Every month I enjoy tackling the cryptic puzzle in Harper's magazine. The December one that came this week is particularly frustrating. I've figured out the 24 words in the clues, but I'm facing the task of fitting them into the dodecahedron.
The instructions note that there are 12 letters left over after "subtracting" the five-letter answers from the 6-letter answers, and those 12 letters will spell "the name of the holiday person to whom the puzzle is dedicated." (no indication whether that "name" is a proper name or an occupation or other descriptor and whether it is one word or two or three).
Here are the 12 letters: BEGIIILNNRRV
If I could figure out how to rearrange those 12 letters into a name, the rest of the solution would fall into place more easily. Even Wordsmith's excellent Internet Anagram Server couldn't come up with any relevant one- to six-word solution - but perhaps names are not in its database.