i Cryptic Crossword 1209 by Radian

December 24, 2014

At Christmas time we can rely upon the i to give us a themed puzzle, so it was no surprise to come across the lengthy anagram, the second line of Clement C Moore’s poem ‘A visit from St Nicholas’.  Curiously we had had the first line ‘Twas the night before Christmas’ last year from Phi, you may recall.

Lots of fun and quite a stiff challenge, with two I couldn’t parse (8d, 21d) before visiting the original blog here: http://www.fifteensquared.net/2010/01/01/independent-7237-saturday-prize-puzzle-26-december-by-radian/ .

Loads of ticks by the clues but my COD nomination goes to the cleverly disguised 21d, even though I failed to parse it:   One may be sent to recall Members of Parliament? (5)

And I’m sure you spotted that 5d assumes the puzzle is being solved on Boxing Day.  Could have easily been edited to read ‘will bring tomorrow’.  I hope you get what you’re hoping for.

Merry Christmas One and All.

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