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The overall meaning of the following comic book sentence is relatively clear:

Ich muss zugeben, Sie sind um einiges listiger, als ich dachte.

I must admit, you are a lot(?) more cunning than I thought.

For comparatives with um + noun, my grammar book classifies them as describing a definite degree of difference, for example:

Er ist (um) einen Monat jünger als ich.

Assuming that the adjective einig, means either "united" or "agreed", I am not sure what kind of noun einiges is pointing to, with or without ellipsis.

Sources:

  1. Lustiges Taschenbuch - Der Fluch der Hexe,(LTB 538), pg.67
  2. Hammer's German Grammar and Usage - 3rd Edition, Martin Durrell, Arnold 1996, pg. 157
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Your assumption that "einiges" is related to "einig" is wrong.

"Einiges" is not an adjective, but describes an indefinite and "high" number of something (compare duden.de 3rd meaning).

Er ist (um) einen Monat jünger als ich.
Er ist um einiges jünger als ich. (He is a lot younger than I am.)

Your presumed translation from the beginning is therefore correct.

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  • Is there any reason from the context why einig- takes the -es ending? Thanks a lot for your answers, they helped a lot! – Satish Vasan Jun 9 at 6:19
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    @SatishVasan As you can see here it's the ending of Neutrum Nominativ, Genitiv, Akkusativ. – choXer Jun 9 at 7:48

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