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Christmas Crossword

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10 December 2016

9:00 AM

10 December 2016

9:00 AM

99 (five words) and 20 (four words), whose 37 were 61 (two words) and 35D (two words), are seasonal 53 featuring the 78 whose name is formed by two unclued lights. Two unclued lights (of two words each) are the names of the 78’s 68D. In nine clues, cryptic indications omit reference to parts of answers; these parts must be highlighted, to reveal an item suggested by 99. Each of twelve Down clues consists of definitions of two words of different lengths. In seven cases the shorter word (produced when a letter 113 from the longer word) is the entry; in five cases the longer word (made by adding the appropriate letter to the shorter word) is the entry. Numbers in brackets refer to lengths of entries. Each letter that 113 becomes part of an unclued light; this, and a neighbouring word, must be highlighted, to reveal 20’s setting. Ignore an apostrophe in one unclued light.
 

Across

10    Central pair of points in poor taste (10)
17    Gem, back in early raid, tossed in mixture (11, hyphened)
18    Cipher enclosed with poem (6)
23    Colt with mature goal (4)
24    Attitude about current mottoes (6)
25    Hole in the wall chart covered by major, after inevitable order, with hesitation (22, three words)
29    Tablets in section with tissues (6)
31    Easy opening empty net (6)
33    Shrub behind flatter platform (7)
35    Cooked, accepting tip, having pals (8)
38    Wan child in overcoat (7)
39    Soprano breaking off in rocking style (5)
41    Returned in glory to province (5)
42    Publication first to blame fungicide (5)
48    Projection? Trouble about plant (7)
49    Consort in house with curse died (7, two hyphens)
51    Echo, very loud, in pad in city (9)
54    Nothing in rotten adaptation (4)
55    Love music about trees (4)
59    Fish left in westward spot (4)
60    Terribly hot, free from that (7)
63    Space for meals prepared for boat makers (13, hyphened)
65    Hoax with story, wanting a pin (7)
68    Farm, right away, Scots bought (4)
71    Wrong depth for rinsing (4)
72    Clear nonsense, first off (4)
74    Number in working hard soon to be recipients of degrees (9)
76    Member of sect against sloth in area (7)
77    Entirely aluminium fan (7, two words)
83    Time after time expert is silent (5)
85    Iodine in ring turned purple (5)
87    Suppose panto’s ending before long (5)
88    Covering trench in Australia (7)
89    Sheep in isolated plan (8)
90    Mug for instance cheers game (7)
92    Less certain one in dispute forgetting date (6)
96    Take in food I whisk (6)
104    Stranger in ecstasy runs round lake (6)
107    Raging, losing last harvest (4)
109    Stew in special way ignoring rule (6)
110    Write of nearly ruined shoe (11, two words)
111    Angle on pad adjusted within limit (10)
 

Down

1    Sticks around before large drinks (6)
2    Record from book in compound (5)
3    Put away in the attic (3)
4    Foam increases, rising above me (5)
5    Noodle, very good soul (4)
6    New rein on energy for computer (5)
7    Opening commercial appeal (4)
8    Thing that strengthens snake (5)
9    Ducks drink on edges of lakes (5)
10    Hollow fireplace (5)
11    Limp over tee (3)
12    Cheese knife, medium (4)
13    A bull, once poorly, capable of being vaccinated (10)
14    Criminal has money (4)
15    Thin skinless tuna (3)
16    Opening up about amateur principles (10)
19    Top men newly in charge of five units (8)
21    Old lack of order indeed around drain (5)
22    Privilege round court with French king (6)
26    Incident in uniform, tense (5)
27    Sustained round-up (4)
28    Ancient guile still deployed in reasoning (17)
30    Tiresome person using holy lines (4)
32    Size of slates set down (3)
34    So long occupied by grade in past (6)
36    Views sure to support base (4)
39    Spies accepted convenience (6)
40    Drink up during quiet pause (5)
43    Irregularity in airship, not mobile (4)
44    Seat in house destroyed (5)
46    Honour raised with endorsements for virtual volumes (6)
47    Exuberantly following endless bustle, I have to enter city (10)
50    Worker in pub trade securing aim (9)
52    Tea, hot and fragrant, coming up (5)
56    Enough said once in curious essay (5)
57    Not controlled during broadcast? Not good (5)
58    Antelope overturned two tubs (6, hyphened)
62    Recapture alien in scrape (6)
64    Spirit moving the sailor (5)
66    Popular market sequence (6)
67    Endless taste for duty (5)
69    Beauty distracted evil man in charge (10)
70    Wrong pace going north (4)
73    Relic, badly cut rhyme (8)
75    Bluish-grey flap (4)
80    Fine law in contract (4)
81    Rectifies grotesque figures (6)
82    Odd members of house shouting (3)
84    God active around island continent (4)
86    Hurts parts of feet (5)
91    Frames showing rocky sierra (6)
93    Crow and snake on stone (5)
94    Dried berry, solid (5)
95    Share verbal attack (5)
96    Part of face cloth (5)
97    Learner gripped by texture in language (5)
98    Victor in whirl in riotous feast (5)
100    Track lists ignoring covers (4)
101    Little coop rattled (4)
102    Damn legal transaction (4)
103    Indifferent pass (4)
105    Voice lifted in valley (3)
106    Prince with call for attention in ball (3)
108    Cry of sheep born on rock (3)
 
A first prize of £100, three prizes of £25 and six further prizes of Dent’s Modern Tribes by Susie Dent will be awarded for the first correct solutions opened. The first four winners will each also receive a bottle of champagne. Entries to: Christmas crossword, The Spectator, 22 Old Queen Street, London SW1H 9HP by 9 January.


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