The Charity Christmas Puzzle, set by Gordon Gray to raise money for charity, since 1991.
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Christmas Puzzle 2008 - Theirs not to reason why

Christmas PuzzleThis year's annual Charity Christmas Puzzle has now been posted, and is available to download.

This, the 18th annual Puzzle that Gordon Gray has set, has a theme designed to help completion and will appeal to people who enjoy doing Crossword puzzles, such as in the Daily Telegraph (though it is not a Crossword puzzle). Puzzlers have plenty of time to find the answers and Puzzles should be returned, with donation, by 25 January 2009.

Gordon posted Puzzles on 5 December, so those already on the distribution list should receive their copies by 10 December. Anyone else who would like a copy of the Puzzle can access it from the web at Alternatively puzzles can be collected from St Mary's Eaton Bray.

Over £27,500 raised for charity
Over £3,000 donated in each of the last four years

This year's puzzle will support six charities Child Brain Injury Trust, Dunstable & District Disabled Sports, Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Museum, St Woolos Cathedral Rescue Appeal, Stafford & Stone Talking Newspaper, Tread the Boards.

December 8, 2008 | Permalink | Comment

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December 8, 2008, Liz says:

Is there a mistake in the first word for Q10 i.e. should it read "---lin-" (one more blank at the beginning)?

December 8, 2008, Gordon Gray says:

You wouldn't believe how hard I try to make sure there are no errors. I dread this morning when everyone first gets to check on my accuracy. I can't beleieve I have made such a basic mistake - and yes, 10A should be clued as _ _ _ LIN _

December 20, 2008, Liz says:

I've completed the entire puzzle apart from the first word! I'm perplexed because the only sensible word that fits (and of course I have the initial letter) is not defined in Chambers exactly as per the question.

February 12, 2009, diana platts says:

I agree with Liz about the definition for the 1st clue.
This morning I received my marked entry and was a bit peeved to find that I'd missed the Holy Grail of full marks by only 1 this year; and even more peeved when I saw Gordon's comment on the offending word: "encopresis" is certainly in my 10th edition of Chambers (page 493, top of 2nd column). I don't mind at all about not being in the winners' draw, but I would like my Roll of Honour entry amended! In case this sounds like a rant, please believe me when I say that the Christmas Puzzle is definitely one of the highlights of my year, and I can't wait till the next one. Keep up the good work!
Diana Platts

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