Jodi/Blooming Writer is the randomly-chosen winner of the Nichols compilation; I think she’ll enjoy it. The “contest” part of this was really unwinnable. You’ll be surprised by the correct answers.
…it reminds me of a clump of laurels on which someone has hung the weekly washing referred to DATURA.
… as embarrassing as a middle-aged lady standing on the steps of a provincial town hall, disguised as Cleopatra for the annual fancy dress ball at the Rotary Club referred to PAMPAS GRASS (in the middle of a lawn).
…gaunt, gawky, and deliberately deformed by man, with its tortured, amputated limb sticking out in all directions, demanding pity rather than praise referred to HYBRID TEA ROSES (badly pruned).
Congratulations, Jodi, and thanks to all for playing.
We’ll have more giveaways to cheer everyone up during these hard economic times.