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.
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
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:
Order foremost in heavenly praise
(SERAPHI(M); anag. & lit; Colin Gumbrell)
See ’em flying with harps?
(SERAPH(I)M; anag. & lit; Don Manley)
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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