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NTSPP – 046

Not the Saturday Prize Puzzle – 046

A Christmas Special by Prolixic

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Foreword

Welcome to the forty sixth in our series of weekly puzzles.

Prolixic has prepared a special Christmas puzzle – enjoy!

The puzzle

A Christmas Special by Prolixic

There is an interactive version of the puzzle here.

If you prefer your puzzles on paper, a pdf of the puzzle an be downloaded from the interactive version.

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8 Minister’s break down after drinking wine (6) 1 Festive fare – half-hearted mouse eats mushroom (5,3)
9 Everyone’s appearing in Christmas show (8) 2 Robin maybe has time for good season (6)
10 Recollected secret of no tax (4-4) 3 Order free spirit, not good for oxides (8)
11 Repeatedly leading the French giving chilling evidence (6) 4 Member returns in heartless prank as a seasonal messenger (7)
12 Your life’s meaning (6) 5 Win after a pub leaves room (6)
13 Christ’s texting Spanish waiter (8) 6 Ex-soldier returns drug-free with daughter having intimate meal (2,6)
14 Heifer’s therapy is the most effective (7) 7 Botanical structures found in teasel perhaps (6)
16 Robin Goodfellow’s kind and beautiful – that is to say, special (7) 15 Lout’s a weed when being raised we are told (8)
20 Ignatius perhaps called back about pilgrim (8) 17 Orchestra’s leader quits. Nice for him to get a chorus of praise (8)
23 Sinister person’s story in English paper – on the contrary! (6) 18 Gift day (8)
25 Tangy cheese included from an organic source (6) 19 Go near terribly old food additive (7)
26 Marauder in west coast city shot first in place of execution (8) 21 Exceptional worker’s virus (6)
27 African animal was nearly slaughtered (8) 22 Record of Van Morrison’s heard by shepherds? (6)
28 Sing big-note regularly with me (6) 24 Snowman’s young embraces big teddy’s head (6)

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