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Crossword No. 1598

31 December 2020


1 Fixed time in which to get a word of prayer? That appears to be beyond us (9)

6 King, one having the final decision with victory (5)

9 Language of revolutionary greeting (7)

10 Container for incense that could be bizarre (7)

11 Ecclesiastical garment Runcie trimmed twice? (4)

12 Awful grey male in clique? Could be the vicar (9)

14 Tries to be an abstainer, new step around beginning of March (8)

15 Accelerator is some pedal in a car (5)

16 A good beast for a feast (5)

18 Self being inflicted with pain for all of one’s years (8)

20 A biblical female and a biblical male in West Country city (9)

21 King of the Amalekites is a joke! (4)

24 Not entirely formal, a child’s book (7)

25 Spots one on journey after period preceding Easter (7)

26 What we must have observed in retrospect, dean being trapped (5)

27 Weak king’s father left during month in an oversentimental manner (9)



1 Bone of female bird needing bit of research (5)

2 Food that coin collector hopes to find? (7)

3 Member of choir appearing in recital tomorrow (4)

4 Pi policeman, as is possibly found in Anglican set-up (15)

5 Two athletes struggling with flab — they came down the mountain (7,2,3,3)

6 To preach the gospel to temptress divine messenger is being brought in (10)

7 Pentecost on isle for a poet (7)

8 Like a nasty ruler, no nicer after conversion (7)

13 Considers hallowed river, always wanting new scene (10)

16 White book ends with The Revelation (7)

17 Forgive a bishop (loves to be awkward) (7)

19 Lydia perhaps not the first to be suffering (7)

22 Magnificence of grand parrot (5)

23 Not in favour of a part of the Bible, this writer (4)

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