Apex 2009 solution

 

The orders of angels are: SERAPHIM, CHERUBIM, THRONES, DOMINATIONS, VIRTUES, POWERS, PRINCIPALITIES, ARCHANGELS, and ANGELS.  (As noted by Chambers, DOMINATIONS can appear as DOMINIONS, and other orderings are seen.)  The perimeter gave THRONES to PRINCIPALITIES, and ARCHANGELS was unclued in the central column.  The last word provided by the latent letters was ANGEL.  The letter sums of each latent word in turn gave CHERUBIM, leaving SERAPHIM as the word to be clued.

ACROSS

 

9          ON-(L)INE; 0 Nine

10        H(E)AVY SPAR; v in hay spar

11        OCRE(A); hidden rev.

12        GOPI(K)S; go p is

LEAK; 12 + 5 + 1 + 11 = 29 = 3 = C

 

13        TA(C)IT; 2 mngs.

14        TR(A)CER; r in Rect (rev.)

15        (M)ATTIE; atti(r)e

16        H(E)RRING(E)R; r ring in h,r

18        G(L)ARE; 2 mngs.

CAMEL; 3 + 1 + 13 + 5 + 12 = 34 = 8 = H

 

20        (D)ANAI(D); an A1

21        IDE(A)L; hidden

22        (F)RENA; rena(l)

25        MERI(T)ING; meri i,n,g

DAFT; 4 + 1 + 6 + 20 = 31 = 5 = E

 

29        OL(D) VIC; L in (n)ovic(e)

30        LIEN(A)L; lie nl

31        DE(N)TI(N); (c)ited (rev.)

32        DIGLO(T); dig L,O

33        IR(E)NA; I RN a

DANTE; 4 + 1 + 14 + 20 + 5 = 44 = 18 = R

 

34        SOLI(D)NESS ; lines in SOS

35        SKOL(I)A; skol a

DOWN

1          SNO-(C)ATS; a in snots

2          IN(E)RTIAL; in + ‘t in lair (rev.)

DICE; 4 + 9 + 3 + 5 = 21 = U

 

3          (G)REETER; re-e(n)ter

4          THIR(L)AGE; anag.

5          EV(A)DER; eV der

6          PSORI(C); sor(e) in pi

7          OPPON(E)NT; op + nn in pot

GLACE; 7 + 12 + 1 + 3 + 5 = 28 = 2 = B

 

8          WA(RR)ING; A in wing

17        SERAGL(I)O; anag.

19        RA(C)INESS; es in rains

20        AULD R(EE)KI(E); anag.

RICE; 18 + 9 + 3 + 5 = 35 = 9 = I

 

23        CO(A)LISE; Co + I in LSE

24        RITALI(N); t in I lair (rev.)

26        EPI(G)ON; pi in eon

27        INLI(E)R; I n l I r

28        NIB(L)ET; be in nit

ANGEL; 1 + 14 + 7 + 5 + 12 = 39 = 13 = M

The winning clues to SERAPHIM (with a latent letter) were:

1st

Order foremost in heavenly praise

(SERAPHI(M); anag. & lit; Colin Gumbrell)

2nd

See ’em flying with harps?

(SERAPH(I)M; anag. & lit; Don Manley)

3rd

After Eric’s no longer in charge am getting to grips with Phi – one of the top flight

((S)ERAPHIM; Er(i/c) + Phi in am; David Dare-Plumpton)

[It may be worth noting that I don’t vote in the contests.]

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