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Across Down
  1. Staff officer supports husband during examination (5,3)
  2. Gunman finds bird near river (6)
  3. Ship without royal flag (8)
  4. They are found in religious houses before the introduction of sandals (6)
  5. The German holds burnt remains of Santa’s helper (6)
  6. Gallant parliamentary opponent (8)
  7. A marvellous example of a ligament wrapped in mud (7)
  8. Israeli port gets one around the end of September (4)
  9. Rugby player’s support (4)
  10. Fight about 50’s nonsense (7)
  11. Benefit from a share in property (8)
  12. James gets salesman to return gemstone (6)
  13. Poet’s burial place on the west of Skye (6)
  14. Misrepresented pirate as a hanger-on (8)
  15. Decide to pay (6)
  16. Venerate North Dakota clergyman (8)
  1. Venerable scholar keeps small one nearby (6)
  2. On the other side of a Christian symbol (6)
  3. Do without religious instruction book as Adam didn’t need it (5,3)
  4. Displayed in village shops for a very long time (4)
  5. Typical of a girl student (6)
  6. Soft alternative put up by Cable’s department (8)
  7. Keep Solzhenitsyn’s earliest books (8)
  8. Duck as drink gets upset over everyone (7)
  9. Deliveries include a model stabiliser (7)
  10. Traps Edward I in Wells (8)
  11. Betrothal of Bond (8)
  12. Distinct part (8)
  13. Spoken exam involving Dutch and English is a severe test (6)
  14. Priest unsettled by goblin (6)
  15. An evil spirit grips king’s pal (6)
  16. Identical piece of soap to one carried by Poins (4)
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