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Christmas Prize Crossword

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Across 
 1 Let him be the new source of exaltation as one from the place with no inn (12)

 7 The cries may come from these unorthodox believers (8)

12 White robe choirs must get sorted out before Mass (7)

13 Annoyance with risk involved (4)

14 Right of patronage causes a fellow to be interrupted by promises (8)

16 Quick to make a volte-face? That’s wicked (4)

17 Great feeling and drama in portrayal of religious events (7,4)

18 One possessing right to be in place in the Holy Land (4)

21 Old boy recently one dedicated to monastic life (6)

22 Sums up degrees : odd characters getting bad marks (7)

23 Manage somehow to obtain a sobriquet (6)

27 Inscription in Religious Instruction (4)

28 Aged parson, I’ll get excited by unusual Christmas present from lover (5,1-7)

33 Sorry police got a roasting (10)

34 Being officially certified, CID reacted badly (10)

36 After season with bad form, old cricketer is to sink into bad habits (4,4,5)

37 Some of the flock getting knocked about in disputes (4)

40 A religious symbol on the other side (6)

42 Most colourful stories shockingly written (7)

44 Behind house Greek character entertains new priest (6)

47 What may be used in Eucharist, might you say? Small illustrations (4)

48 Obviously not a system for ‘fair’ trading (5,6)

49 Chief among regular churchgoers (4)

52 Crazy features of Christmas (8)

53 Case for sewers in the Tuileries (4)

54 Team Rector’s primarily coming with endless stamp of authority — show fear (7)

55 Jewish ways of thought creating rare quake around academic institute (8)

56 Traditional group of present-bearers could show new items here (5,4,3)

Down 
 1 Bach's first chorale improvised for male ‘soloist’ (8)

 2 Inspiring fear, the heartless bishop wants Scriptures unopened (8)

 3 Have an inclination to make a record of all the things wanted from Father Christmas? (4)

 4 Suitable volume for music-making in church (6)

 5 Disliking mama’s silly present coming sometime after Christmas Day (5,1-7)

 6 Obey the call to enter the church (4,6)

 8 Aim to get listener’s cause to be given esteem (6)

 9 Son of Isaac taking way — the wrong way! (4)

10 Popular religious group with a class of little creatures (7)

11 Seeing that church overcome by 16 (5)

15 Leader of 36 going off — a feature of church? (4)

19 Stiff and so holier-than-thou initially, frightfully aloof (11)

20 Like a race that could make one go and gasp no end (3-3-5)

24 Oasis I need badly — good for sheltering (6)

25 Sacked biblical king gets support in a hot spot (7)

26 RC laity confused? Freedom from obscurity is what’s needed (7)

29 No public worship from government agents (6,7)

30 A bit from a Letter to the Corinthians? (4)

31 A binding affair has been renegotiated (6)

32 Christmas publication not very short (4)

35 Capital contest featured in foreign periodical (5,5)

38 Angelic beings able to dispose of much brie (8)

39 A number disturbed by the genie (8)

41 Recover as result of fantastic miracle (7)

43 No longer part of initiation ceremony (4)

45 Timely reminder to ensure Christians awake! (6)

46 ‘What shall I do, because I have no room where to ____    my fruits?’ (Luke 12:17, AV) (6)

47 Prepares gifts for posting — and sets of cards (5)

50 Sunday outfit provides a source of amusement (4)

51 Congregational forms of worship (4)

Three copies of Angels by Jane Williams (Lion, 2006), generously donated by the publisher, will be waraded for the first three correct solutions opened.

Completed entried should arrive in the Church Times office by 17 January. The solution and the names of the winners will be published on Friday 26 January. Send your entry to:

Christmas Crossword,
Church Times,
33 Upper Street,
London N1 0PN.

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