On one of my pages, I have the following text:
If a tie occurs, the tie is broken as follows: Spicy beats Dry beats Sweet beats Bitter beats Sour, and Spicy beats Sour.
This text explains how ties are broken, for example, Spicy wins over Dry, and Dry wins over Sweet.
Is it good style or usage to chain each item with "beats" this way? It's not mentioned in Garner's Modern American Usage or in Pocket Fowler's, as far as I can tell. Does the chaining of "beats" make the text confusing or otherwise not ideal?
I'm also interested in learning the origin of this form, "X beats Y beats Z", which is a so-called "anti-grammatical" form. When did it start? Why did writers use this form rather than "X beats Y, which beats Z"? Is this form mentioned in any reference works?
Here are some examples I've just found: