if you cross butter, flour, and a wooly jumper [cross]

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Hi,

I am watching "The Great British Bake off" and there is a line that I don't understand.
In a scene, the MC says to the other MC "what do you get if you cross butter, flour, a crime scene and a woolly jumper. It is a Danish pastry"
I don't understand this context.
Is this a joke?
Would someone explain please?

Thank you!
 
  • Uncle Jack

    Senior Member
    British English
    It is a joke (which I fail to understand, by the way). "Cross" is used in the way that animal breeders use it. You cross a labrador retriever with a poodle to get a labradoodle, for instance.
     

    sound shift

    Senior Member
    English - England
    The heroine of the Danish television crime series "The Killing", a drama that brought 'Scandi Noir' to a wide-ish audience in the UK, wore a Fair Isle jumper pretty well all the time - hence the jumper and the crime scene. It's too much of an "in" joke, especially as the series finished several years ago now.
     

    Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    It's a variation of a traditional joke form, "What do you get if you cross X with Y?", or "If you mate X with Y what sort of offspring results?"

    Q. What do you get if you cross a sheep with a kangaroo?
    A. A woolly jumper!

    Q. What do you get if you cross a rabbit with a kangaroo?
    A. Great big holes all over Australia!

    Q.What do you get if you cross a crocodile with a flower?
    A. I don't know but I'm not going to smell it!
     

    RM1(SS)

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    English - US (Midwest)
    Another variation was often heard on the old TV show Hee Haw.
    A: I crossed an X with a Y.
    B: What did you get?
    A: A Z.

    The only actual example I can remember, alas:
    "I crossed a river with a leaky rowboat."
    "What did you get?"
    "A pocket full of catfish."
     
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