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Crossword No. 1590

25 September 2020

by Margaret Irvine


1 Northern town park warden picked up shrub (9)

6 Starts to laugh in church ­— it’s not forbidden (5)

9 Elegist penning verse for easy money (5)

10 Reporting stray bird’s cries is a hopeless task (4,5)

11 German regularly turning to praise in part of service between epistle and gospel (7)

12 Old subversive theologian I found breaking instrument? (7)

13 Time of schism’s so short, I am not converted (3,11)

17 Crusading commander, being safe, ordered me thither (5,3,6)

21 Loony leader in Telegraph that hurt editor (7)

23 Sensitive performance not quite complete, behind time (7)

25 Auntie’s DJ surprisingly a patron of 10s (5,4)

26 Dramatically locks up family responsible for fiddles (5)

27 Mount close to Emmaus whence water’s drawn (5)

28 Witness European agreement in recurrent memos (3,4,2)



1 Arrogant way to enter suburban area with cemetery (8)

2 Goddess needing a support to stand up (5)

3 Exchanging euro, say, we return to original state (2,3,4)

4 Astronomer from Jesus’ homeland abandoning last love (7)

5 Revolting mob, alas, the cause of David’s grief? (7)

6 Plain clue uncovered by detectives (5)

7 Like many churches from Channel Islands, in vintage condition (9)

8 Bound to engage queen in rows (6)

14 River needing more direct route — I have to be concerned with administration (9)

15 Nation ruled by priests — they will accommodate rise of motor firm (9)

16 Where one animal’s housed no-one mounted horse (8)

18 Duets with me playing settings of Latin hymn (2,5)

19 Appeal to men rejecting male doctor? (7)

20 Former state police initially securing equilibrium (6)

22 Inn in great demand disheartened evangelical (5)

24 Is wary of attention in case of fuss (5)

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