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Christmas Puzzle 2019

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

This, the 29th 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 26 January 2020.

Gordon has posted Puzzles to those on distribution list, so these should be received in the next few days. 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.

All the money you donate, except for the prize-money, will go to charity.

Any corrections will be posted to the blog and to the corrections page.

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December 9, 2019, Rose says:

Have I missed something or is this year's puzzle much easier than in previous years?

December 10, 2019, Mrs Marian Stringer says:

We are enjoying your Whodunnit puzzle but I would be very grateful if you would confirm that the number of dashes for 34a (olive) is correct Many thanks Marian.

December 11, 2019, Gordon Gray says:

I'm happy with 34a as clued.

December 11, 2019, KEITH SIMMONDS says:

Great puzzle, Gordon! Just one question: are there two possible spellings for 12a? Thank you!

December 15, 2019, Elizabeth Price says:

Chambers gives 2 slightly different words for 32A - presumably you wil accept either?

December 16, 2019, Elizabeth Gurteen says:

no 31. should it be - -RYO - - - - really enjoying the puzzle thank you

December 18, 2019, M Nash says:

Are the puzzles from previous years available for download? Thanks

December 20, 2019, Alex Cornock says:

Great puzzle. I have 7 answers, proper names that do not have a definition in my Chambers. Have I gone wrong? Can supply numbers if this does not give away clues Regards Alex

December 20, 2019, Gordon Gray says:

Hello Alex and others I believe you are correct - there are 7 proper nouns that don't have a definition in Chambers. My apologies to everyone.

December 21, 2019, Alex Cornock says:

Thanks Gordon

December 21, 2019, Alex Cornock says:

Thanks Gordon

January 2, 2020, John Whitehead says:

Gordon are you happy with 23c? I suggest that the clue implies an answer of a verb in the past tense rather than a noun..

January 2, 2020, Gordon Gray says:

Hello John. Yes, I am happy and not aware of any problem with 23c.

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