Eric’s first Christmas circulation was in 1971 (the clue word being 1 across), while mine was 2001 – thus a FIFTY year anniversary for Eric and a SCORE of years for me.
FIFTY’s variations were all words abbreviated by L: LEFT, LEAGUE, LATITUDE.
SCORE’s variations were all words that could combine with SCORE: CARD, SHEET, DRAW.
The initial letters of the redundant words in double clues spelled CHALK(L)EY.
1/38 JACK-A-LENT; jackal (w)ent; MOTHER WIT; anag; Considering
10 ANA(S)AZI; A in a Nazi
11 NO-HOPER; oh! In nope R
13/34 DIRTY; r in it in d(a)y; MARAE; a in mare; Has
15 IMARI; mar in I I
17 ATHLETI(C)S; anag. & lit.
18 DECILITER; iced (rev.) + lite r
20 MAGLEV; gam(e) + lev(y)
27 CAN(O)NICALS; nic(e) in canals
33 EN(R)ICH; cf. niche
35 IN S(E)ASON; SAS in in on
36 TIRADE; I in trade
37 CELL; E for a in call
1 JADED; e in J add
3/28 KATTI; TT in kai; CHARR; char r; Acknowledging
4/31 LIRA; cf. liar; EATH; hidden; Likely
5 EN ATTENDANT; at ten in end ant
6/22 NOCHEL; ch. In Noel; VAUDOO; VA U do o’; Kansas
7 LOMEN(T)A; omen in LA
8 FERIT(Y); E in frit
9 TRISTE; s in trite
12/26 PATH; pat h; OTIS; o + sit (rev.); Exercised
14/24 IDEA; I’d e,a; ULNA; hidden; You
16 OLE(I)C; l in CEO (rev.)
19 RE(F)IT; tier (rev.)
20 MALE(F)IC; ale in mic
21 LAICAL; (g)lacial (rev.)
25 PANNE; panne(d)
Clues to FIFTY/SCORE:
1st Bitter about calorie count, languid half-ton fatty regularly overlooked eating condition (John Hood)
2nd Fellow in agreement with X’s successor: half a century later the principles of sound clueing only reinforce each result (John Tozer)
3rd Irritated about Conservative record, look sharp imposing fine for Number 10 several times (John Grimshaw)
3rd Stokes and company achieve little, flopping in four Tests, yearning firstly for an innings worth applauding? (Philip Marlow)
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