Crossword

Prize crossword 0561

Cryptic across

1 Cell-phone centre in Alabama? (6)
4 Book to ban at university and church (6)
9 Switch to boost signals on the roof, perhaps (2,3)
10 Language is a Latin one corrupted (7)
11 Untrustworthy woman, not completely healthy, is sent back to food store in the van (7)
12 Greek island church’s interior mural at heart depicts something that’s divinely flowing (5)
13 Mahler’s sane reworking of The King of Assyria? (11)
18 Stand-in’s place in Rome’s an object case (5)
20 Offence at America’s opening of naval base results in war with Russia (7)
22 Shape-shifter scribbled, reportedly, in bodily fluid (7)
23 Sleep as close to dawn as twelve (5)
24 Hindus add hundreds in support of a holy man (6)
25 Hares and rabbits risk injury: shooting starts here in Scotland (6)

Cryptic down

1 Religious ceremony on Thursday for peacekeepers in an unstable year (6)
2 LP booth is out of order, my good man (7)
3 Copy, within lines, area of a badge (5)
5 It’s a lady covering for one from an early Christian sect (7)
6 Ahaz’s priest’s outlaw father’s gone – you texted in his place (5)
7 Country without a yearning (6)
8 Persians’ belief in him scimitar shattered (11)
14 Archbishop’s place to walk to in song (7)
15 Aaron’s son’s real zeal’s strangely missing in the end (7)
16 Cut the middle way through the gas to reach Mary’s husband (6)
17 High Priest one’s forgotten seeking pineapple in France (6)
19 Fish irregularly, even going online in Luxembourg, for something nebulous (5)
21 Deity to follow at home, half-monster (5)

Quick across

1 Flight of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina in 622, marking the beginning of the Muslim era (variant spelling) (6)
4 Old name for Nova Scotia, before the ejection of the French and their resettling in Louisiana (6)
9 Federico Garcia —–, poet assassinated in the Spanish Civil War (5)
10 The ——-: event when Christian believers are transported from the Earth before Christ’s second coming (7)
11 Historian (56-120 AD) who wrote major histories of Rome (7)
12 John —–, formerly Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols (5)
13 Roman emperor who made Christianity the Empire’s official religion (11)
18 Tom —–, Oscar nominated for his performance as Mozart in Amadeus (1984) (5)
20 Small Welsh boat used for river fishing and transport (7)
22 Descendant of Saul, a son of Azel (7)
23 Emblematic pole (5)
24 Bandage, wrap (6)
25 Styx ferryman (6)

Quick down

1 Serfs, villeins bound to the land in the Middle Ages (6)
2 First town taken in the Promised Land by the Israelites under Joshua (7)
3 Change, chemically: respond, strike back (5)
5 Family name of Shakespeare’s Juliet (7)
6 Ancient Celtic pagan priest (5)
7 Lake ——, Italian name for a mythological entrance to the underworld (6)
8 Missionary who travelled with Paul and was with him when imprisoned in Rome (11)
14 Settlements mentioned in Joshua of the same name, one prefixed by ‘Beth-’, the other ‘En-’ (7)
15 Seleucus I ——-, first of his family who would rule Palestine between Alexander and the Romans (7)
16 Ancient capital of Upper Egypt (6)
17 Peak in the Bible sometimes referred to as Sirion (6)
19 Region of Asia Minor, a Roman province from the 4th century (5)
21 Gag (5)


Crossword answers

Cryptic answers to No 0560: Across: 7 Maon, 8 Apollyon, 9 Rephidim, 10 Styx, 11 Etonian, 13 Shrek,
15 Elihu, 17 Barbuda, 20 Imam, 21 Claudius, 23 Anatolia, 24 Elam. Down: 1 Yale, 2 Inchon, 3 Sand bar, 4 Tommy, 5 Elasah, 6 Holyhead, 12 Telemann, 14 Galahad, 16 Hamath, 18 Badger, 19 Scull, 22 Utah.

Quick answers to No 0560: Across: 7 Tate, 8 Caesarea, 9 Ramayana, 10 Nash, 11 Iapetus, 13 Choux, 15 Micah, 17 Hawk-eye, 20 Jair, 21 Act of God, 23 Nazarene, 24 Amos. Down: 1 Zama, 2 Hecate, 3 Oceanus, 4 Menai, 5 Hannah, 6 Dewsbury, 12 Abinadab, 14 Matthew, 16 Airman, 18 Kaftan, 19 Fates, 22 Oxon.


Crossword winners

Winners (0559 Cryptic): Sue Marsh, Tunbridge Wells, Kent; Dr Gregory Porilo, London SW17.

Winners (0559 Quick): Ursula Donnelly, Waringstown, County Down; John Geary, Romford, Essex.


Sudoku 0561


Solution 0560

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Answers in by October 3