Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society

Solution for 2.1 Animal Farm (Answer = PAPER TIGER)

Identify the seven animals. The phrases in the middle also clue seven animal idioms with numbers. We can index into the idiom to get letters:

ClueNumberAnimal IdiomLetter
A lot to do1BUSY BEEB
Colorless one1WHITE ELEPHANTW
Borrowed pair2LOAN SHARKO
Darkest couple2BLACK SHEEPL
Party of four4SOCIAL BUTTERFLYI
Five volunteers5EAGER BEAVERR
Fearful six6SCAREDY CATD

Taking these letters back into the left and right columns, we can produce two new idioms:

LHS AnimalLHS LetterRHS AnimalRHS Letter
SHARKOBEEB
ELEPHANTWBUTTERFLYI
SHEEPLBEAVERR
CATD
NIGHT OWLEARLY BIRD

The highlighted letters anagram to TIGER. We can repeat the process one last time to obtain the final answer PAPER TIGER.

Author's Notes:
Apologies to all of you out there who figured out Tiger but couldn't work out Paper Tiger. Some of my favorites were: EASY TIGER, TIGER MOM and HOT TIGER.