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Crossword No. 990 by Philip Marlow

by
05 January 2009

Across

 1, 19 across, 16 down  Decrepit chap with car beginning to sort administrative work at home, detaining priest to produce book for church (10,8,9)

 6 On reflection some belittle baleful OT character (4)

10 Dip with a lot of sweetener, something for tea? (4,3)

11 Theologian, one of five, engaged in a question endlessly (7)

12 Church composer and poet with house facing cathedral city (7,7)

14 Collapse disheartened Victorian moralist John (4)

15 Changed direction at college and called to account? (6,2)

19 See 1 across

20 Incite movement in crowd lacking leader (4)

23 High Church figures closing a latch possibly after entry to abbey (14)

26 Fancy statement by opponent of modern drug? (7)

27 Opening anthem favoured by US city without first couple of notes (7)

28 OT drunkard starts to notice old alcoholic haunts (4)

29 One predicting very good holy books before hard year’s out (10)

Down

 1 Young reporter on a Caribbean island (4)

 2 It’s permitted to keep article illegitimately gained? (9)

 3 Famous film about two bishops consuming a dish (6)

 4 Drugs initially lacking for those having property? (6)

 5 Tie a dull person changes finally (4,4)

 7 Everyday section of suburban altar (5)

 8 Stimulant at first stays in celebrated feast (4,6)

 9 Female athlete heard in this part of ship (7)

13 Newman, say, followed reportedly by heretic (10)

16 See 1 across

17 Features in communion promoted to appear with old boy in charge (7)

18 Two girls penning English verse in European city (8)

21 Plant opposed to waste? (6)

22 Governor’s seen without single pieces of armour (6)

24 Country in thorough anarchy (5)

25 Prison commotion (4)

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