Fridge / Hogfather

Fridge Brilliance

  • Teatime's first appearance hints that he's the perfect person to take out Not-Santa. The very first thing he does on the page? Sneak into someplace undetected through the chimney.
  • When Violet tells Bilious she's a member of Offler's League of Temperence, Susan reasons that it makes sense that Offler's followers would forego alcohol, as crocodiles don't go into bars often. There is a fairly well-known joke about a man walking into a bar with a crocodile under one arm, but considering how it's not a drink that's put in the reptile's mouth, it makes sense that it wouldn't want to go there voluntarily...
  • The not-so-Good King Wencelas whom Death-as-Hogfather confronts is seen forcing a profoundly embarrassed and ashamed woodcutter to accept some Hogswatch charity in the form of the leftovers from his feast. In other words, by "giving" something in a way that causes such distress in the recepient, the king is committing an anti-crime.
  • The Analogy Backfire when Teatime declares himself to be a guard's worst nightmare is framed as a joke, but in hindsight it makes some sense for him to take Teatime literally: that's actually what the tower's defenses are.
  • The boogeyman at the start of the book asks Susan if she's a witch. Susan doesn't give it a name, but she uses textbook Headology to protect her charges. One of the witch books says that if a man thinks that monsters are after him, a psychologist would persuade him that monsters don't exist, and a headologist would give him a large stick and a chair to stand on. Susan knows there's no point in persuading children that monsters don't exist because they know they do, so she taught them that monsters can be defeated.