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Crossword No. 1016

by Margaret Irvine

Across

1 Priestly instinct’s something set aside at Christmas feast (7,4)

9 Brighten up flat housing learner in Ulster (7)

10 Figure from dean’s side of choir shortly about to leave (7)

11 Empathetic priest getting communications from debtor (9)

12 Get overheated, say, looking back on transgression (5)

13 Hypocrisy of bank (4)

14 Saul’s homes converted into dwellings for the poor (10)

16 Iffy offering guest treated with grace? (7,3)

19 Attack bishops in receipt of award (4)

20 Section of Haggai’s learnt as passage for church (5)

21 One might order tea in bars (9)

23 Ray not so happy changing sides (7)

24 Popular service includes exercises? How we wish to depart! (2,5)

25 Farmer grew a hybrid, bringing unfair hostility (4,7)

Down

 1 Cops in single car sorted out road between traffic lights (7,8)

 2 Vagabond King finished (5)

 3 Personal ambition that lets the side down (3,4)

 4 One saint’s kept under by miserable people causing unnecessary pain? (7)

 5 Commander about to go on holy hill for special event (8)

 6 Fete event? Say prayer — OAP n-nods off in it (3-3-5,4)

 7 Bill’s extra rush to attend church? (7,6)

 8 Infuriate queen drinking highland water from holy vessel (7-6)

15 Flag seen when king goes aboard vessel (8)

17 Odds on pointer finding bird? (7)

18 Row in support of theatre cat becomes more stormy (7)

22 First class letter (5)

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