NEW oLN CROSSWORD Number 23

04 April, 2008

ACROSS

1 Desired (6); 4 Plaster between tiles (5); 7 In an upside-

down position (10); 8 Noisy (4); 9 Find an answer to (5);

11 Dangling earring (7); 13 Period without rain (7);

15 Painful wind suffered by babies (5); 17 Having a sharp, bitter taste (4); 18 Ornament (10); 20 Force back (5); 21 A certain area of a country (6)

DOWN

1 Beat soundly (6); 2 Walked on (4); 3 Climb down (7);

4 Hinged barriers (5); 5 Rowing blade (3); 6 Stuffing herb (5);

7 Underground passage (6); 10 Shallow lake (6);

12 Agricultural engine (7); 14 He-man reared by apes (6);

15 Fragrant conifer (5); 16 Deep orange-pink substance used for necklaces (5); 17 Ballad (4); 19 Explosive used in a toy gun (3)




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Lifting the spirits

I were to sum up alcohol sales over Christmas 2017 in one word, it would be “gin”. At Nielsen, we define the Christmas period as the 12 weeks to December 30 and in that time gin sales were £199.4 million, which means they increased by £55.4 million compared with Christmas 2016. There’s no sign the bubble is about to burst either. Growth at Christmas 2016 was £22.4 million, so gin has increased its value growth nearly two-and-a-half times in a year. The spirit added more value to
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