Hi, The quote is from the story "Quail Seed" by H. H. Munro. What does it mean "have the latest Australian cricket scores ticked off before their eyes" ? Any humor in it? Thank you. tick off(v) : to make angry "The outlook is not encouraging for us smaller businesses," said Mr. Scarrick to the artist and his sister, who had taken rooms over his suburban grocery store. "These big concerns are offering all sorts of attractions to the shopping public which we couldn't afford to imitate, even on a small scale -- reading-rooms and play-rooms and gramophones and Heaven knows what. People don't care to buy half a pound of sugar nowadays unless they can listen to Harry Lauder and have the latest Australian cricket scores ticked off before their eyes.