# Why is this the cause of the dread brewing in my stomach?

### 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...

EXAMINATIONS START TOMORROW

That can certainly be dreadful, but good luck!

• Not quite. The answer is the other way around. May 22, 2018 at 15:15
• @SohaFarhinPine: Ah yes, it sounds better that way. May 22, 2018 at 15:17
• @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. May 22, 2018 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:

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".

• It is, indeed! +1 May 22, 2018 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

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