I was contemplating doing another Festive Crossword when Sakura’s recent post put the opening line from Ship Of Fools in my head. Several hours of head-scratching later, I came up with this. If it ain’t exactly a Festive Crossword, it’ll do until the real one gets here, to paraphrase Sherriff Ed Tom Bell in No Country For Old Men.
Answers next week.
OOPS: There’s a mistake in 1 down! Due to my imperfect memory, the answer is missing an ‘N’ (so should be an 8-letter clue, not a 7-letter one).
Please follow my mistake and omit the ‘N’. The clue doesn’t work otherwise. (A mistake in 1 down? Bloody amateur! – Ed.)
Oh, and tfd points out, quite correctly, that 27 across is (3,3), not (6)!