Crossword No. 977

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29 September 2008

by Don Manley

Across

 1  City, hard place for an incumbent to work in (6)

 4  Our spire is crumbling, boss! (8)

 9  Yearn to hug Violet, being affectionate (6)

10  A quiet little man admitting sound of bells was attractive (8)

12  After game artist sits by lake in the country (5)

13  Troubled a lot, I’m one affected by feelings (9)

14  In act befitting a pastor, tries somehow to get into underground work (11)

17  Type of Christian to show conceit — halo misplaced! (3-8)

21  Church of England left barbarous without leader — or heavenly? (9)

22  Duke enters country hidden (5)

23  One baring all creating terrible stir, a nut? (8)

24  Good article about a place where Christian council was held (6)

25  Hesitation in church — little yen on Monday for a service? (8)

26  Car? Mary mentioned her low one (6)

Down

 1  Beer carried around by steely travellers (8)

 2  Rector always coming to the close — style him/her thus (8)

 3  Bachelors and spinsters may get some kissing lessons (7)

 5  A French academic, one to sit on a piece of furniture like Onesimus of old? (12)

 6  Time for prayer in church — or ironing? (7)

 7  I would hang around without hesitation, doing nothing (6)

 8  Theologian gripped by anger — something puzzling (6)

11  ‘Go on, be sinner!’ — that’d be odd for a bishop! (4,8)

15  A gal on air, swirling around in opera (8)

16  A minister keeping cold and correct (8)

17  Number wanting good person with weird remedy (7)

18  Poetic priest dances to entertain relations (7)

19  Like holy image, one given study and inspiring churchgoers initially (6)

20  Surprising result in the province (6)

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