Solution - Vocabulary quiz

by Joanna Cheng, Joseph DeVincentis, and Corey Plover

Answer: Click here to reveal

This puzzle is straightforward: Just answer the clues and extract the indicated letters. But this puzzle takes place in Australia, mate! A "fair go" is a reasonable opportunity, but only there.

  1. The fibromuscular tube that leads into your stomach (6) ESOPHAGUS (A) OESOPHAGUS (H)
  2. Hair that hangs straight down over the forehead (3) BANGS (N) FRINGE (I)
  3. Sometimes elastic straps worn by men instead of a belt (or with one, for redundancy) to hold up their trousers (1) SUSPENDERS (S) BRACES (B)
  4. A small cloth used for drying plates, forks, etc. after you have washed them (7) DISH TOWEL (W) TEA TOWEL (E)
  5. 1000 ccs (4) LITER (E) LITRE (R)
  6. Tiny pieces of rainbow confectionery, used as a topping on baked goods and ice cream (3) SPRINKLES (R) HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS (N)
  7. The chemical ... (8) ACETAMINOPHEN (N) PARACETAMOL (A)
  8. ... and a place where you might buy medicines containing it (7) DRUGSTORE (O) CHEMIST (T)
  9. A small dish served before the main course (5) APPETIZER (T) ENTREE (E)
  10. A small pouch worn attached to a belt (typically behind the body, as its name implies), used for carrying small items (1) FANNY PACK (F) BUM BAG (B)
  11. Scarlet or aquamarine, for example (5) COLOR (R) COLOUR (U)
  12. A scientist who studies blood (6) HEMATOLOGIST (O) HAEMATOLOGIST (T)
  13. A cord swung so that it passes beneath the feet of a person who hops over it in a primarily children's activity; when two of these are used together the activity is called Double Dutch (3) JUMP ROPE (M) SKIPPING ROPE (I)
  14. A small nail with a large, flat head used by hand to fasten papers to a wall or board (6) THUMBTACK (T) DRAWING PIN (N)
  15. School subject including algebra, trig, and calc (4) MATH (H) MATHS (H)
  16. Portable communication devices manufactured by Samsung, Nokia, Apple, and LG (2) CELLS or CELL PHONES (E) MOBILES or MOBILE PHONES (O)
  17. Fuel for automobiles which is lighter than diesel (3) GAS or GASOLINE (S) PETROL (T)
  18. A rail vehicle which runs on tracks embedded in a roadway shared with automobiles, as opposed to grade-separated train tracks (4) STREETCAR (E) TRAM (M)
  19. A flying, winged vehicle (4) AIRPLANE (P) AEROPLANE (O)
  20. A wooden panel that runs along the floor at the bottom of a wall in a house (7) BASEBOARD (A) SKIRTING BOARD (N)
  21. A single residential housing unit in a building which contains many such units (4) APARTMENT (R) FLAT (T)
  22. Sheer hosiery covering all of the body below the waist (4) PANTYHOSE (T) TIGHTS (H)
  23. A children's board game involving lots of climbing and descending (6) CHUTES AND LADDERS (S) SNAKES AND LADDERS (S)

The wrong letters, if you thought like an American, spell ANSWER NOT FROM THESE PARTS, which should help you to understand you need to do something else, if you managed to get this far without already realizing realising this.

The correct extracted letters spell HIBERNATE, BUT IN HOT MONTHS which clues ESTIVATE AESTIVATE, which is the answer.