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Crossword No. 991 by Geoff Millin

12 January 2009


 1 Garden plant: offered with a mother’s flattery (5,7)

 9 Hasty diner eats seconds for boost (7)

10 Irish saint, an explorer getting America for us (7)

11 Part of church portraying Jack, but not King (4)

12 Song about Italian non-professionals (5)

13 Ring central part of Jewish greeting (4)

16 Priest whose rod is 1 across (5)

17 Pure as the swirling river of Babylon (9)

19 Police officer or popular spook for listeners (9)

21 Headdress — an artist has it back to front (5)

23 Wine, shelter (4)

24 Strength — a small amount by the sound of it (5)

26 A poet, the reverse of dull and monotonous (4)

29 Confused initially, Harry learnt to charm (7)

30 River in close season for resolutions (3,4)

31 Garden plant: unaccompanied half-day’s marine creature (8,4)


 2 Set free from sin in communist uprising (7)

 3 Part of alchemy that’s folklore (4)

 4 Steadfast people entering at heaven’s dome (9)

 5 A northerner’s racecourse (5)

 6 Duck on Eastern river (4)

 7 Reprimand an innocent person — a saint (7)

 8 Garden plant: Jack with a horse’s means of mounting (6,6)

 9 Garden plant: mountain preserve in family diagram (8-4)

14 Find Exodus — bit of book that’s hidden (5)

15 Anger shown by phantom, one disappearing (5)

18 Temple of Greek god including ruined throne (9)

20 Hymn in a sacred place mostly on the Sabbath (7)

22 Tree-lined walk in the style of Mediterranean avenue primarily (7)

25 This religion is a hit (5)

27 An examination in morality (4)

28 Woolly creatures to exploit, we hear (4)

Last week's solution

Christmas Books Supplement Crossword

The three winners of the Church Times Christmas Books Supplement crossword were

Rosemary Willott of Wells;

Prebendary C.C.H. Cook of Durham;

Mrs Alex Sanders of Bunbury.

Each receives a copy of Art: The definitive visual guide by Andrew Graham-Dixon. This year’s prizes were kindly donated by Dorling Kindersley.

Christmas Books Supplement solution

The authors were: 9A Simenon; 11A Sayers; 17A Christie; 19A Dexter; 21A Biggers; 26A Chandler; 2D Spillane; 5D Doyle; 8D Charteris; 15D Gardner.

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