HOMOANTONYM

Two words or phrases sound like two other words that are antonyms. For example: ONE = knights, TWO = daze; or, ONE = plane, TWO = fan see. Unlike most flats, homoantonyms need not have bases that are dictionary entries.

HOMOANTONYM (*4, *4)
Born in China, Henry ONE
Quite probably ate rice
And Szechuan dainties. They are fun,
But TWO food’s just as nice.
With Oriental meals the trend’s
To share the fun-it’s couth;
So choose a table, choose your friends.
(Our Henry chose a booth.)
=Nightowl

The solution: ONE= Luce, TWO = Thai (“loose,” “tie” -- as verbs).

Enumerations are given for both parts of the solution (though not for the antonyms they sound like). Both parts of a homoantonym must be spelled differently from the antonyms they sound like. The antonyms are tagged if necessary, even though they don’t themselves appear in the puzzle.

The homoantonym was introduced by Quefanon in September 1938.

 HOMOCONCOMINYM

Two words or phrases sound like two other words or phrases that form a familiar pair. For example: ONE = hied, TWO = hare (“neither hide nor hair”). Unlike most flats, homoconcominyms need not have bases that are dictionary entries.

HOMOCONCOMINYM (4, 4)
Game combined with fish
Is not a dainty dish.
Serve us ONE or TWO,
But ONE-TWO stew eschew.
=Sibyl

The solution: ONE = hart, TWO = sole (“heart and soul”).

 HOMOSYNONYM

Two words or phrases sound like two other words that are synonyms. For example: ONE = rose, TWO = tears (which sound like “rows” and “tiers”). Unlike most flats, homosynonyms need not have bases that are dictionary entries.

HOMOSYNONYM (4, 4)
For a TWO, at the bank I applied.
My papers they checked (eagle-eyed).
“Collateral? None,
Except for my ONE.”
“Oh, go to the devil!” they cried.
=Sal

The solution: ONE = soul, TWO = loan (sole and lone).

Enumerations are given for both parts of the solution (though not for the synonyms they sound like). Both parts of a homosynonym must be spelled differently from the synonyms they sound like. The synonyms should be tagged if necessary, even though they don’t themselves appear in the puzzle.


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