Each day during Advent we'll post a new clue on our home page (here). The first letter of each answer
is a different letter of the alphabet - in ascending order - and each of the clues lead to a Christmas-related answer.
And yes, we missed out 'Q'. There are only 25 days from December 1 to December 25, so something had to go! The clue for 'Q' might have been "Fourths, which when he heard them all heralded the Three Spirits for Scrooge? (8)". We'll reveal the solution on December 25th.
.... and here is that answer: Quarters. Scrooge heard all the quarters between 12 and 1 before the first Spirit arrived. A fourth is, of cousre, a quarter.
Clue: Promotion before opening in pre-Christmas season
A promotion is an 'ad(vertisement)'; + 'vent' = opening. Advent is the time leading up to Christmas
Clue: Vegetables which Belgian capital shoots
Brussels is the capital of Belgium. Shoots 'sprout' from plants. And yes, officially the vegetable is a 'Brussels sprout', not a 'Brussel sprout'. You'll find it on many Christmas dinner plates
Clue: My niche, tidied up, creates an access channel for presents?
'Chimney' is an anagram (a 'tidied up' version) of 'my niche'. Santa, of course, traditionally comes down the chimney
Clue: Are this month's speeches hung up?
Decorations are an integral part of the Christmas season - yours may not be up yet, but shops, streets and other public places are full of them!
Clue: Santa's helpers are in to be seen in steel vests
The word 'elves' is hidden in the words 'steEL VESts'; Santa's helpers are elves - in fact, he is often said to be one himself
Clue: Following rime, other snowy types start like this frozen dew
Frost (depicted on many Christmas cards) comes in various types, including 'rime', 'hoar' (now called 'radiation') and 'advection' frost. Sometimes it looks like 'snow'; sometimes it's effectively frozen dew. The word is made up of the first letters of the first five words of the clue!
Clue: Could grail be resolved for this angelic visitor?
Gabriel visited the Virgin Mary to tell her that she was to have a baby; Gabriel is an anagram of 'be grail'
Clue: In with no one else? That's the stuff of movies!
'Home Alone' is an iconic 1990 Christmas movie (set at Christmas, rather than dealing with a Christmas theme). 'In' means '(at) home'; if no else is there you're 'alone'
We will reveal today's answer tomorrow. If you haven't worked it out yet, why not do so now by visiting our home page