Prize puz­zle!

WIN A FAB­U­LOUS BUN­DLE OF KNIT­TING GOOD­IES FROM MIN­ERVA CRAFTS, WORTH £10 PER PRIZE!

Simply Knitting - - In The Loop -

ACROSS

1 As­sist (7) 5 Frosty The ---, 1969 Christ­mas hit (7) 9 Un­able to re­lax, due to anx­i­ety (5) 10 While --- Watched Their Flocks, carol (9) 11 Ex­tra-ter­res­trial space­ship (1,1,1) 12 Warn of dan­ger (5) 13 As­para­gus shoot (5) 14 --- Beer, Bri­tish TV

pre­sen­ter (5) 16 Pack­age (6) 18 Santa’s means of

trans­port (6) 19 Witch’s curse (5) 22 Mother’s brother? (5) 24 Christ­mas tree

top­per (5) 26 Tod­dler (3) 27 God Rest Ye Merry ---,

carol (9) 29 Pale pur­ple colour (5) 30 Show at a gallery (7) 31 Phil Collins’ for­mer

band (7)

DOWN

1 Small or­ange fruit (7) 2 Sea­sonal com­edy mu­si­cal play (9) 3 Mu­si­cal drama (5) 4 Tuft of hang­ing threads, used for dec­o­ra­tion (6) 5 Per­spire (5) 6 Ex­pres­sion of sur­prise (3) 7 In­spec­tor ---, classic de­tec­tive se­ries (5) 8 Nasal ori­fice (7) 13 Joins in fab­ric (5) 15 Bird of prey (5) 17 Fes­tive snacks roasted

on an open fire? (9) 18 Im­port il­le­gally (7) 20 Love ---, 1987 Ali­son

Moyet hit (7) 21 Fes­tive tip­ple (6) 23 Mol­lusc with a large

spi­ral shell (5) 24 Con­fess (5) 25 Cit­rus fruit (5) 28 Throw (3)

Is­sue 163 so­lu­tion Across: 1 Cricket, 5 Bash­ful, 9 Stole, 10 Orang­utan, 11 USA, 12 Lunch, 13 Binge, 14 Ex­ist, 16 Cotton, 18 Fin­ish, 19 Month, 22 Lobby, 24 Li­lac, 26 Eel, 27 In­sur­ance, 29 Blind, 30 Gallery, 31 Scenery. Down: 1 Cos­tume, 2 Iso­la­tion, 3 Kneel, 4 Thorny, 5 Beach, 6 Sag, 7 Fu­ton, 8 Lantern, 13 Bloom, 15 Tasty, 17 Tan­ger­ine, 18 Fall­ing, 20 Hol­i­day, 21 Pliers, 23 Basil, 24 Lanky, 25 Cable, 28 Roe. Prize word: CRO­CHET

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