In the article 5 Ordinary Words with Obscure Meanings in Cryptic Crosswords, we went through a few everyday words that crossword setters love to use for their less-known meanings. Here is an extension to the set.
'Corporation' means a paunch or potbelly. You'll often find the word on the clue's surface invoking its legal entity sense, leading to a word like TUM in the solution.
Times 25223: Men on short time engaged in work with corporation (6) PORTLY
OR (men) T (short time), in PLY (work); definition: with corporation
"No man is an island", said John Donne - but he had not accounted for cryptic crosswords. 'Man' can well be an island when the word is used as a definition-by-example for Isle Of Man, an island in the Irish Sea.
Times 25282: Man, for example, losing head, with repeated hesitation — bad speaker? (9) SLANDERER
ISLAND (Man, for example) – I + ER ER (repeated hesitation); definition: bad speaker
When using 'man' with reference to the isle, the setter would play a trick as above (i.e. starting the clue with that word) to draw attention away from its capitalized initial.
'No' is a variant spelling of 'Noh', a classic theatre in Japan.
FT 13965 (Loroso): Filmmaker's pitch, not for Japanese drama (9) TARANTINO
TAR (pitch) ANTI (not for) NO (Japanese drama); definition: filmmaker
'Pants' is slang for dreadful/rubbish. And so it can function as anagram indicator.
Guardian 26016 (Arachne): Hot pants, more or less clean (10) THOROUGHLY
(HOT)* ROUGHLY (more or less); definition: clean
'See' can mean something worlds apart from 'look', and its past tense is not far behind. 'Saw', when used as a noun, isn't only a cutting tool. It is also a maxim or proverb.
FT 14189 (Crux): Saw dog get tangled in lead (7) PROVERB
ROVER (dog) in Pb (chemical symbol for lead); definition: saw
Guardian 26080 (Paul): Saw around soft fold in limb (9) A________
Times 24498: New plaque encapsulating a northern corporation's breakthrough (7,4) __A____ L___
FT 14423 (Bradman): Man maybe at the end of a passage (5) __S__
Guardian 25960 (Paul): Wear thin pants, exposing one's private parts (2,3,3) __ ___ R__
Times 25574: Frequently abridged, absorbing drama, worth seeing (2,4) __ __T_
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