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3 January

03 January 2020

Crossword No. 1552 by Philip Marlow


1 Doubting sort agitated a host about Mass (6)

4 Source of religiosity in pontiff close to Easter? That’s dignified (6)

9 Register in chapel is taken (4)

10 Meditative husband amid hard time starts to feel unusually lonely (10)

11 Woman of habit, one retained by company for papal envoy (6)

12 A small piece probing some revolutionary Semitic people (8)

13 Backing for musical instrument beginning to hearten some in Christian festival (8)

15 Greek deity protected by another ostensibly (4)

16 Fellow of advanced years in congregation (4)

17 Old man carrying note, endlessly severe, is captain of the guard (8)

21 Girl with wave excited figure in the legal system (8)

22 Overpowering activity takes journalist around island on first of January (6)

24 Nice cantor sadly gets to collapse (10)

25 Recall atmosphere in final judgment (4)

26 Priest appears in official work that stands out? (6) 27 Somnolent look about shelter (6)



1 Sign of approval from clan about central elements of duty (7)

2 Measure of drink applying to Christmas in Egypt first off (5)

3 A set of holy books I love on church place for early
Christians (7)

5 Tabloid with label for the rabble (6)

6 A part I played leading Catholic hospital as senior bishop (9)

7 With no end of mischief, people who deny source of news? (7)

8 Special man — I’m in colour — I’m seen near the altar (9,4)

14 Difficulty over US soldier cited not half for showing unsound reasoning (9)

16 Relish support around beginning of Lent (7)

18 Abraham’s son concocted sham and lie (7)

19 Cleric’s residence is in guide Di overlooked (7)

20 A bit of the bible is opposed (6)

23 Book about good and Justice? (5)

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