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#857744 - 12/20/12 11:55 AM Christmas Cryptics
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For those of you who need instructions for cryptic crossword clues, check out this page .

These have all been created by a variety of well-known constructors. There may be one or two that we might question, but they're still fun. Please explain all answers.

-1. Delay some of impish elves (6)
-2. A couple of drinks go to your head? (6)
-3. I will wear bell at work (5)
-4. Next, raise stocking to boot (5)
-5. Nonbelievers at robberies (8)
-6. Notice religious building's entry (9)
-7. Stoop over and adjust stocking (7)
-8. Brushed back top of the benches in church (5)
-9. No cooked praline candy (9)
-10. Good man eats little candy (5)
-11. Chords from harp, leading off with two quintets consumed by urges (9)
-12. Beauties sounding chimes (6)
-13. Elves dancing at end of the tube (6)
-14. Prophetic signs: gold, frankincense, and myrrh (8)
-15. Hymn for one group of strangers? (6)

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#857749 - 12/20/12 12:36 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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12. belles bells (homonyms)
wave12
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#857755 - 12/20/12 01:08 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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Ding ding ding! wave12
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#857762 - 12/20/12 01:41 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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1. Shelve (answer within the clue) = delay wave12 thumbsup12

Bernie monky

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#857763 - 12/20/12 01:42 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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2. noggin smile12
nog+gin
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#857764 - 12/20/12 01:44 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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Good solves! presents12
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#857770 - 12/20/12 02:20 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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14. Prophetic signs: gold, frankincense, and myrrh (8)

auspices smile12

Prophetic signs = auspices
gold = au
frankincence and myrrh = spices

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#857778 - 12/20/12 03:18 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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Good one, CCb! happydance12
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#857799 - 12/20/12 04:33 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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8. Brushed back top of the benches in church (5)

swept - brushed

back - reversal ind. t(op), pews - the benches in church

wave12

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#857802 - 12/20/12 05:11 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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Good solve, Sondi! wave12
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#857811 - 12/20/12 06:49 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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5. atheists smile12
at heists
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#857813 - 12/20/12 06:55 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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Well solved, manxman! smile12
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#857834 - 12/20/12 09:51 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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10. Good man eats little candy (5)

Good man = St. (Saint)
eats = Cont Ind.
little = wee
candy = Sweet(dir)

laugh
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#857839 - 12/20/12 10:45 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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Clever Koala! smile12
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#857963 - 12/21/12 12:41 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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11. Chords from harp, leading off with two quintets consumed by urges (9)

arpeggios - chords

arp - from (h) arp (leading off)
10 - two fives (quintets) (consumed by - container ind.)
eggs - urges


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#857971 - 12/21/12 01:13 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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Yes, Sondi! wave12
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#857990 - 12/21/12 02:07 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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13. Elves dancing at end of the tube (6)

sleeve smile12

Elves dancing = sleev (dancing = anag ind)
end of the = e
tube = sleeve

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#857995 - 12/21/12 02:23 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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4. extra (hidden word)
direct=to boot
stocking==container indicator smile12
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#858009 - 12/21/12 03:31 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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Excellent solves! smile12
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#858092 - 12/22/12 04:07 AM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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6. Admission = entry - ad (notice) + mission (religious building)

(struggling to participate via Kindle...)


Edited by Lex (12/22/12 04:20 AM)
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#858107 - 12/22/12 08:02 AM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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Yay for your Kindle! Good answer, Lex. smile12
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#858158 - 12/22/12 12:11 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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9. nonpareil holidays

no + npareil (praline cooked)
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#858178 - 12/22/12 01:50 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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Yes, Sherlock! presents12
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#858210 - 12/22/12 04:46 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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15. anthem think wave12
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#858259 - 12/22/12 09:59 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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Yes! One = an, group of strangers = them. wave12
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#858265 - 12/22/12 10:32 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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7. Stoop over and adjust stocking (7)

oVER AND Adjust ; stoop = veranda
stocking = indicator, like to stock in ?
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#858314 - 12/23/12 07:57 AM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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You got it, Denis! smile12

"over and adjust" is stocking the direct
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#858351 - 12/23/12 11:14 AM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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3. doIng bravo12
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#858404 - 12/23/12 02:23 PM Re: Christmas Cryptics [Re: Pandora]
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You did it! I had "going", but they both work. bravo12
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