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10:19 May 25, 2003
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary
English term or phrase: fly-right transformer
Horace passed over the school’s roof and saw three red rubber balls, two Frisbees, five dirty sneakers, fourteen pairs of underwear, and one Lily Deaver Fly-Right Transformer Jet Plane & Egg Beater, which his sister had lost one recess when she’d tossed it too high. What is Fly-Right Transformer Jet Plane? (I guess it’s the name of a toy but what does it mean by “fly-right transformer”?
buttercup
English translation:Fantasy product from children's book
Explanation:
Found the following review of a children's book (which perhaps you are reading?) at the site given:

HORACE SPLATTLY: WHEN 2ND GRADERS ATTACK. Ten-year-old Horace Splattly, otherwise known as the Cupcaked Crusader, must go up against his siter Melody, a loyal member of the Lily Deaver scout troop and owner of a Lily Deaver oven, when someone unleashes a dastardly scheme to destroy every restaurant, food store, and snack shack with gravy bombs in the name of Lily Deaver.

From which I conclude (without having read the book) that Lily Deaver, the scout troop leader, is an inventor of all sorts of fantastic toys, kitchen equipment, combinations of the two and who knows what else? So you will probably search in vain for any real "Lily Deaver Fly-Right Transformer Jet Plane & Egg Beater".

She sounds rather like Professor Branestawm, the hero of a series of books I read when I was a child.

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Note added at 2003-05-25 11:09:22 (GMT)
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For siter read sister (website\'s typo, not mine)

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Note added at 2003-05-25 14:13:43 (GMT)
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Trying to find out if there is really such a thing as a transformer jet plane, I discovered
www.geocities.com/akomix/pics.html
where someone has created 3-D graphics of what he calls a Transformer Plane. He doesn\'t explain, but it appears to be an aircraft with retractable wings, possibly a form of space shuttle.
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Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:33
Grading comment
thank you very much indeed
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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4 +10Fantasy product from children's book
Jack Doughty


  

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38 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +10
Fantasy product from children's book


Explanation:
Found the following review of a children's book (which perhaps you are reading?) at the site given:

HORACE SPLATTLY: WHEN 2ND GRADERS ATTACK. Ten-year-old Horace Splattly, otherwise known as the Cupcaked Crusader, must go up against his siter Melody, a loyal member of the Lily Deaver scout troop and owner of a Lily Deaver oven, when someone unleashes a dastardly scheme to destroy every restaurant, food store, and snack shack with gravy bombs in the name of Lily Deaver.

From which I conclude (without having read the book) that Lily Deaver, the scout troop leader, is an inventor of all sorts of fantastic toys, kitchen equipment, combinations of the two and who knows what else? So you will probably search in vain for any real "Lily Deaver Fly-Right Transformer Jet Plane & Egg Beater".

She sounds rather like Professor Branestawm, the hero of a series of books I read when I was a child.

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Note added at 2003-05-25 11:09:22 (GMT)
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For siter read sister (website\'s typo, not mine)

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Note added at 2003-05-25 14:13:43 (GMT)
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Trying to find out if there is really such a thing as a transformer jet plane, I discovered
www.geocities.com/akomix/pics.html
where someone has created 3-D graphics of what he calls a Transformer Plane. He doesn\'t explain, but it appears to be an aircraft with retractable wings, possibly a form of space shuttle.


    Reference: http://www.weblibrary.org/kids/jbibfantasy.html
Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 08:33
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 4106
Grading comment
thank you very much indeed

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Rowan Morrell: Looks like you've hit the nail on the head!
8 mins
  -> Thank you. But I wouldn't want to do that with a Lily Deaver Hammer!

agree  airmailrpl
16 mins

agree  DGK T-I: and thank you for bringing back the happy memory of Professor Branestawm
28 mins
  -> Thank you! I am surprised you have heard of him. Norman Hunter's Professor Branestawm books are still in print and can be purchased from Amazon.

agree  Terry Burgess: Hopefully, it won't ever have to make a forced landing into the cheesy-doodle!:-). Fond regards, Jack.
42 mins
  -> With its egg-beater attachment, it could probably manage even that.

agree  J. Leo
52 mins

agree  Marie Scarano
1 hr

agree  xxxIno66
1 hr

agree  Maria-Jose Pastor: nice job!
3 hrs
  -> Thank you.

agree  Sarah Ponting: I'd quite forgotten about Prof. Branestawm...
20 hrs
  -> There were only two Prof. Branestawm books when I read them (in WW2), but several more were written later, as I discovered when I introduced my children to them.

agree  xxxwendyzee
20 hrs
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