APIS; The bee is Apis melifera, Apis is a bull-god from Egypt.
PISA; Where the leaning tower is.
PAIS: Domingo Pais, who visited Vijayanagara.
Rise to choose a point and change. 4. Garden variety for the good abbot. (4) 5. Within a church? (4) 6. Don’t monkey with these guys (4) ANSWERS At this point the letter E ( point being old crossword slang for the cardinal directions; rise leads to East ) replaces I among the original letters (P,A, I,S) . 4. PEAS; as in Gregor Mendel 5. APSE 6. APES
Take another point, clockwise. 7. Working solution if you have more than one Cleopatra (4) 8. Good for footballers, bad for quizzers (4) 9. Where you might get Vichy-washy? (4) ANSWERS APES loses E and gains S, moving clockwise. 7. ASPS; you would need more than one for a roomful of Cleos. 8. PASS. Ahem. 9. SPAS. Vichy is famous for its baths.
Go the opposite way. 10.What Eve did, according to the democrats. (4) 11.South African way of finding salt. (4) 12.Behead dragon, or ensure ginger gets a tail. (4) ANSWERS Lose S, add N. 10. SPAN : According to Wat Tyler’s rebels, ‘When Adam delved and Eve SPAN / Who was then the gentleman?”. 11. PANS; also the term used for salt deposits in the RSA. 12. SNAP; Snapdragon and ginger-snaps
Jump into stew, but still choose another point. 13. From handshake to exchange (4) 14. Feline’s company (4) 15. End as we began, with another stinger. (4) ANSWERS We go West now (Stew anagram), so lose N, add W. 13. SWAP: means to exchange now, but originally denoted the handshake after a deal 14. PAWS: Company set up by Jim Davis to market Garfield. 15. We began with bees, and end with WASP.