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Beelzebub 927/Columba (18-11-07)

Posted by neildubya on November 30th, 2007


A very enjoyable puzzle from a very reliable setter. It might be my imagination but there seemed to be a few more obscure words than there usually are in Beelzebub puzzles but I actually found this easier than a typical Columba effort; maybe because harder words meant easier wordplay?

10 RY,BALL,O in AID – an “aryballos” is an oil jar or flask.
12 BATH,OS – haven’t seen OS for “sailor” (Ordinary Seaman I think) for a while now.
13 (HER COPY)*,R,RE,CT – HYPER leapt out of (HER COPY)* and the rest was easy enough.
19 ANA,PER in HS – quite tricky this as “possessions” = ANA is not obvious and “by” = PER is easily missed.
25 PORT,MAN,TEA,UX – my first thought was to fill in “portmanteaus” (which is an acceptable spelling apparently) but then it occurred to me that it might end in an X and I couldn’t see how UX would be justified. However, it’s an abbreviation for “uxor”, the Latin word for “wife”.
30 Y,PE< in TEST< – TYPESET. Cleverly constructed clue. I spent some time thinking “composed” was an anagram indicator.
2 TYM,PAN – not sure if this is right. Full clue is “Frame ends in pot by master with spider?” “Ends in pot by” must be TY and”master” is M, which leaves PAN for “spider” (and there are such things as pan spiders apparently). The definition is a bit unclear though: how can a TYMPAN be a “frame”?
3 (ON NERVES A BIT)* – OBSERVANTINE. A branch of the Order of Franciscans.
5 L in CIC,HEED – “hackneyed” gave the game away quite quickly for me. “Supreme commander” must be Commander-In-Chief.
7 TRAIL in MILE,USE – “Gun dog” requires some lifting and separating to get the definition (MITRAILLEUSE is a piece of heavy ordinance).
11 TYP[-e]<,GO in HARAS[-s] – I guess most people would describe PYTHAGORAS as a mathematician but he was the first person to describe himself as a “philosopher” and was a huge influence on Plato.
15 T in NL in ARRAY – in the Nato alphabet, “tango” is T.
17 hidden in “whiCH A PATIent”
21 GI,ANTS[-y] – thanks to checking letters and the definition I filled this in pretty quickly but I couldn’t work out why. GI for “grunt” is quite clever as grunt can mean soldier or infantryman.

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