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1. Grand dance soon to be ar­ranged – and fes­tively dec­o­rated with th­ese (8) 5. sparkle at en­trance to grotto, ac­com­pa­nied by off­spring of puss in boots? (7) 9. rein­deer – non-red

sort (6) 15. steal from fash­ion­able

christ­mas bird (5) 16. carol king (9) 17. awoke and helped pre­pare the soup and cus­tard? (7) 18. Goes away with bits of

mistle­toe (6) 20. christ­mas bird brings sticky stuff to home coun­ties (5) 21. barge about with eve, tipsy from cham­pagne, for ex­am­ple (8) 24. sparkle like him and me

in south, right? (7) 25. tur­key trot, maybe? (5) 27. one of those roasted to

a top crumbly state (6) 31. en­thu­si­ast cap­tures us sol­dier, cre­at­ing dick­ens char­ac­ter (5) 32. it gives an artist sup­port dur­ing yule, as elves scurry about (5) 34. knight is turn­ing right (3) 35. cin­derella put her foot

in it (7) 36. one occurred on 34th street in a fa­mous fes­tive film (7) 38. starts to eat really rich

soup, but slips up (4) 39. see 23 40. Walks around tin­sel, ini­tially – it be­longs to us (5) 42. tulip ar­ranged to re­veal what fairy lights did to the tree (3,2) 44. First two parts of christ­mas at home. a fa­cial fea­ture (4) 45. it might con­vey sea­sonal

greet­ings (4) 46. Wager small point is in

mid­dle po­si­tion (7) 49. it helps you lis­ten to a

mur­der play (7) 50. you are said to be

fe­male crea­ture (3) 51. car­ollers sing that it­came­upona mid­night _____. (5) 52. it lets you lis­ten to op­pos­ing points, so gets mer­ited re­ward (5) 54. belt to smash if it

con­tains cham­pagne (6) 55. hav­ing got up to see lead­ers of rein­deer in santa’s ex­hil­a­rat­ing night (5) 57. nicks bits of mu­sic writ­ten about first two parts of christ­mas (7) 61. sis­ter at party with panto per for­m­ers, per­haps (8) 63. clever in­gre­di­ent of

christ­mas mar­tini (5) 65. a cream con­fec­tion that fam­ily might smile for on christ­mas day (6) 68. Fas­ten­ers for a panto

char­ac­ter (7) 69. put up dec­o­ra­tions and

of­ten does a turn (9) 70. When edited, poe’s a

fab­u­lous au­thor (5) 71. carol’s got so many

pipers pip­ing (6) 72. rein­deer (the high

step­ping sort) (7) 73. a di­a­mond gift of a

cel­e­bra­tory fire­work? (8) 1. beer, sir? Gar­nished with

mistle­toe fruits? (7) 2. af­ter fi­nal now­ell, all be­gin to turn to stick­ing on gift tags (9) 3. With snow newly fallen, possess a lit­tle part of it (3) 4. soon af­ter christ­mas, com­pose any wee verse. time to cel­e­brate again! (3,5,3) 6. be­ing idle now, ar­range

for a brief rest (3-4) 7.they do much ring­ing dur­ing the christ­mas shop­ping rush (5) 8. Wise men need new seat,

com­ing from here (4) 10. more of a re­quest from this dick­ens char­ac­ter (6,5) 11,29. pop­u­lar christ­mas tree from an­other coun­try, very smart­look­ing (6,6) 12. be em­bar­rassed to be­come like ru­dolph’s nose (6) 13. can yule log con­tain

one, some or all? (3)

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