Crossword 1409

by
10 March 2017

By Philip Marlow

Across

7 Chart pair concocted showing clerical authority (9)

8 Tribe starts to journey under duress, abandoning homeland (5)

10 Retract piece of paper about sullen shrine’s visitors (8)

11 Possible expertise priest initially is lacking in diocese (6)

12 Centre for heretics immersed in unconventional bible (4)

13 Utter what leftist demonstrator might chant? (8)

15 Saga dividing church with rector in Somerset village (7)

17 Love in the manner of an American songstress? (7)

20 Egyptian official with big stomach, one playing harp (8)

22 Endure verbal onslaught bishop delivered (4)

25 Collect, say, one offering fee? About right (6)

26 Greek character featured in second churchyard feature, maybe (8)

27 Fool seals Catholic backing in fight (5)

28 Like a bishop, more optimistic in church synod finally (9)

 

Down

1 Day associated with keen founder of holy city (5)

2 Thrifty friar leading couples from ugly altarpieces (6)

3 The Italian entering spartan area in magnificent church (8)

4 Wrongly, I chose Western as winter-style entertainment (3,4)

5 Condescending head of a religious order (8)

6 Set of questions a chemist formulated about origin of creation (9)

9 Fast spiel entertaining in part (4)

14 The company set up zestful sort of regime (9)

16 Mary and I converted cheesy worker? (8)

18 Sanctity? Hint of it instilled in old TV quiz host Bob (8)

19 Fundamental right seized by holy woman in Bible (7)

21 Former minister picked up in auditorium (4)

23 Identical line capturing essence of young prophet (6)

24 Spiritual being contributing to evangelism (5)

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