NEW oLN CROSSWORD Number 22
Published:  21 March, 2008

ACROSS

3 Deal with by applying remedies (5); 6 Side-view portrait (7); 7 Pudding (6); 8 Roadside inn (5); 9 A lift (8); 12 Work together into a dough (5); 14 Drag the feet while walking (5);

15 Opiate (8); 18 Residue from burnt matter (5); 19 Cavity (6); 20 Lasting for ever (7); 21 Excessive desire for food (5)

DOWN

1 Shoes and boots (8); 2 Stopped like teeth (6); 3 Backcombs (6); 4 Additional (5); 5 Human trunk (5); 6 Large and fleshy multi-seeded fruit used in pies (7); 10 Makes more resilient (5);

11 Rejection (7); 13 Tea that is left in the pot too long (6);

14 Weighing-machine (6); 16 In the midst of (5); 17 Give birth

to a baby cow (5)




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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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