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.
Another from the Times a while back;
Owl, might one say, once an opponent of the king? (15)
It's "parliamentarian" which I thought rather cute, memories of the old 11+ days.
Please, explain to this thikko. I can't get the 'Owl bit.
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.
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??
Every Saturday I get a Puzzles summary email from the Times which today included this:
Will post answers (with explanations) tomorrow...
#18: 5 = Freedom fighter (anag)
#18: 1 = Riposte -- I post [send] in R(oyal) E(ngineers)
(I'm now well and truly stuck.)
#4 down in the mouth (1 of the 6 i managed on Thursday)