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Christmas Day on PB

December 25th, 2011

And PB Xmas would not be Xmas without the Annual StJohn Crossword

Across

1. Service commonly received (5)

4. Wheeler dealer’s last to pay money back, after a short interval (8)

8. Tory, by turning over Laurel leaf nearly hid Lib Dem victory? (7,7)

10. Politician gets lost over European integration (9)

11. Step dancer has his wings clipped (5)

12. Write new edit, circulated by newspaper (6)

14. The genie is out for the majority in England (8)

17. One working after most of tax cut (8)

18. Bridge that’s associated with Norman politician once (6)

20. Asian one left after Father Ted’s successor? (5)

22. Atmosphere quickly turns angry inside (9)

24. Outspoken woman said to transfix powerful man (8,6)

25. Last three letters are addressed by Rumsfeld (8)

26. Appropriate to vote leader out? (5)

Down

1. Country united through this diet lacks a vitamin found in Italian food – though not every time (12)

2. City campaigned in turn (5)

3. For starters it’s bad to enter Queer Street (9)

4. Minister on edge of chaos (6)

5. Keep soldiers occupied to win again (8)

6. Stars work without effort (5)

7. David was a Europhile (9)

9. Royal power Chancellor cut in recent allocation (6,6)

13. Dramatic events as PM abandoned voting system (9)

15. City girl hugs him after brief greeting (9)

16. PM backed Deputy PM initially, protected on principle (5,3)

19. One from Saint Mark’s contemporaries (6)

21. Cool to support Murray – it’s revolutionary! (5)

23. Half of Parliament gets reformed in time (5)