Puzzles and Fun

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Welcome to our February page! 

Here's the solutions for last month:

 

Easy Sudoku                                                                    Medium   Sudoku 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wordsearch                                                                        Crossword Solution

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The puzzles for this month are as follows:

 

Easy Sudoku                                                                         Medium Sudoku

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Word Search

In New Testament times 40 days old was an important age for a baby boy: it was when they made their first ‘public appearance’.  Mary, like all good Jewish mothers, went to the Temple with Jesus, her first male child - to ‘present him to the Lord’.  At the same time, she, as a new mother, was ‘purified’.  Thus we have the Festival of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, 40 days after Christmas.  Jesus is described in the Bible as the Light of the World, and so early Christians developed the tradition of lighting many candles in celebration of this day.  The Church also fell into the custom of blessing the year’s supply of candles for the church on this day - hence the name, Candlemas.  The story can be found in Luke 2:22-40.  Simeon’s great declaration of faith and recognition of who Jesus was is of course found in the Nunc Dimittis, which is embedded in the Office of Evening Prayer in the West. 

 

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Crossword

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8 Interrogated (Acts 12:19) (5-8)

9 ‘Burn it in a wood fire on the — heap’ (Leviticus 4:12) (3)

10 Tobit, Judith, Baruch and the books of Esdras and the Maccabees are part of it (9)

11 Science fiction (abbrev.) (3-2)

13 Clay pit (anag.) (7)

16 Went to (John 4:46) (7)

19 ‘Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to — your bodies as living sacrifices’ (Romans 12:1) (5)

22 David’s plea to God concerning those referred to in 14 Down: ‘On — — let them escape’ (Psalm 56:7) (2,7)

24 Royal Automobile Club (1,1,1)

25 How the book of Ezekiel refers to God more than 200 times (Ezekiel 2:4) (9,4)

1 Seas (Proverbs 8:24) (6)

2 One of the sons of Eli the priest, killed in battle by the Philistines (1 Samuel 4:11) (6)

3 Specialist in the study of the Muslim religion (8)

4 ‘Do not rebuke an older man harshly, but — him as if he were your father’ (1 Timothy 5:1) (6)

5 One of Esau’s grandsons (Genesis 36:11) (4)

6 Taking a chance (colloq.) (2,4)

7 God’s instructions to the Israelites concerning grain offerings: ‘ — salt to — your offerings’ (Leviticus 2:13) (3,3)

12 Confederation of British Industry (1,1,1)

14 ‘All day long they twist my words; they are always — to harm me’ (Psalm 56:5) (8)

15 The crowd’s reaction to Jesus bringing back to life a widow’s son in Nain (Luke 7:16) (3)

16 Disappear (Psalm 104:35) (6)

17 How Jeremiah was likely to die if he wasn’t rescued from the cistern where he was imprisoned (Jeremiah 38:9) (6)

18 What the prophets do to a wall, with whitewash (Ezekiel 13:10, RSV) (4,2)

20 Made by a plough (Job 39:10) (6)

21 Noah was relieved when the flood waters continued to — (Genesis 8:5) (6)

23 Jesus gave the Twelve the power and authority to do this to diseases (Luke 9:1) (4)