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Crossword No. 1656

06 April 2023

by the Rt Revd David Thomson

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1 European flower festival (6)

4 Seemed monkey died grasping fruit (8)

10 Supercilious when denying three successive characters new choir robes (9)

11 Church plate starts to peel at the edges nastily (5)

12 Help towards understanding land (5)

13 Some church correspondents record he’s embracing Welsh woman (9)

14 Oval Ecstasy ­­­­— Nos 1 and 2 for Leicestershire slip somehow caught (7)

16 Unwilling husband following Abram’s nephew (4)

19 Applaud Liberal engaged in European farming policy (4)

21 Fairy for example returning with message finally from some point in space (7)

24 Gymnast cleric in minor orders putting bit of effort in, but driving nothing out (9)

25 Little bottle heard to make smooth progress at sea (5)

26 Penitential season of short slow movement (5)

27 Container of fluid that could be ‘drink hole’ (9)

28 Grand handouts abandoned (8)

29 Desire a high-church feature (6)


1 Song of praise last in extra set (8)

2 Great effort from saint with thick covering on broken leg (8)

3 Compline’s beginning in frenzied late dash (5)

5 Amount of pressure outside hotel — it’s to do with religious feast (7)

6 Short exhibition I sort out as interpreter (9)

7 Ceremonial performance slowing down university joined by a lecturer (6)

8 European tribe is happy initially (6)

9 School with space and energy for project (6)

15 Chum angry about minister’s original item handed out one Sunday in church (9)

17 Part of Mass sung badly is integral part of wicked idea (5,3)

18 Cardinal leads East Fife river-bank service in Holy Week (8)

20 Proceed, holding one suffering on Cross (7)

21 Artificial covering for each musical instrument (6)

22 French water needed by group to make wine (6)

23 Worker among group of stars in shed? (4-2)

25 Firm approves kitchen workers (5)

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