I pulled out 4D Japanese watch brand: SEIKO because I have picked up watch repair as a hobby. I have been gravitating toward Citizen and Seiko that I can get for not that much and then work on them. Recently I bought two used Seiko watches that looked great in the pictures. They were described as not functioning, though that can just mean needs a battery. I opened one of them up and saw that the battery had leaked.
The leak got into the movement, so it seized. Yes, it turned a Seiko into a seizedko. I researched the Seiko 8123 movement (coincidentally I finished this puzzle in 18:32) to see how I could do a straight swap. But they no longer make the 8123 movement. I kept looking and found two possible replacements. The Seiko 7N43 movement is the same size and has one jewel, compared to the 8123’s five jewels. The 7N43 also has SAB/SAT in blue like the 8123 has. But then there’s the Hattori VX43 that has zero jewels and doesn’t have the SAB/SAT in blue. For cheaper the 7N43, I got a busted watch that has a 7N43 movement. There was an inscription on the back of the watch: “CHARLES STANLEY MARSHALL GOD’S SAINTLEY [sic] GIFT TO ALL HE MEETS.” I’m waiting for the battery to arrive, but if it doesn’t, I’ll replace the movement with a VX43.
I pulled out 18A Scorpion, for one: ARACHNIDS because I hadn’t realized that scorpions are arachnids. I had thought that scorpions only have six legs.
But as is clear from this picture, scorpions have eight legs. Wow is that an ugly animal.
The title of this puzzle is Turns of Phrase.
21A Artists sketching pectorals?: DRAWERSOFCHESTS. 33A Vow to remain mum about hotel guests’ secrets?: HONOROFMAIDS. 52A Small distance covered by a naval armada?: FOOTOFFLEET. 73A Boxer lacking a left hook?: MANOFRIGHTS. Extra funny because man of right or mano frights? 89A What brass band music has?: PLENTYOFHORN. 107A Tree feature in winter?: ABSENCEOFLEAVES. 14D What a dog walker and a strong-willed pooch might vie for?: COMMANDOFCHAIN. 45D The Bee Gees’ Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb?: BROTHERSOFBAND.
It’s a turn of phrase of a turn of phrase. You gotta turn the turn of phrase around to get the turn of phrase we know to be the way the phrase is turned.
21A DRAWERSOFCHESTS -> CHESTS OF DRAWERS. 33A HONOROFMAIDES -> MAIDS OF HONOR. 52A FOOTOFFLEET -> FLEET OF FOOT. 73A MANOFRIGHTS -> RIGHTS OF MAN. 89A PLENTYOFHORN -> HORN OF PLENTY (CORNUCOPIA). 107A ABSENCEOFLEAVES -> LEAVES OF ABSENCE. 14D COMMANDOFCHAIN -> CHAIN OF COMMAND. 45D BROTHERSOFBAND -> BAND OF BROTHERS.