = crockery item
Going for = (COS)TING -> TING = bell sound
Miniature statue = (FIG)URINE -> URINE = bodily fluid
Natural sugar = GLU(COS)E -> GLUE = paste
Rich cakes = GATE(AU)S -> GATES = doors
Taking without permission = S(TEA)LING -> SLING = throw
Enzymes = PRO(TEA)SE -> PROSE = not poetry
Universes = (COS)MOSES -> MOSES = sea parter

Now, notice that each picture has a number on it. If we

take them as indicies into the reduced words each picture applies to, and arrange the resulting letters in the order of the grid, we get

Now, if we look the name up, we find that

she is the author of the book, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, the final answer, which appropriately includes a similar pun on "leaves" as the one in the puzzle itself (and clued by the title "Turning over a new page", or equivalently turning a leaf of a book).

  • $\begingroup$ Right about everything, including the title :) $\endgroup$
    – Sp3000
    Feb 12, 2017 at 4:41

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