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PLAY BLIND TOM

Posted by Yuri on July 27, 2006

Dear experts,

1. Could you identify the meaning of PLAY BLIND TOM as in:

Auctions look very much like adults playing blind Tom. Everybody pretend that they are looking for the just price which is already known. The auction is the place where market goods are sold at market prices.

He never could understand this system of playing Blind Tom with the House of Commons ^ especially in a taxing statute.

2. Does this figurative meaning refer to Blind Tom an autistic musical prodigy or to a game in which one player is blind-folded, and tries to catch and identify any one of the others?

Thank you,
Yuri