Christmas Cryptics

Posted by: Pandora

Christmas Cryptics - 12/20/12 11:55 AM

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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)

Posted by: Cue

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/20/12 12:36 PM

12. belles bells (homonyms)
wave12
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/20/12 01:08 PM

Ding ding ding! wave12
Posted by: bermag45

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/20/12 01:41 PM

1. Shelve (answer within the clue) = delay wave12 thumbsup12

Bernie monky
Posted by: manxman

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/20/12 01:42 PM

2. noggin smile12
nog+gin
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/20/12 01:44 PM

Good solves! presents12
Posted by: CCbomber

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/20/12 02:20 PM

14. Prophetic signs: gold, frankincense, and myrrh (8)

auspices smile12

Prophetic signs = auspices
gold = au
frankincence and myrrh = spices
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/20/12 03:18 PM

Good one, CCb! happydance12
Posted by: Sondi

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/20/12 04:33 PM

8. Brushed back top of the benches in church (5)

swept - brushed

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

wave12
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/20/12 05:11 PM

Good solve, Sondi! wave12
Posted by: manxman

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/20/12 06:49 PM

5. atheists smile12
at heists
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/20/12 06:55 PM

Well solved, manxman! smile12
Posted by: Koala

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/20/12 09:51 PM

10. Good man eats little candy (5)

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

laugh
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/20/12 10:45 PM

Clever Koala! smile12
Posted by: Sondi

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/21/12 12:41 PM

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


wave12
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/21/12 01:13 PM

Yes, Sondi! wave12
Posted by: CCbomber

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/21/12 02:07 PM

13. Elves dancing at end of the tube (6)

sleeve smile12

Elves dancing = sleev (dancing = anag ind)
end of the = e
tube = sleeve
Posted by: manxman

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/21/12 02:23 PM

4. extra (hidden word)
direct=to boot
stocking==container indicator smile12
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/21/12 03:31 PM

Excellent solves! smile12
Posted by: Lex

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/22/12 04:07 AM

6. Admission = entry - ad (notice) + mission (religious building)

(struggling to participate via Kindle...)
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/22/12 08:02 AM

Yay for your Kindle! Good answer, Lex. smile12
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/22/12 12:11 PM

9. nonpareil holidays

no + npareil (praline cooked)
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/22/12 01:50 PM

Yes, Sherlock! presents12
Posted by: manxman

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/22/12 04:46 PM

15. anthem think wave12
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/22/12 09:59 PM

Yes! One = an, group of strangers = them. wave12
Posted by: CanukDenis

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/22/12 10:32 PM

7. Stoop over and adjust stocking (7)

oVER AND Adjust ; stoop = veranda
stocking = indicator, like to stock in ?
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/23/12 07:57 AM

You got it, Denis! smile12

"over and adjust" is stocking the direct
Posted by: Sherlock

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/23/12 11:14 AM

3. doIng bravo12
Posted by: Pandora

Re: Christmas Cryptics - 12/23/12 02:23 PM

You did it! I had "going", but they both work. bravo12