Christmas Crossword Puzzle – Medieval Mayhem

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Well, here we are at the end of 2016! As most of our readers know, we made writing the fourth book to our series a big priority this year and so had little time for other activities. However, we decided to dive into our basket of goodies to see what we could devise for Xmas.  And here it is – A medieval crossword puzzle with entry into a prize draw for all readers who solve it!

We shall post as this year’s advent calendar, six clues daily and then four on the last days, until you have them all by December 24th. Then send us a scanned copy of your completed crossword puzzle for entry into the draw. The winner will receive a copy of one of our books, or if you have the current three, then we’ll reserve for you, one of the new release copies of book four ‘The Traitor’s Noose.’

We wish all our readers a very merry Christmas and hope you have some fun with this puzzle!

Lions and Lilies would like to thank Cathy T who manually designed the crossword – that is to say, without using one of those ‘crossword puzzle makers!’

Send a scanned copy of the completed puzzle to lionsandlilies@lionsandlilies.com

Competition closes on January, Friday 13th, 2017 and winner will be drawn on Catherine and Cecile’s birthday – January 17th!

(Please note :- Due to high postal costs in Australia, a print copy will be drawn for Australian Residents only – An EBook copy will be presented via Amazon to an overseas winner)

Good luck everyone!

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DEC 1

ACROSS

1              Duke of Normandy (Born 1027 – Died 1087)  (7,3,9)

7              Plague (5,5)

14           Famous meadow where a charter was signed by 17 Across

DOWN

1              Name of the struggle between two houses for the English throne in 1455 – 1487 (3,2,3,5)

2              Castle in England that houses one of the four remaining copies of 99 Across

3              One of the herbs of St John, brought indoors only at the 12 days of Christmas

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DEC 2

ACROSS

15     Arch Bishop of Canterbury under Richard II and under Henry  IV

16      Tender

17      Youngest son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine

DOWN

4         Author of the Canterbury Tales

5         Set of instructions laid down when entering a tournament

6         King of England (1189 – 1199) (7,3,9)

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DEC 3

ACROSS

19        Victuals

20       Before you could joust you had to be able to do this well                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           21        King of France 1380 – 1422, suffered bouts of madness

DOWN  

8          One of the royal houses involved in 1 Down

9          Danish King of England (1016) and first Norse ruler to be accepted as a Christian King

10        Usurped Richard II for the English throne. King of England until 1412 (5,2,11)

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DEC 4

ACROSS

22           Thomas Becket was murdered in this cathedral

24           Not a she

26           This series of battles was known as The  –   –   –  (7,5,3)

DOWN

11           A dealer in textile fabrics

12           Point on the body where 44 Across was struck by an arrow at 21 Down

13           Vikings who settled in France became known as (6, 8)

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DEC 5

ACROSS

27           Italian poet 1265 – 1321

31           A move made in fencing

32           A heraldic charge used by the vikings

DOWN

18           Nowadays part of Belgium, in the Middle Ages this city was the capital of Flanders

21           Famous English battle in 1066

23           The other royal house involved in 1 Down

 

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DEC 6

ACROSS

33           Wheel indentation in the roads

34           First King of England with this name ascended the English throne in  1272

35           The first born of a king

DOWN

25           Count of Blois, King of England (1135 – 1154)

28           Son of Charles VII of France, grandson to 21 Across. King of France 1461 – 1483                          (name + number)

29           French royal house that reigned from 1328 – 1589 replacing the Capetian line

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DEC 7

ACROSS

37          Viking who colonised Greenland

38          Mischievous demon in folklore

42          An impression in a piece of wax

DOWN

30          16th Earl of Warwick known as ‘The Kingmaker’. His daughters married 90 Down and 82 Across

36          Won the English throne at the Battle of Towton. (name + number)

39          Archers on horseback were known as this type of infantry

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DEC 8

ACROSS

44           Last Anglo Saxon King of England (1022 – 1066)

45           Birthplace of 87 Down was Domremy, a small village in the province of ——-

47           Farm animal

DOWN

40           To decompose

41           Daughter of 36 Down, married 106 Across in order to bring an end to 1 Down

42           Commoner

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DEC 9

ACROSS

48          What every fighter wants to do

49          A combination of this and strength made a formidable fighter

50          To house 47 Across

DOWN

43          Not ‘out’

46          Sad song

52          The two sons of 36 Down became known as this when 82 Across took them into custody

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DEC 10

ACROSS

51           Ammunition shot from bows (singular)

53           Luxury condiment used on the high table

57           Traditional name of Highland outlaw from Clan McGregor (1671 – 1734)

DOWN

54           Arable land sown with legumes or grass; pastureland

55           The King known as Longshanks

56           Region of France with Dijon as its capital. Sported many famous Dukes

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DEC 11

ACROSS

58          Oneself

60          Ointment

61          Religious ceremonial act

DOWN

59          Royal house of England that took the throne from 82 Across – surname of 106 Across

63          This building in Paris has been an arsenal, fortress, a royal residence, prison and museum

67          Cease

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DEC 12

ACROSS

62           Used widely in food preparation

63           Most battles were fought in order to possess more of this

64           To sharpen the blades of swords

DOWN

68           A circular band of metal

73           Lover of Queen Isabella of France, wife to Edward II (first name)

75           Type of bow

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DEC 13

ACROSS

65          An early Scottish/English rank between Earl and Freeman who holds lands for the king

66          Archaic form of do

69          Wife of Henry Plantagenet

DOWN

77          Victor of 96 Down (name and number)

79          Singular

82          A heraldic device

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DEC 14

ACROSS

70           118 Across is one of these

71           Archaic form of does

72           Plaid

DOWN

83           Gascon family name who supported 87 Down. It became the name of the political party opposing the English

84           King of France 1137 – 1180 and married Eleanor of Aquitaine (name + number)

85           Surname of one of Henry VIII’s wives

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DEC 15

ACROSS

74          Birthplace of brother to the Black Prince. Father to 10 Down

76          English version of French word ‘non’

78          Peasants are usually (and sometimes wrongly) depicted covered in this

DOWN

86          Nickname of 17 Across because he received no major feoff from his father

87          17-year-old warrior who led the French against the English

88          Resin

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DEC 16

ACROSS

80           The handle of a sword

81           Scottish version of ‘John’

82           Brother to 36 Down. Depicted by Shakespeare as a hunchback (Name + number)

DOWN

89           Royal house to ascend the English throne in 1154

90           Brother to 36 Down – George, Duke of ——– supposedly drowned in a vat of wine

93           King of Scotland 1406 – 1437 (name + number)

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DEC 17

ACROSS

83          Two letter word used to indicate proximity

88          Conjunction word used to join words and phrases

89          First name of two of Henry VIII’s wives

DOWN

94          87 Down was known as ‘The Maid of ——-‘

96          Decisive battle in France in 1415

101        Surname of 73 Down

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DEC 18

ACROSS

91           A tot of rum

92           Queen of England for a total of nine days in 1553 (4,4)

95           Alcoholic beverage from molasses

97           Cathedral which houses one of the remaining four copies of 99 Across

DOWN

107         The main body of a church

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DEC 19

ACROSS

98          The metal mounting or trimming of a scabbard

99          Name of the charter signed in 14 Across (5,5)

100        To consume completely

101        Freely split in battle

DOWN

109        Thrusting weapon

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DEC 20

ACROSS

102         A member of the Indo-European people – Irish, Gaelic, Welsh & Breton

103         Alcoholic beverage from grapes

104         Precious stone

105         An arrangement of order especially in battles

DOWN

110         Beheaded at the Tower of London on May 19, 1536 (surname)

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DEC 21

ACROSS

106         Usurper of 82 Across, triumphant at the Battle of Bosworth (name + number)

108         Nowadays displayed in 63 Down

111         An inhabitant of the area south of Guyenne (Acquitaine). Musketeer D’Artagnan was one. (So are the Albrets and Armagnacs in Lions and Lilies)

DOWN

112         Colour of one of the flowers in 1 Down

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DEC 22

ACROSS

115         Scottish pants

117         Skill in dealing with delicate situations

118         Port in Picardy on the French side of the Straits of Dover

119         Welsh boys name and name of grandfather to 106 Across

DOWN

114         Successful ammunition used at 96 Down

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DEC 23

ACROSS

120         You, me, all of —

123         Surname of one of Henry VIII’s wives

124         Scottish dance

125         A law that protects oneself against defamation

DOWN

116         Wears a kilt

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DEC 24

ACROSS

126         Small town in France where the English burned 87 Down at the stake

127         Crowned King of Scotland at Scone in 1306 (6,3,5)

128         Edward II suffered a humiliating defeat here by 127 Across in 1314

DOWN

121         A Viking drinking vessel

122         Bears the acorn

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Lions and Lilies hope you have enjoyed our Christmas Medieval Crossword. We wish all our readers a very Merry Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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