Hi there puzzle pilgrims, last night's live LTPF event has inspired me to end my puzzle setting sabbatical.
Many of you will, no doubt, have a trigger event that formally opens the Christmas season for you. For some it's the 1st December for others it might be a shopping trip or the lights being switched on in your town.
For my (rather quirky) daughter the trigger event is a bit left field . She sees something and then loudly proclaims 'Right! It's now officially Christmas' .
Does this trigger occur much earlier than one would expect, like early in November? Could this trigger occur in multiple places around the world or is it something more local? Is it related to an annual event that isn't related to Christmas but happens around the same time each year?
Does this trigger occur much earlier than one would expect, like early in November? No it's about mid December Could this trigger occur in multiple places around the world or is it something more local? It could but in her case it's local Is it related to an annual event that isn't related to Christmas but happens around the same time each year? No it's neither an annual event nor one specific to Christmas. I wouldn't describe it as an event as such but it's a tad subjective.
Is a particular foodstuff relevant? Yes Would non-quirky people associate this foodstuff with Christmas? With winter? No to both Is ti relevant that the food is there? Well it has to be there for this to happen but it's not only there at Christmas if that's what you mean. That it is not there?
Does this always happen on a specific date? Fairly specific, certainly within a window of a day or two A specific period? See previous answer A specific part of the month (Third Thursday in December, for example)? Not like this but it does happen around the same time each December
Is it a seasonal item? Is it specifically Irish? Is the store at which it's sold relevant? The company that makes it? No to all Is a pun relevant? Strangely for me no.
Does she buy the item? Does anyone else relevantly buy it? If so, someone in her household? Is the item used differently near Christmas than at other times of the year? Is the smell of the beverage relevant? The colour?
Does she buy the item? No she doesn't Does anyone else relevantly buy it? Her Mother and I buy it but not really relevant If so, someone in her household? See previous Is the item used differently near Christmas than at other times of the year? Not at all Is the smell of the beverage relevant? No The colour? and no again I'm afraid
Is it milk? Yes A milk product? Is it tasty? Does it expire quickly? Pretty quickly as you now know Is the amount of drink bought at once relevant? Is the store where it's bought relevant? Stores closing during Christmas relevant? No to the rest
Is the expiry date on the milk either post-Xmas or post-New Year's? (I use this to encourage myself or look forward to things - "By the time this expires, I'll be on vacation" or whatever.) That'll do nicely.
My daughter officially declares Christmas season open when the expiry date on the milk carton is either Christmas eve or Christmas day depending on when we buy it. That'll be the 17th December or thereabouts. It's one way of kicking it off I guess . For me it's not Christmas until I catch myself singing 'Stop the Cavalry' hence the puzzle title.
Well done Jen and Lemoncurry (who PM'd a spoiler to me) and thanks to all who played this little festive distraction.