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Crossword No. 1155 by the Revd Robert D. Carter

Across

 8 Become attached as a child initially to Mediterranean island (7)

 9 Patriarch’s wife’s brew of beer leads to king acting  horrendously (7)

11 Lamentations heard in ‘Land of my Fathers’ (5)

12 Can their symbol of love transform holy man? (9)

13 Leave Saul slurping hot spicy stew (7)

14 Minister’s exceptionally wise pieces in Church Times? (7)

15 Biblical king covering one large area (4)

17 Bird once found in water round castle, having lost tail (3)

19 Reflective act (4)

21 Church has a novel cure for traditional tale-teller (7)

24 Slouches about in low church, then starts to expound Scripture (7)

27 Arranging men having meal around start of afternoon (9)

28 Border added to new material (5)

29 Oriental festival on first of November (7)

30 Part of vehicle taking Anne out all over the place (7)

Diagonal

 1-31 Lancashire town, one with zero reasoning ability, taking on a novice churchly-orientated (15)

Down

 1 Listen furtively to organ — something hairy! (6)

 2 Head backs CU topics being dealt with (8)

 3 ‘To Him which divided the _____ into parts’. (Ps. 136:13, AV) (3,3)

 4 Angels EMI orchestrated with harps (8)

 5 Incomplete architectural ornamentation results in probe (6)

 6 Jack gets sorted out and forgiven (8)

 7 On Sunday church always comforts (6)

10 Liquid knocked over on iron implement (5)

16 Historical documents revealing chief Cornish saint (8)

18 Extremely powerful light may flicker (8)

20 Unusual and hence increased in value (8)

21 Enoch’s surprisingly like one of his people (6)

22 Dean’s wandering around in the mountains (5)

23 Comes from above, it’s said, and exercises kingly rule (6)

25 Heather follows old king casting amorous glances (6)

26 Wicked and corrupt fun is ultimate in evil (6)

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