6 bears
3 cucumbers
2 winks
2 birds
5 sheets
3 judges
2 bones
2 dogs
3 houses
4 feathers
1 rake
3 posts
4 daisies
3 razors
1 bat
3 lords
4 pancakes
2 boards
3 peacocks
5 whistles

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    $\begingroup$ Looks like a perfectly normal shopping list to me ... $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Commented Feb 3, 2020 at 0:03
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    $\begingroup$ @msh210 You only bought whistles? What about the bells? $\endgroup$
    – Avi
    Commented Feb 3, 2020 at 0:52
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    $\begingroup$ @Avi, hey, at least I have as many bones as I do dogs. $\endgroup$
    – msh210
    Commented Feb 3, 2020 at 8:51

1 Answer 1


Well, I thank you for the compliment:


The list comprises:

Objects/creatures/people that appear in common 'as adjective as a noun' idioms:

As hungrY as a bear
As coOl as a cucumber
As qUick as a wink
As fRee as a bird
As whitE as a sheet
As soBer as a judge
As dRy as a bone
As sIck as a dog
As biG as a house
As ligHt as a feather
As Thin as a rake
As deAf as a post
As freSh as a daisy
As shArp as a razor
As Blind as a bat
As drUnk as a lord
As flaT as a pancake
As sTiff as a board
As prOud as a peacock
As cleaN as a whistle


Reading the letter in the newly discovered adjective that occupies the position indicated by the corresponding number in the shopping list, we find the hidden message: YOU'RE BRIGHT AS A BUTTON!


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