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.


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...


That can certainly be dreadful, but good luck!

  • $\begingroup$ 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
  • $\begingroup$ 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

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:

"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".

  • $\begingroup$ It is, indeed! +1 $\endgroup$ – Soha Farhin Pine May 22 '18 at 14:18

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

"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

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

The shared characters are OR

Crows go gently down the stream.

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

The shared characters are ROW


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'

  • $\begingroup$ 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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