A Skelk in the Cake

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The skelk is the Martian equivalent of a rat, and it is particularly agile and nimble because of its six legs.  These pesky rodents are often found in unlikely and unwanted places and the phrase ‘a skelk in the cake’ is likely derived from one or more situations where a skelk was actually found in the cake. This expression, however, has developed to signify any number of unwelcome or inopportune events, much in the same way that an inhabitant of Earth might say that someone has ‘thrown a wrench in the works’.

 

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