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What do they have in common?

It’s the beginning of a new future. Discard trivialities and you’ll reach what’s perpetually yet to come.

Tomato and the mouse’s nemesis
Nor is it a connective option that
Crows go gently down the stream.

Another treat

Silencing pastry marks the beginning. (5)

The universally feared

Test and quiz
I'm me.
Countries and republics.

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The first part was solved by hagfy, and the second by Ian MacDonald. The third part is...

Test and quiz = EXAM
I'm me = I
Countries and republics = NATIONS

Which leads me to believe that the answer is...

EXAMINATIONS START TOMORROW

That can certainly be dreadful, but good luck!

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  • $\begingroup$ Not quite. The answer is the other way around. $\endgroup$ – Soha Farhin Pine May 22 '18 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ @SohaFarhinPine: Ah yes, it sounds better that way. $\endgroup$ – gnovice May 22 '18 at 15:17
  • $\begingroup$ Approved! The third part is extremely shitty and for that I apologise---I'm no pro at puzzle making. $\endgroup$ – Soha Farhin Pine May 22 '18 at 15:22
  • $\begingroup$ What do you think of the puzzle overall (regardless of the obvious shittiness of the third part)? $\endgroup$ – Soha Farhin Pine May 22 '18 at 15:27
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    $\begingroup$ @SohaFarhinPine: The third part wasn't bad. It took the longest to solve after all, so it must have been more challenging. ;) Overall, a nice mix of different puzzle types. $\endgroup$ – gnovice May 22 '18 at 15:32
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I'm not sure how this fits, so I'm going to go ahead and tag #partialanswer here.

Silencing pastry marks the beginning. (5)

Could be:

Start
"Tart" is a pastry and the universal "be quiet" sound uttered by librarians the English-speaking-world-over ("shh") might be compressed as "s". With "start" obviously marking "the beginning".

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  • $\begingroup$ It is, indeed! +1 $\endgroup$ – Soha Farhin Pine May 22 '18 at 14:18
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Partial answer (first part) -

--Edited in an attempt to further clarify my thought process--

Each line has two parts: a word and a clue. We're grabbing the common characters between the two

Tomato and the mouse’s nemesis

Tomato
"the mouses's nemesis" - Jerry (the antagonistic mouse) considers Tom (the cat) his nemesis

The shared characters are TOM

Nor is it a connective option that

Nor
"a connective option" - or is a conjunction that has common letters with 'Nor'

The shared characters are OR

Crows go gently down the stream.

Crows
"gently down the stream" - I think of row, row, rowing a boat

The shared characters are ROW

Answer:

Put them all together and you get TOMORROW
Tomorrow is the next day and therefore begins the future
'Tomorrow' never actually comes, it is always 'Today'

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  • $\begingroup$ Kudos! This was the main part and I hope the most fun one too! $\endgroup$ – Soha Farhin Pine May 22 '18 at 15:40
  • $\begingroup$ @SohaFarhinPine I can't say whether I enjoyed it more than the ones who solved the other parts, but it was definitely more fun than taking a test! =D I thought it was very clever, and I like the variety in the types of clues. Thank you for the puzzle, and best of luck to you! $\endgroup$ – hagfy May 22 '18 at 17:49
  • $\begingroup$ Aww...thanks! I never have put much effort into making my puzzles, but surprisingly they always do manage to get a decent reception at the least. $\endgroup$ – Soha Farhin Pine May 22 '18 at 17:55
  • $\begingroup$ Could you check out this question of mine: writing.stackexchange.com/questions/35121/…. It's on Writing SE. $\endgroup$ – Soha Farhin Pine May 22 '18 at 18:05
  • $\begingroup$ Okay how did you get the "and or" from the "connecting option that"? $\endgroup$ – htmlcoderexe May 23 '18 at 8:20

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