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jolan

18th December 2012, 10:32
Good morning friends. My last puzzle of the year (taking a break for Christmas). I'm off to town (25 miles) for a wee bit of Xmas shopping. Hope they're OK today as was a bit rushed this week. Enjoy! J

I set crossies just for pleasure. I wonder if some of you excellent regulars would like to try a few of my clues? Since they're new, no letters!

Please withhold solutions till 5 pm (GMT) to allow others to have a go.

1. Christmas invitation sees leftie dad discomfited (6,7)

2. Parasite held over for smacking me about scruffy toilets (9)

3. Carrying bear? About time! It’s an additional small gift from Santa in Massachusetts, perhaps (8,7)

4, Squadron leader explodes incendiary grenade together with Hezbollah leaders’ means of transport (6)

5. Conscientious objector got together with copper and pickpocket returning to see Two Towers at Christmas? (5,3,5)


Christmas bonus clue (a wee bit of “specialised knowledge” here – sorry!)

Get a possible 50 cent publication to cover the present? (8,5)

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rossim

18th December 2012, 10:35
Got number 2.
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andyc

18th December 2012, 10:38
Out for an extended lunch today Jolan, so won't be able to devote as much time as usual...I'll look in later on though.
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andyc

18th December 2012, 10:41
I've got number 1 though I think!
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ixion

18th December 2012, 10:41
Is the bonus definitely (8,5) Jolan?...I have a plausible (7,5) that seems to fit.
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tony

18th December 2012, 11:24
As I will be out all day and won't be able to join in, I want to take this opportunity to thank you most sincerely for your weekly 5@5.
It gives a lot of enjoyment (and head scratching) and I certainly look forward to Tuesdays.

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.
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bullfrog

18th December 2012, 11:45
ixion - I can see an obvious (8,5) for the bonus although I can't yet parse the first word. Apart from that, 1 & 2 so far...
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bullfrog

18th December 2012, 11:48
...and four and (maybe) 5...
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ixion

18th December 2012, 11:56
See what you mean BFrog got 4,5 and the bonus...not postage s-tamp as I first thought
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rosalind

18th December 2012, 12:01
Got 2 immediately, the picture of smacking you round scruffy toilets is irresistible!
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