# Melbourne University Mathematics and Statistics Society

 Solution for 5.3 Obliquely Defined (Answer = REPAIR)

First, we identify the 16 images: ADD-ON, ASKEW, BYLINE, COUNTERTOP, CROSSCOURT, CUPRIC, DEMON, FOREGONE, NERO, POULTRY, PROLATE, ROASTING, SEPIA, SOMEWHERE, SPIKY, XOR.

The trick here is that we can break each word into component homophones, then use synonyms to match said homophones. A complete table is provided here:

 Pic 1 Defn 1 Defn 2 Pic 2 Letters CROSSCOURT CROSS/CAUGHT X/SAW XOR CHAR COUNTERTOP COUNT/ATOP DEEM/ON DEMON COME SOMEWHERE SUM/WEAR ADD/DON ADD-ON HAND BYLINE BY/LINE NEAR/ROW NERO NEAR FOREGONE FOR/GONE PRO/LATE PROLATE NELL SPIKY SPY/QUAY SEE/PIER SEPIA PASS CUPRIC QUEUE/PRICK ROW/STING ROASTING RING ASKEW ASK/YEW POLL/TREE POULTRY SEER

We can repeat this process on the new words (or homophones thereof) using the two additional clued rows:

 LHS Word Defn 1 Defn 2 RHS Word Letters NEARHAND NEAR/HAND COME/PASS COMPASS REAP CHARNEL CHAR/KNELL SEAR/RING SEARING HEIR

Finally, repeating the same process with REAP and HEIR produces the final answer REPAIR.