Posted by neildubya on January 16th, 2008
A man notices a blonde sucking on the bottom of a Coke can. Curious, he asks her what she’s doing. “Duh! It says for best taste drink by date on the bottom.”
9 <<left out on purpose>> – simple cryptic definition (too simple?)
10 (r)OAST <<thanks to Paul for the correction>>
11 ORDER PAPER – Used in the UK Parliament (PREPAREDOR)*
15 PALER-MO : Doctor is M.O, “more anaemic” is paler – thank heavens, the only thing I know about Sicily is there is a town called Palermo.
17 R-ECEIP-T : That’s “piece” reversed between R(uns) and T(ime)
20 MAKE ONES PRESENCE FELT : Not entirely convinced I’ve grasped the full meaning here <<“make ones present svelte” according to Rulei>>
22 DI(TH)ER : Wings of thrush =”th” is inspired
25 <<left out of purpose>> – simple sound-alike
1 C-O-C-ACOL-A : clue of the month for me. Reading backwards we have A LOCA(l) with C(aught) O(ld) and C(onservative). It rots your teeth. Oh yes it does.
3 SH-TOOK – <<Thanks to Paul for saving me>>
5 A-PERT-URE : Runner-up in the Clue of the Month competition : “pert” is “fresh” (sort of) and Ure is a river
6 HARAS-S(MEN)T : “sarah” backwards
7 U-N(W)ELL : Little Nell from Dickens : reference to the play “Jeffrey Bernard is Unwell”
13 ELEVE(N PL-U)S – we’ve had this one a few times recently : “Eleves” is French for students, “Nepal regularly” is “N.P.L” and U for University. Must be something about the alternating letter E’s that makes it beloved of compilers.
16 M(AN-BO)OBS – As a middle-aged man of girth, this made me smile
22 DOM-IN-O – i.e “MOD” reversed
24 PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER – trad. joke. Now we all know what Paul got in his Christmas cracker.