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Crossword No. 1653

24 February 2023

by Paul Henderson 

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1 Attain high point after directions in invented language (8)

5 Young creature bearing woman’s angelic figure (6)

10 Specially designed book, English, read aloud? (7)

11 Bowling style supports bagging last of wickets (3-4)

12 Church behind hill with faint illumination for Christmas processions? (10)

13 Very formal, avoiding second dispute (4)

15 Dubious old arrangement of stack and pile (9)

18 Acting role in a different place (5)

19 One struggles to produce trailing plants (5)

20 A founder upset about hospital? Inconceivable (7-2)

21 Impress some street children (4)

22 Claim adult is upset regarding Jewish legal code (10)

26 Quiet tape broadcast by expert (2,5)

27 Sound of support welcoming holy person  in cathedral city (7)

28 Greek character guided back at first, finding Greek town (6)

29 Broken-down car is beside untidy area in part of church (8)


1 Subject of vendor’s tiny (!) upset with Ahab? (7,8)

2 More sensible women’s group getting half of church talk (5)

3 Forecaster to support variety of theses (10)

4 Arabian made nice? Not entirely (5)

6 Exalted openings to hosannas in God’s house (4)

7 Agent free to accept fellow’s criticism (9)

8 Religious immunity from prosecution to occur? Officer gently dubious (7,2,6)

9 Bishop upset Henry repeatedly? Pretentious nonsense (4-4)

14 A female turned up, running an errand everywhere (3,3,4)

16 Copies distributed by friend of a bishop (9)

17 King going to America with the German religious campaigner (8)

23 The writer has joined two hundred coming to a religious centre (5)

24 Urban centres: I once overlooked names (5)

25 Expression of disappointment about closing of foremost abbey location (4)

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