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Puzzles and Solutions - December 2022

Down

  • 1 Fruit of mother and child (6)
  • 2 Where red wall seats are thrown into disarray, not won (5)
  • 3 Losing moisture, losing your footing & fading away (5)
  • 4 Any confusion with second refusals? (4)
  • 5 He famously laughs hysterically - ha! - all around the capital of Japan (5)
  • 6 Quietly in black and white? That's how eleven performed in Christmas carol (5)
  • 8 See 1 Across
  • 12 Previous partner uses up get-out options (6)
  • 14 See 1 Across
  • 15 Pound of pork for me, right? (6)
  • 17 Catch what's remaining after all deductions (3)
  • 19 Use it to carry him over Derbyshire's peaks (3)
  • 22 Bighead's just clever (6)
  • 23 One good toilet for property up North (5)
  • 24 Comfort gets close to full support (5)
  • 26 Private meal but no starter (5)
  • 27 The opening ceremony is hackneyed (5)
  • 29 A bit of matrimonial decoration (4)

Across

  • 1/9/13/14/8/18/31 Seasonal lyrics of eight harsh holy men dining on gingerbread, revelling in nuts (4,4,7,2,4,2,6,3,5,3,7)
  • 5 Trendy joint (3)
  • 7 Keep dropping a pen (3)
  • 9 See 1
  • 10 Assist the man with laptop case (4)
  • 11 How many swans a-swimming? Five observed outside! (5)
  • 13 See 1
  • 16 Group that's prohibited on the radio (4)
  • 18 See 1
  • 19 Oh well! He only had us making introductions (2-3)
  • 20 Wholly against books grant (5)
  • 21 Runner is spotted in westbound stampede (3)
  • 23 Suggestion: assistant head should move to the Far East (4)
  • 25 Nun disguised in bloomers is terrified (6)
  • 28 Head off after a former serviceman embracing redhead (5)
  • 30 Waste is picked up from toilets reportedly (4)
  • 31 See 1
  • 32 Sweden-Denmark features the ultimate goal (3)
  • 33 Decapitated bird hatches another (3)
  • 34 Greet men going crazy and coming out (8)

Posted in puzzles on Dec 01, 2022