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Beelzebub 915/Columba (26-08-07)

Posted by neildubya on September 7th, 2007

neildubya.

This was definitely trickier than the last few Beelzebub puzzles but still very enjoyable. Not sure about the wordplay for 11A though.

Across
5 N in UP,LACE – LACE can be a verb meaning to beat or thrash.
11 HEARTWORN – this looks right and it’s about the only thing that fits but I can’t see the wordplay. The full clue is: “Man with eccentricity going around platforms turned very sad”. [Edit: correction - it's not the only thing that fits, as fgbp points out in the comments. Correct answer is HEARTSORE.]
12 (CAT)*,I,VAT in DEE
14 S,TAT
15 INC,UN,[-f]ABULIST – tough word, easy clue. Very good surface reading too. “Incunabula” are extant copies of books produced before 1501.
17 TAD in SIAL
23 (HAD TO END)* in AGON – AGATHODAIMON. The anagram element of the clue was fairly easy to spot but it took me a while to get to AGON for “conflict”.
28 OUSE in HM,AID – actually quite an easy clue and certainly not a difficult word but for some reason this clue took a while to parse. I find that’s the case with a lot of Columba’s clues.
29 E,TR in MIST
30 [r]ECCE
 
Down
1 CHAR,IS,MA – had a “do’h” moment when I got this as I’d convinced myself that “academic” would be DON.
2 RED,(TINGE)*,RATE – REDINTEGRATE means to “make whole again” but the clue has the definition as “restored”, which isn’t quite the same thing (or is it…?).
8 AT IT in APE – for some reason I was expecting “on the job” to be smutty and was delighted to find that it was.
16 RAN in DUST<,E – TRANSUDE means to “ooze through pores or interstices”. Nice surface reading to the clue.
18 hidden in “sAGA INSTructive”.
19 (TOOK)* in AUS
21 HOL[-y] in TOI[-l] – THOLOI.

3 Responses to “Beelzebub 915/Columba (26-08-07)”

  1. fgbp says:

    Re HEARTWORN
    Looks like this should be HEARTSORE, at a guess: HE + E about ROSTRA rev

  2. neildubya says:

    Yes – I think you’re right. Have updated accordingly. Cheers.

  3. Sarah says:

    2D – REDINTEGRATE in Chambers also has an adjectival function meaning restored/renewed. An unusual form for an adjective.

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