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Crossword No. 1556

31 January 2020

by Geoff Millin


1 A gain when one hears a proclaimer of God’s message (6)

5 Great service about drink and drugs primarily evokes high praise (8)

9 Special Constable holds quiet radio, out of order — intermittent (8)

10 Not entirely immaculate — there’s a spot (6)

11 Holy and abstinent PM (4)

12 The right of bestowing benefices takes time in manse without son (9)

14 Care — table needs shifting around middle of one tent for worship! (10)

15 A spectacle and what you need to behold it, reportedly (4)

16 Navy, for example, and where it may be found (4)

18 A promise to change name e.g. when involved with gent (10)

21 Evangelists —‘reapers’ possibly outside church? (9)

22 Call fellow back before end of service (4)

24 I’m stuck between rector and priest, following quiet little fellow (6)

25 E.g. Paul, evangelist primarily, saint in peril at sea (8)

26 Crow’s-feet, with right and left eyes primarily in crumpled skin (8)

27 Outcast, accepted becoming socialised initially, in church environment (6)



2 Bit of pottery, a relic possibly, but not the original (7)

3 Like the earliest computers for husband-and-wife gardeners? (5,10)

4 A season that comes and goes regularly (4)

5 A Roman Catholic shelters a gypsy woman, very old (7)

6 Hopeless romance e.g. involving Latin treasurer (10)

7 Wasting hrs, lone Scotsmen — looking for this? (4,4,7)

8 The Joy of French illumination (7)

13 Space adjoining place of worship that could be seen in palace, then? (10)

17 Dog to stagger in front of Queen (7)

19 Good area next to road, being horticultural patches (7)

20 A biblical book for cardinals? (7)

23 Floppy disc holding one megabyte originally (4)

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