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Prize crossword 0582

Cryptic across
5 Egyptian on times’s first drink leads to a new, doddery nadir (11)
7 The soul of holy crusaders, evident in battle here (4)
8 Geordie’s reportedly gone environmental: it’s infectious (8)
9 Commercial opening for the December programme (6)
10 With Avon, one of the 11 after Branagh’s final two characters are cut (6)
11 American also has deep-seated arteries (6)
14 Paul’s dear friend’s finally leaving Iran for Spain, in the west (6)
16 Dream phone is in stock? (8)
17 Aaron’s grandad – the first name in jeans! (4)
18 Arsenal Shem designed for Assyrian king (11)

Cryptic down
1 Look out, Hutton’s in divine form (6)
2 Vehicle certificate to carry a horse grubby type obtained (6)
3 Port from the outset is guzzled down, all needing swift kick (6)
4 Little boy tracks gull somewhere east of Jerusalem’s Old Town (6)
5 Chances road after accident to reach the clergy (11)
6 Pagan number, note carefully, the priest is on top of always (3-8)
12 Where in the main English, through time, win the hearts of many? (6)
13 Tempestuous saga where Mike’s involved (6)
14 Writer and director Lee’s place in Malaysia (6)
15 Chutney to eat with gusto (6)

Quick across
5 Religious Order, and its liqueur produced in Normandy (11)
7 Sandwich in which the filling is rolled up in a soft tortilla (4)
8 Pharisee who spoke up for the Apostles in the Sanhedrin (8)
9 Northernmost town on the UK mainland (6)
10 Natives of Des Moines (6)
11 Hebrew prophet featured in both books of Kings (6)
14 Alabaman port on the Gulf of Mexico (6)
16 Biblical people living in Mesopotamia, Palestine, and Syria, founders the first Babylonian dynasty (8)
17 Roman poet remembered for his elegiac verses on love (43 BC-AD 17) (4)
18 Season of Pentecost (11)

Quick down
1 Even; equal (2,1,3)
2 Slow musical movement (6)
3 Dublin Bay prawn or Norway lobster (6)
4 Wood associated with cricket bats (6)
5 Apostle sometimes identified as Nathaniel (11)
6 Prospect for those who are ‘in Christ’ and ‘know God’, according to the NT (7,4)
12 One of the seven churches of Revelation (6)
13 Affirm by signature or oath (6)
14 The Jewish oral law, redacted 220AD and forming the first section of the Talmud (6)
15 The Prime of Miss Jean ——: 1969 film which gave Maggie Smith her first acting Oscar (6)

Entries to Crossword 0582, The Catholic Herald, Herald House, Lamb’s Passage, Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TQ or email [email protected] (Answers in by March 6)

Cryptic answers to No 0581
Across: 7 Davidian, 8 Omen, 9 Harp, 10 Neap tide, 11 Migrate, 12 Egypt, 15 Niche, 17 Harlech, 20 Baptists, 22 Orly, 23 Parr, 24 Ecce homo.
Down: 1 Hanani, 2 Zipporah, 3 Dignity, 4 Annas, 5 Font, 6 Mendip, 13 Golgotha, 14 Cassock, 16 Isaiah, 18 Column, 19 Islet, 21 Tyre.

Quick answers to No 0581
Across: 7 Laodicea, 8 Roan, 9 Atom, 10 Augustus, 11 Parthia, 12 Cache, 15 Balsa, 17 Acerbic, 20 Hyperion, 22 Alps, 23 Tuba, 24 Drusilla.
Down: 1 Martha, 2 Edomites, 3 Octavia, 4 Cargo, 5 Eros, 6 Baruch, 13 Adriatic, 14 Iconium, 16 Asylum, 18 Impala, 19 Hindu, 21 Ebal.

Winners (0580 Cryptic)
Sue Marsh, Tunbridge Wells, Kent; Margaret MacMillan, Millport, Isle of Cumbrae.
Winners (0580 Quick)
Anne Smith, Walsall, West Midlands; Margaret Moyes, Darlington, Co Durham.