Crossword – Thursday 25 April 2019

As we promised, here is our weekly crossword, complete with a word or phrase of the week!

Like last week, today’s crossword comes from ‘The I’ newspaper. We have filled in one or two letters and sometimes whole clues to help you.

There is an interesting phrase in this week’s crossword, the clue is:

12 Across – ‘Miscellaneous items’

and the answer is – ‘odds and ends’.

This is a common phrase used in day to day life. It describes various small items that you might find around the house or office. I think everyone has a drawer in their kitchen or living room which is filled with a variety of small things (string, sellotape, elastic bands, pens, nails, screws etc). We call this an ‘odds and ends’ drawer.

uses

As well as the above meaning, the phrase ‘odds and ends’ can also mean small tasks that are unfinished, or little jobs that you have to do:

‘I have a few odds and ends to do in the garden this weekend’.

The meaning is that there are some small things that have to be done (in this case, in the garden), for example mowing the lawn or planting some seeds.

History and etymology

The phrase ‘odds and ends’ is thought to have originated from ‘ords and ends’ which means ‘points and endings’ (in Old High German) or ‘beginnings and endings’ (in Old English).

However, in 1500 ‘odds and ends’ was being used to describe leftover material, such as cloth or wood.

Synonyms

bits and pieces

bits and bobs

odds and sods

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And now….. here is the crossword with the answers.

The I Crossword

Answers to the crossword

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