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Crossword No. 1654

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10 March 2023

by Geoff Millin

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Across

1 Bishop’s communication — glib talk about everything in reserve (8,6)

9 Musician sang with riot out of control (8)

10 On piano get to send a message (6)

11 David’s adviser and his close friend dispatching little woman (6)

12 Sort of support transforming a bedroom (8)

13 Failure of plan with brain too fuddled (8)

16 The girl, almost a goddess (6)

17 Town street exists with fifty leaving (2,4)

19 Travel with son quietly in good action — bon voyage! (8)

21 Guard in diocese protecting New Testament in Latin (8)

22 Islam’s transformed a book for the masses (6)

24 Bill joins a secret agency as a plant (6)

25 Giggling, maybe subsequently suppressing a word of disgust (8)

26 A pestilent Scot, new church member (4)

Down

2 A set of three mostly seen in church vestibules (5)

3 Shortened school period engaging each person therein? (7)

4 Abdicate, abandoning son to be monarch (5)

5 Some exalted men are talking about Roman site (7)

6 One in secret scheme, not very worried about being taken advantage of (9)

7 Quiver as choirboy round start of Mass (7)

8 Total abstainer concerned with tea and a snack (9)

14 Bishop, say, with vessel for plant (9)

15 To provide a hint, I sing a tune badly — not good (9)

18 After tax, I am able to afford a palace in Rome (7)

19 Famous Italian lake, not the last to have duck (7)

20 Father and son going to church almost the whole of Easter (7)

22 Top place for sermon? (5)

23 Holy interjections when gathering fellows (5)

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