Like a fox
Is it "clever" or "sly". This ones for money guys
The short answer is "yes," it is "'clever' or 'sly.'" Webster's leans more towards "clever," but adds "crafty." The truth is that it's simply "smart," and that can be "shrewd," "clever," "sly," "crafty," "intelligent," "mentally apt," etc., etc., with little distinction.
Lewis Joplin II
CRAZY (DUMB, SLY) LIKE A FOX - "Smart and resourceful. The fox has been celebrated for centuries as a crafty animal. Its wiles were remarked in the 'Trinity College Homilies,' dating from about 1200. S.J. Perelman made one of those phrases (Crazy Like a Fox) the title of a book in 1944." From the "The Dictionary of Cliches" by James Rogers (Ballantine Books, New York, 1985).

Lewis Joplin II
Here's a good definition:

"Apparently crazy, but with far more method than madness. Said, e.g., of someone engaged in seemingly hare-brained speculations that turn out very profitably..." From "Dictionary of Catchphrases" by Eric Partridge, updated by Paul Beale (Scarborough House, Lanham, Md., 1992).

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