Crossword No. 1423

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16 June 2017

By Paul Henderson

Across

9 Novella elaborating social charms with art (1,9,5)

10 Fellow almost cheers where St Paul was shipwrecked (5)

11 Backward-looking line held by unhappy agnostic (9)

12 Choral work’s attempt at theme, omitting repeated element... (6,5)

14 ...and not number before choir’s finale (3)

15 Book from more stupefied saint (7)

17 A new set in charge of virtuous people? (7)

19 Roman house god observed in Capitol area (3)

20 Small set of TV programmes including time covering vicar’s duties? (11)

22 Church leader, mostly up-to-date, backing schedule (9)

24 Profundity of French part the source of hope? (5)

26 Announcement early in book— the French will get very secure about the agitator (3,5,2,5)

 

Down

1 Friend getting married under Biblical tree (4)

2 Woman making translation of Hamlet (6)

3 A newspaper probing crime in church-owned building (8)

4 Church builder, perhaps, disrupted not one... (5-5)

5 ...such church service, occupying triforium as suggested (4)

6 Church turned up place to hide cake (6)

7 Speaking about one alcoholic drink, coming up with new ideas (8)

8 Potentially shocking tale cleric elaborated (10)

12 Sadly smelling rat, dismissing last of inferior whisky (6,4)

13 Exercising of brains etc. about right to make copy (10)

16 Poet married her editor, spurning other ranks unwisely (8)

18 Lied outrageously, in dull surroundings, exhibiting avarice (8)

20 Mary’s sister that mostly will follow Mary (mostly) (6)

21 Censure one Member’s joke about leader in Government (6)

23 Go off new routine, being upset (4)

25 Unpleasant emotion encountered in church at Ely (4)

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