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Crossword 1596

by
11 December 2020

by Revd Robert D. Carter

Across

1 Secret circle, I fancy, could be so (8)

9 Strange relation from the East (8)

10 Church social that sounds like something gloomy? (4)

11 Christmas present bringing open anger (12)

13 Funny repartee from bearer of first seasonal gift (4,4)

15 Series of notes made for festival (6)

16 Change with season turning (4)

17 Shadowy figure is good company (5)

18 Forces some to be tended by 2? (4)

20 Old trap reconnected to line (6)

21 Describes former home of Native Americans? (8)

23 ‘... and the leopard ______ with the kid’ (Isaiah 11:6, AV) (5,3,4)

26 See with unusual perception what may be unknown to mathematicians (4)

27 Competent with figures, getting cost attached to complicated menu (8)

28 Stood up to short holy woman dressed in crimson? (8)

 

Down

2 Nativity character accompanied by a crook? (8)

3 Set forth line to be changed in less familiar version of carol? (3,5,4)

4 Restore retreat (6)

5 My ______ king is one working in kitchen! (4)

6 One gives direction: ‘Sing out and stop messing about!’ (8)

7 School revealed information — fifty expelled (4)

8 A crossworder cannot be so stupid! (8)

12 Hosts come in to get retsina poured out (12)

14 Call up first lady — all right to butt in? (5)

16 Archdeacon and lad in e.g. act of worship (8)

17 Girl, one certainly not overweight,  inhabitant of Holy Land (8)

19 Church character from Greece tucked into yours truly’s bit of food (5,3)

22 Added note about covering confirmations (6)

24 They give poor support (4)

25 Permanently held in reverence (4)

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