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  • TykejohnnoTykejohnno Posts: 7,362

    Ever been trolled with a Christmas present? My wife has bought me 'A Little History of Yorkshire'.

    Yorkshire tea, Yorkshire beer, Yorkshire pudding, Yorkshire everything. And now I can read about bloody Yorkshire!

    Bloody brilliant isn't it ;-)
  • Fox?
  • Barnesian said:

    stjohn said:

    Barnesian said:

    1D owl?

    No. Not owl.
    Parliament of owls? Oh well
    Ant? Eel? Dog? Cat? Pup? Cub? Bee?
    Lab (if dog breeds are acceptable)?
  • Barnesian said:

    stjohn said:

    Barnesian said:

    1D owl?

    No. Not owl.
    Parliament of owls? Oh well
    Ant? Eel? Dog? Cat? Pup? Cub? Bee?
    Lab (if dog breeds are acceptable)?
    Party animal, of course!!
  • One and a half episodes in to the Wolf Hall box set and I'm calling it a day. Back to staring blankly at the Boxing Day horseracing cards!
  • FloaterFloater Posts: 10,283

    Incredibly mild out. Millions of dogs on the beach. And Christmas dolphins leaping just offshore.

    Dog now shattered from his exertions of trashing wrapping paper into confetti and sniffing millions of bottoms. Job done.

    Now - let the gorging commence......

    Nice! - where are the Dolphins?

  • PolruanPolruan Posts: 1,850
    Barnesian said:

    stjohn said:

    Barnesian said:

    23D scoff?

    Not scoff.
    Scorn?
    Yep, ‘society’ - S, ‘by’ abandoning Corbyn = CORN.
  • MarqueeMarkMarqueeMark Posts: 33,305
    Floater said:

    Incredibly mild out. Millions of dogs on the beach. And Christmas dolphins leaping just offshore.

    Dog now shattered from his exertions of trashing wrapping paper into confetti and sniffing millions of bottoms. Job done.

    Now - let the gorging commence......

    Nice! - where are the Dolphins?

    Blackpool Sands, just west of Dartmouth.
  • PolruanPolruan Posts: 1,850
    28 = Steve Bannon so assume 26 = Tan, but a bit less sure about that.
  • RobDRobD Posts: 44,488
    stjohn said:

    I'm popping out for some festive cheer. I will be able to see the comments but not comment myself. For some reason my iphone doesn't log me in to PB.com but my laptop and desktop do. Probably a settings issue? Anyone got any suggestions?

    Thanks to those of who are helping to solve the puzzle. Please keep going! Back around 2pm.

    Have you tried logging in via the Vanilla website, that usually keeps me logged in.

    https://politicalbetting.vanillacommunity.com/
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    Test
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    Yes to Scorn and Steve Bannon. Will do the wordplay later. Sunil has the animal in his list.
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    It’s not Lab.
  • 1d Pup? Progressive Unionist Party maybe.
  • 4d Roosevelt
    6d Away Fan
    10a Ahern
  • 1a Perestroika
  • FloaterFloater Posts: 10,283

    Floater said:

    Incredibly mild out. Millions of dogs on the beach. And Christmas dolphins leaping just offshore.

    Dog now shattered from his exertions of trashing wrapping paper into confetti and sniffing millions of bottoms. Job done.

    Now - let the gorging commence......

    Nice! - where are the Dolphins?

    Blackpool Sands, just west of Dartmouth.
    Thanks
  • OldKingColeOldKingCole Posts: 17,870
    Floater said:

    Floater said:

    Incredibly mild out. Millions of dogs on the beach. And Christmas dolphins leaping just offshore.

    Dog now shattered from his exertions of trashing wrapping paper into confetti and sniffing millions of bottoms. Job done.

    Now - let the gorging commence......

    Nice! - where are the Dolphins?

    Blackpool Sands, just west of Dartmouth.
    Thanks
    Some lovely beaches along that coast
  • Merry Christmas, or as Sir Humphrey would say....

  • dr_spyndr_spyn Posts: 10,349
    Happy Christmas to OGH, all header writers, contributors and readers of PB.
  • PolruanPolruan Posts: 1,850

    Floater said:

    Incredibly mild out. Millions of dogs on the beach. And Christmas dolphins leaping just offshore.

    Dog now shattered from his exertions of trashing wrapping paper into confetti and sniffing millions of bottoms. Job done.

    Now - let the gorging commence......

    Nice! - where are the Dolphins?

    Blackpool Sands, just west of Dartmouth.
    One of the lowest tides I’ve seen since 2011 at Porthcurno... but sadly no dolphins today. Very jealous.
  • PolruanPolruan Posts: 1,850
    edited December 2018
    10A = Ahern?

    [edit... someone got there first]
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    edited December 2018
    Polruan said:

    28 = Steve Bannon so assume 26 = Tan, but a bit less sure about that.

    28 ac. Anagram of Bevan indicated by upset Bevan = VEBAN, in anagram of No (number) Ten's reshuffle = STENON. VEBAN in STENON = STE (VE BAN) NON. Political strategist = Steve Bannon.

    Not Tan.
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    andypetuk said:

    4d Roosevelt
    6d Away Fan
    10a Ahern

    Yes to all three.

    Israeli = Peres. Trio in government = Troika. Peres + Troika = Perestroika. Russian for Restructuring - political and economic. Gorbachev era.

    Away Fan. A means = A way. To stir up = fan. Away fan = opposition supporter.

    Female's = her's. With a female's = A + her. Point of view = N = (North). The "of view" isn't really discussed.

    A + her + N = Ahern = Politician.
  • Merry Christmas to all on this site. Hope you are all having a happy Christmas. Wishing all of you a happy and relaxing Boxing Day, and a healthy and great 2019.
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    andypetuk said:

    1d Pup? Progressive Unionist Party maybe.

    Yes. Exactly. Progressive Unionist Party.
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    Barnesian said:

    15A extensive?

    No. Not extensive.
  • 16d Pinstripe?
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    andypetuk said:

    16d Pinstripe?

    Yes. Narrow line = Pinstripe. Assumed, as in worn, by Rees-Mogg. Pinstripe suit.
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    4 dn. Roosevelt. The French = Le. Le voters rioting = Rosevelt. Old = O. Rosevelt over O = Ro(O)sevelt = President.
  • williamglennwilliamglenn Posts: 32,036
    26d Dan
  • GIN1138GIN1138 Posts: 17,516
    Merry Christmas PB :)
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111

    26d Dan

    Yes. Cook is an anagram indicator. Anagram "and" = Dan. Dan Brown the author.
  • Merry Christmas all!

    I received a copy of the Jeremy Corbyn Annual!
  • 25 across Blindfold (blind = screen; fold = close up; no idea how it relates to unclear Brexit)?
  • viewcodeviewcode Posts: 11,910
    Merry Xmas everyone!

    (I hate crosswords... 😀)
  • viewcodeviewcode Posts: 11,910

    IanB2 said:

    Happy Xmas everyone.

    Just in that gap when all there is to do is sit and watch the turkey through the oven door.

    Probably better than anything that will be on TV today...
    There is no Xmas Doctor Who. I am vexed. I have to talk to my relatives... 😀
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111

    25 across Blindfold (blind = screen; fold = close up; no idea how it relates to unclear Brexit)?

    Yes. The wordplay is exactly as you have it. I have to concede the definition bit is a bit dubious. But some critics of Brexit, including Corbyn, have described the Brexit that we are heading for as a "Blind Brexit" and also a "Blindfold Brexit". Because the type of agreement we going to get down the line is not at all clear or agreed as yet.
  • PolruanPolruan Posts: 1,850
    9A Peter Bone - didn’t know the temporal bone was a thing until just now.
  • williamglennwilliamglenn Posts: 32,036
    edited December 2018
    25a Blindfold

    Edit: too slow.
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    Polruan said:

    9A Peter Bone - didn’t know the temporal bone was a thing until just now.

    Yes. Peter = become less. Temporal is a bone in the skull. We have two. Peter Bone is a leaver.
  • williamglennwilliamglenn Posts: 32,036
    21d Cable
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111

    21d Cable

    No. Not Cable.
  • PolruanPolruan Posts: 1,850

    21d Cable

    Noble, anagram of Leon + 1st of Brittan.
  • Merry Christmas everyone and thanks for providing stimulation, inspiration and amusement this year.
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    Polruan said:

    21d Cable

    Noble, anagram of Leon + 1st of Brittan.
    Yes.
  • viewcode said:

    IanB2 said:

    Happy Xmas everyone.

    Just in that gap when all there is to do is sit and watch the turkey through the oven door.

    Probably better than anything that will be on TV today...
    There is no Xmas Doctor Who. I am vexed. I have to talk to my relatives... 😀
    Yes, makes a change from trying to keep them all quiet when it is on. ;)
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    edited December 2018
    2/3s solved. 21 done. 11 still to do.
  • dixiedeandixiedean Posts: 6,307
    stjohn said:

    2/3s solved. 21 done. 11 still to do.

    Hi. Merry Christmas all. Ta for the crossword. Am late this year. Any chance of an update of the 11 still unsolved?
  • FloaterFloater Posts: 10,283

    Merry Christmas all!

    I received a copy of the Jeremy Corbyn Annual!

    I thought you must be joking

    Apparently not

    https://www.hawkin.com/jeremy-corbyn-annual-2019
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    dixiedean said:

    stjohn said:

    2/3s solved. 21 done. 11 still to do.

    Hi. Merry Christmas all. Ta for the crossword. Am late this year. Any chance of an update of the 11 still unsolved?
    Sure.

    Across. 11, 13, 15, 20, 24, 27.

    Down. 2, 3, 11, 14, 15.
  • 2 down -- Ritzy? Jonathan Aitken stayed at the Paris Ritz, as did the Hamiltons shortly before their downfall. They should put a warning for MPs on Tripadvisor.
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111

    2 down -- Ritzy? Jonathan Aitken stayed at the Paris Ritz, as did the Hamiltons shortly before their downfall. They should put a warning for MPs on Tripadvisor.

    Yes.
  • PolruanPolruan Posts: 1,850
    15 is expansive isn’t it? Was looking for a famous liberal to include in a word for speech, but I think it’s just that ‘liberal in speech’ and ‘far reaching’ can both mean ‘expansive’.
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    Polruan said:

    15 is expansive isn’t it? Was looking for a famous liberal to include in a word for speech, but I think it’s just that ‘liberal in speech’ and ‘far reaching’ can both mean ‘expansive’.

    Yes.
  • viewcodeviewcode Posts: 11,910
    Oh God, they're watching Strictly...
  • stodgestodge Posts: 6,357
    Late afternoon all :)

    Christmas greetings to all on PB both those who like me and those who loathe me. Don't worry- I treat you all with equal contempt.

    Thank you for the fascinating debates and discussions.

    As for Christmas, a quiet day with Mrs Stodge - I went for a post-lunch constitutional and here in East Ham you soon realise there are people who don't celebrate Christmas. If I'd not fancied our huge Christmas roast, the kebab shop was open which serves chicken (allegedly) and lamb (even more allegedly).

    Unlike someone earlier, I've eschewed the crossword for tomorrow's racing. I've had a bet on POLITOLOGUE in the King George at 11/2 which looks a shot to nothing as long as the rain stays away.
  • Mr. Stodge, each way?
  • stodgestodge Posts: 6,357

    Mr. Stodge, each way?

    No, I think he'll either win or not get home at all.
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    edited December 2018
    "The Shadows" here are in a cabinet.
  • An unusual politician’s Christmas message:

  • Cheers, Mr. Stodge.
  • CharlesCharles Posts: 27,071
    He’s openly gay isn’t he? If so, it’s a little crude perhaps but nothing more interesting than that
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    stjohn said:

    "The Shadows" here are in a cabinet.

    And there's an anagram in there. 11 dn.
  • DecrepitJohnLDecrepitJohnL Posts: 13,300
    edited December 2018
    stjohn said:

    stjohn said:

    "The Shadows" here are in a cabinet.

    And there's an anagram in there. 11 dn.
    Diane Abbott = anagram of "to be a bandit"

    Tbh I'd rejected this earlier as I was looking at "trained to be" which does not quite work.
  • volcanopetevolcanopete Posts: 2,078
    Anyone whose brain is functioning at all and/or is a tad bored Investors Chronicle have a very nice quiz to win a case of Laurent Perrier Cuvee Rose. 27 questions to answer here https://www.investorschronicle.co.uk/shares/2018/12/13/enter-our-2018-christmas-quiz-for-a-chance-to-win-a-case-of-champagne/
  • 11A Daytime
  • 3D Service
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    Yes all round.
  • 20A Brandon
  • New thread
  • daodaodaodao Posts: 821
    24A OWENS
  • rkrkrkrkrkrk Posts: 5,840
    27A - tar? Not entirely sure why...
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    andypetuk said:

    11A Daytime

    Yes.
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    daodao said:

    24A OWENS

    Yes.
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    rkrkrk said:

    27A - tar? Not entirely sure why...

    Yes.
  • daodaodaodao Posts: 821
    18D NUDISTS
  • PolruanPolruan Posts: 1,850
    14D Golda Meir?
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    Yes to all the answers. Just one left I think. 13 across.
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    andypetuk said:

    11A Daytime

    Robin Day and emit reversed. Daytime is a kind of TV.
  • PolruanPolruan Posts: 1,850
    stjohn said:

    Yes to all the answers. Just one left I think. 13 across.

    Angle.
  • daodaodaodao Posts: 821
    13A ANGLE
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    andypetuk said:

    3D Service

    Transport is a type of service and a Minister leads a church service.
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    andypetuk said:

    20A Brandon

    Yes. Ultimately Hamilton is N. Film star is Brando. Brando + N = Brandon Lewis.
  • IanB2IanB2 Posts: 25,442
    This thread is now OLD
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    daodao said:

    24A OWENS

    David Owen's and Jesse Owens.
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    stjohn said:

    rkrkrk said:

    27A - tar? Not entirely sure why...

    Yes.
    The Starr report without a case is S(tar)r. Tar is sticky.
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    daodao said:

    18D NUDISTS

    Mad = Nuts. God = Dis. Nuts about Dis = Nu (Dis) ts. People out of habit = undressed = Nudists.
  • IanB2IanB2 Posts: 25,442
    This thread is now OLDER
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    edited December 2018
    Polruan said:

    14D Golda Meir?

    Spinning is an anagram indicator. Right = R. Spinning image right = GAMEI R. Former = Old. GAMEIR about Old = G(Old)a Meir. Prime Minister of Israel.
  • stjohnstjohn Posts: 1,111
    daodao said:

    13A ANGLE

    Yes. Labour"s leader is L. The capital letter L is a right angle.

    Thanks once again to Mike and all you PBers for indulging me once again.

    That's all folks!
  • 13A Angle?
  • daodaodaodao Posts: 821
    stjohn said:

    daodao said:

    13A ANGLE

    Yes. Labour"s leader is L. The capital letter L is a right angle.

    Thanks once again to Mike and all you PBers for indulging me once again.

    That's all folks!
    Thanks for your entertainment and explanations.
  • Thanks stjohn. Sorry we took so long this year.
  • PolruanPolruan Posts: 1,850
    Thank you @stjohn - really good addition to the Christmas Day traditions.
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