"... but was struggling to work out what the rest was although to me the aniseed/medicinal connection isn't obvious."
Nor to me. When I saw how it worked I remembered that it was medicinal, but it didn't have that delightful moment of clicking.
Spot the well-known phrase or saying...
#3 "calf", quite cute and
And thanks, BigCol -- Saturday again!
On a roll here:
(Any Wordle fans here?)
Think we need a hint for #4.
I'm thinking it's an anagram of "handouts" and something Thursday related, usual abbreviation is "Thu" which has too many letters.
As the yoof of today text: U is close bruv...