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Crossword No. 1666

25 August 2023

by Paul Henderson

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7 Severe English from clerical novelist (6)

8 Cleric, fellow I encountered in network (8)

9 British flowering plant husband trimmed in an idle moment (8)

10 Popular religious group — something with a buzz? (6)

11 The writer: so healthy, on reflection, old fellow (10)

13 The end of time you found in the Bible (4)

14 Arab greeting rebuffed by mother, unfortunately (6)

15 Cleric to have meal, inviting four or six in (6)

19 The choir will capture something commonly heard in large churches (4)

21 Member of congregation, uncommon grouch, entertained by a female American performer (6-4)

22 More prepared to overlook one person at the lectern? (6) 

23 Friend welcoming second obscure hymn writer (8)

25 Attractive feature in résumé revised in retirement (8)

26 Charity concert involving French wine (6)


1 Sailor with the French on board, offering no navigational aids? (8)

2 Concert venue possibly abandoning new field (4)

3 Chapel has debt rearranged around end of June (8)

4 Church area in European city (capital of Hungary) (6)

5 Holes are finally found in garments? A narrow escape (5,5)

6 Cleric upset group of friends (6)

8 Leaders of choir are ruling out last season’s seasonal songs (6)

12 Religious sacrament, entirely on the radio, with requested items (4,6)

16 Supervising change of gear after short distance (2,6)

17 Still good to include boy in service (8)

18 Curious effort — no end of church uproar (6)

20 Off-white sheets (lots!) blocking opening of church yard (6)

21 Cleric taking old car round university (6)

24 Some gloom over initiative (4)

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