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1 ___ Bells, fes­tive tune (6)

4 In as­trol­ogy, the sym­bol for Libra (6)

7 Bar­bara ___, big hit for The Beach Boys, re­leased in Christ­mas week 1965 (3)

8 An­i­mal such as Beatrix Pot­ter’s Peter (6) 9 Wed­ding band, eg (4)

10 ___ League, Bri­tish group who took the 1981 Christ­mas No.1 spot with Don’t You Want Me (5) 11 Com­plete the Christ­mas cracker joke: What do you call a man with a spade on his head? (4) 13 An­i­mal fat used to make dumplings, eg (4) 15 Broke, hav­ing lit­tle or no money (slang) (5) 17 ___ and evens, bet­ting chances (4)

19 Off the ___, im­promptu, ad-libbed (4)

21 Writ­ten com­po­si­tion (5)

23 Nat King ___, crooner who recorded the most fa­mous ver­sion of The Christ­mas Song (4)

24 Reach a place (6)

25 Move head in agree­ment (3)

26 Frank­furter served in a long soft roll (3,3) 27 The Queen’s ___, Christ­mas Day

TV ad­dress given by El­iz­a­beth II (6)

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1 Heck­led, booed (6)

2 Chat­ter­box (slang) (6)

3 & 6D 1995 Christ­mas No.1 for Michael Jack­son (5,4)

4 Frosty The ___, fes­tive tune (7)

5 Mighty oaks from lit­tle ___ grow, say­ing (6) 6 See 3D

12 ___ Nick, the Devil (3)

14 Christ­massy com­edy film that starred Will Fer­rell in the ti­tle role, now a stage mu­si­cal cur­rently show­ing in Lon­don’s West End (3) 16 I Saw Mommy ___ Santa Claus, fes­tive tune (7)

18 Ap­peared to be (6)

19 Com­plete the Christ­mas cracker joke: What’s round and ag­gres­sive? A vi­cious ___ (6)

20 Papa Noël is ‘Fa­ther Christ­mas’ in what lan­guage? (6)

22 The whole nine ___, say­ing (5)

23 ___ Kid­ston, Bri­tish de­signer known for goods made in vin­tage-style flo­ral prints (4)

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