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Christmas Challenge 2017


#1

Here’s another SOTA brainteaser to keep busy in between the Christmas activities. It’s a cryptic crossword, with the answers almost all SOTA related, summit related, or chosen because I ran out of space and they fit :smiley:

Merry Christmas to all!

Across

1. A fine King James, confused, meets global organisation regarding Japanese monster (7, 9)
8. One ample fir is useful during low sunspot cycles (9)
9. Resonant Eastern European princess? (6)
10. Joe hid on summit (8)
12. and 14-down. Monet dropped some ecstasy, then rearranged place in France (4, 5)
13. Cost of Slovenian summit (4)
15. Tribal mountain phonetic association (5, 6)
17. A porn page, without point? it sends message a long way (11)
18. See activity (4)
20. Cast pall over summit (4)
22. Fishy island? (8)
24. Defend arrangement of antenna (6)
27. Spanish mountain will drain more (9).
28. Strong dampener on activation in EA? (5, 4, 2, 5)

Down

1. After hope abandoned, model found them in VK3 (10)
2. Firstly, Just a pretty amazing nation? (5)
3. Loss of control means a pile of cash is returned (7)
4. Good operator’s finest asset rolls back the years (4)
5. Straight shooting Pennine favourite? (3)
6. Desirable item for 4-down (5)
7. We sat, all worked up after climb? (5)
11. Simon’s mother and child association? (7)
12. Habits include spoken CW (5)
14. See 12-across
16. Action at four in mountain activity (10)
19. SOTA leaders, often so described, like Sub-Antarctic Summit (2, 5)
20. Intentional action (5)
21. Vengeful Israeli desert? (5)
23. Japanese activator? (5)
25. Yet another great invention starts to make us beam (4)
26. Where all the summits are? (3)


#2

#3

Thanks for this Andrew. I’ve managed to fill in three answers so far; I suspect this will keep me occupied throughout the festive period!


#4

Someone at the office found this one http://www.thebigsheep.co.uk/news/details/2017-christmas-quiz


#5

One successful submission from Rob DM1CM!