Christmas book, middle torn out (4)
I believe the answer is:
This clue might be a double definition.
'christmas' is the first definition.
(Noel can mean Christmas)
'book middle torn out' is the second definition.
Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I don't understand how one could define the other.
Can you help me to learn more?
(Other definitions for noel that I've seen before include "Sir - - Coward" , "Girl - boy - Christmas" , "Christmastime" , "Lone male name" , "Christmas carol" .)