NEW oLN CROSSWORD Number 12

19 October, 2007

ACROSS

1 Greyhound-like racing dog; 5 Bank strongbox; 7 Pen for hens?; 8 Unmarried man; 9 A pub close to home; 10 Always; 13 Narrow country road; 14 Fixed kitchen basin; 18 Forcibly pull apart; 19 Joint on which a door turns; 21 Man who eats human flesh; 22 To steal from; 23 In good health; 24 Ship' s captain

DOWN

1 Radio; 2 Not legally guilty; 3 Small roundish stone; 4 Travel

voucher; 5 Jewish coin; 6 Amphibian that croaks; 11 Wet blob from the sky; 12 Twelfth month; 15 Dog' s house; 16 Hush money and backhanders; 17 Hot Mexican dish; 20 A sport such as rugby




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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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