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Crossword No. 1550

13 December 2019

by the Revd Robert D. Carter


1 Don’t eat quickly. (4)

3 Additions made by a parish priest prior to formality in conclusions (10)

9 Votes against organ being heard (4)

10 Appropriate name that is used in religious community (10)

12 Counter manoeuvre against leader of dissent punished severely (8)

13 Awkwardly ask Rome, without introductory letter, for an incense-burner? (6)

15 Characters in this collection of books could be most talented (3,9)

18 Man’s dim sight restored in service (8,4)

21 Dine out in part of London — it’s like paradise (6)

22 Faultless occupant of the Vatican (8)

24 Fellows taking time in Advent, expressing opinion (10)

25 Close showing some fine architecture (4)

26 Herb and Penelope hug — first sign of affection emerging (10)

27 Concerning hearers in 15A, mostly unfriendly (4)



1 Performance of sacrament administered after first of February (8)

2 Drugs offering heavenly bodies? Not initially (8)

4 Type of Christian with rotten past transformed (10)

5 Sin of loveless messenger (4)

6 Religious group having absolute power captivating leaderless men (12)

7 Limits use of diabolical oath in Civil Service (6)

8 Sarcastic humour at being taken in by Father (6)

11 At home I deny I felt bad endlessly (12)

14 Wise men enter in and sing wildly fanciful ideas (10)

16 Pacification needed with a parish priest being denied legal right (8)

17 Secret circle weirdly gathering about one could be so (8)

19 Part of service offered by a brewer? (3,3)

20 Terrible moaners not wanting a part of the service (6)

23 Guiding light beginning, not ending (4)

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