A little light relief -- memorable cryptic crossword clues

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Re #11:  Well done!  I was struggling with that.  I'd got as far as traffic and a knife-wielding farmer's spouse, but no further.

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Another from the Times a while back;

Owl, might one say, once an opponent of the king? (15)

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It's "parliamentarian" which I thought rather cute, memories of the old 11+ days.

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Please, explain to this thikko.  I can't get the 'Owl bit.

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I pencilled in "parliamentarian", having just read The King's General by Daphne du Maurier.  But the owl bit passed me by.  Apparently, "parliament" is the collective noun for owls.

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A murder of crows, a siege of herons etc.

Is it me or is the Times getting more obscure?  At one time I could always do at least most if but now, well, Thursday just the 6 before resorting to Dan Word etc. "Qua" - by virtue of being?  Ramson - garlic??

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Every Saturday I get a Puzzles summary email from the Times which today included this:

Will post answers (with explanations) tomorrow...

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#18: 5 = Freedom fighter (anag)

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#18: 1 = Riposte -- I post [send] in R(oyal) E(ngineers)

(I'm now well and truly stuck.)

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#3 wages

#4 down in the mouth (1 of the 6 i managed on Thursday)