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Prize crossword 0583

Cryptic across
5 Book business making profit? On the contrary’s one short answer! (10)
7 Erin’s break-up is concerning (2,2)
8 Stephen, for instance, gets sister to yell out line from a classic Children’s author (8)
9 Call this setter previously for being mean (6)
11 PM’s embroiled in battle, evidently (6)
12 Finalize, ignoring credit control (3)
13 West Indian wizard, an unorthodox Omani, Don’s bowled (3-3)
14 Council here, say the Italians, sublet to banks (6)
15 Two little boys catch cold running after one old tub (8)
17 Statistical evaluation’s reaction everywhere at first is ‘dry as dust’ (4)
18 Strange tenet chap finds acceptable in this section of the Bible (10)

Cryptic down
1 The French falling back, hit bridge both sides of the river (4)
2 Trees planted, over a thousand, at rebuilt lone city (8)
3 One entering sector contracts to a heavenly place (4)
4 Ulster group being besieged consumed liqueur (8)
5 Make Anglicans recant in confusion over northern town (10)
6 Fell ash tree for 18’s scroll (5,5)
10 I am the Spanish waiter in Messiah (8)
11 To detain criminal requires something corrective (8)
16 Apollo’s mum allowed zilch (4)
17 King Paul once identified with? (4)

Quick across
5 English poet known for his Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard (1751) (6,4)
7 Malevolent spirit; imp (4)
8 Largest ancillary vessel attached to a merchant ship (8)
9 Town where Joseph was sold by his brothers to the Ishmaelites (6)
11 Title given to the British Commander-in-chief of the Egyptian army between 1883 and 1937 (either spelling) (6)
12 Mother of Abel (3)
13 Mediterranean island, the home of Barnabas (6)
14 —— friar: member of a medieval Augustinian mendicant order (6)
15 In meteorology, a scale of wind strength (8)
17 Town in Galilee, the scene of the water-into-wine miracle (4)
18 Second Sunday before Lent (10)

Quick down
1 Mischievous and sometimes evil Norse god who contrived the death of Balder (4)
2 Small sections of rope forming steps in the rigging of ships (8)
3 Ancient town in Aquitaine on the River Garonne (4)
4 Long (usually sleeveless) tunics of chain mail formerly worn as defensive armour (8)
5 Vatican City (3,4,3)
6 Name of the poem (1826) by Felicia Hemans which begins ‘The boy stood on the burning deck…’ (10)
10 Hero noted for his strength, performing 12 immense labours to gain immortality (common spelling) (8)
11 Marine rodent of northern Pacific coasts (3,5)
16 Arabian Peninsula country (4)
17 Greek Muse of history (4)

Entries to Crossword 0583, The Catholic Herald, Herald House, Lamb’s Passage, Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TQ or email [email protected]
(Answers in by March 13)

Cryptic answers to No 0582
Across: 5 Alexandrian, 7 Acre, 8 Gangrene, 9 Advent, 10 Kennet, 11 Canals, 14 Persis, 16 Longhorn, 17 Levi, 18 Shalmaneser.
Down: 1 Selene, 2 Maggot, 3 Gdansk, 4 Kidron, 5 Archdeacons, 6 Non-believer, 12 Aegean, 13 Stormy, 14 Penang, 15 Relish.

Quick answers to No 0582
Across: 5 Benedictine, 7 Wrap, 8 Gamaliel, 9 Thurso, 10 Iowans, 11 Elisha, 14 Mobile, 16 Amorites, 17 Ovid, 18 Whitsuntide.
Down: 1 On a par, 2 Adagio, 3 Scampi, 4 Willow, 5 Bartholomew, 6 Eternal Life, 12 Sardis, 13 Attest, 14 Mishna, 15 Brodie.

Winners (0581 Cryptic) Fr A Dearman, Prestwich, Greater Manchester; Sue Marsh, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.
Winners (0581 Quick) Michael Bickers, Leominster, Herefordshire; Mrs GF Smith, Nailsea, North Somerset.