Constructor's CommentsEnglish is so colorful, brimming with idiomatic terms that often "puzzle" people who are trying to learn it as a second language. Of course, other languages have their own idiomatic terms—for example, in Spanish "encontrar tu media naranja" means literally "to find your half of an orange." But what it really means is to find your true love or, as we might say in English, your better "half."
So, today we explore English phrases that include the word "half." We crossword-making folk are not allowed to use the same word over and over in a puzzle grid, but we can in the clues! But, to make it a little tougher, let's leave the key word out altogether. So, all the HALF phrases in the clues are missing the word HALF. Thankfully, we have a title that helps you figure all that out.
And finally, you perfectionists out there might have picked up on the fact that only four of the five phrases are idiomatic. A FIFTY-CENT PIECE is literally half of a dollar—but then I'm sure many solvers are scratching their heads wondering what a fifty-cent is! Ask your grandma.