Crossword No. 1537

by
13 September 2019

 by Brian Jefferson

Across

1 I’m tired of being beaten — and ashamed (9)

6 Outgoing payment putting one in financial difficulty (5)

9 Five central to Christmas story (5)

10 Tots wandering round very old church whispering? (5,4)

11 True ones still hope to swill beer with Elvis (9)

12 Peer quits match (5)

13 Successful parliamentary candidates do this after they stand (3)

14 Teams drying up, delivering a glancing blow (11)

17 Reserve quiet seasonal workforce to make library furniture (11)

20 Period in close range (3)

21 Animal left overturned in going for another animal (5)

23 Puts off issuing treatise in Norfolk town (9)

24 Most brittle outcome from terrible pet crisis (9)

25 Relative has African party in New York (5)

27 Annoying broadcaster following exercise class (5)

28 Witch sounding like she’s quite a feminine dish! (9)

 

Down

1 Fellows given the last word beginning to leave (3)

2 Unfortunately, live near riotous rebels (15)

3 Maladies getting one left repeatedly with scrambled senses (9)

4 I sent out notice as an alternative (7)

5 Hates regular features of oddest websites (7)

6 Carver, perhaps, from complete unit (5)

7 The light of life (15)

8 Hooligan set to upset students of religion (11)

11 Dance between bottom and top, sporting hat (8,3)

15 Fish skin loses phosphorus (3)

16 Urn in case, specially made cover (9)

18 Never stopping to offer some friend lessons (7)

19 Tourist displays sex appeal in eye shade (7)

22 Maybe smear on a soft layer (5)

26 Positive response coming from rectory, essentially (3)

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