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Beelzebub 991 (15/02/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on February 20th, 2009

Simon Harris.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.

A good tough one this week, offering us plenty of obscure words with which to conjur. Happily, I still managed to get most of this in one sitting, and then finish it off on Monday evening as in previous weeks.

Just the one query from me at 9, where I’ve reproduced the wordplay in the hope that the explanation might be apparent to someone.

Across
1 MARGENT – M[-emo] + ARGENT. Archaic or poetic spelling of “margin”.
7 SOAR – hom. of “sore”.
11 CUL-DE-LAMPECULDEE “packing” LAMP.
12 SOCIOGRAM – MOSAIC* “framing” OGR[-e].
13 SCUL – [-seriou]S CUL[-tivator]. Obsolete spelling of “school”.
14 HARDBALL – HALL “receiving” (R “with” BAD*).
17 ETTLE – [-s]ETTLE.
18 PRAEMUNIRE – IRE “after” (PRAN[-k] “with caged” EMU).
21 TRIPEHOUND – (PUT HERO IN + D)*.
24 EMAIL – LIE< “around” MA.
26 CALCULAR – (CALL “entered by” Cu) “beside” A R. For my sins, I’m studying calculus in my spare time at the moment, but I hadn’t heard this adjectival form.
27 TART – dd. Chambers has “trimmer” as “a person who fluctuates between parties, adjusting his or her opinions, etc to match his or her changing loyalties“. Which makes this one rather wonderful.
28 MALADROIT – (LAD “surrounded by” MAR) + O + IT.
29 LITHUANIAN – LITH[-e] + U[-r]ANIAN.
30 ACYL – CLAY*.
31 RECLINE – REC + LINE.
Down
1 MESSUP – MES[-s] + SUP.
2 APOCHROMATIC – CHOP* in AROMATIC.
3 GUILDER – (L “in” GUIDE) + R.
4 ELOHIM – (M + I + HOLE)<.
5 TERRINES – (TINES “about” ERR) + S.
6 GLADE – GLAD + E.
8 OMMATEUM – MATE “in” (O + MUM). Here, “mum” is a verb meaning “to masquerade”.
9 APOLLINARIAN – “article covering head during melody”.
10 REFLEX – REF + LEX.
15 NATALITY – (ALIT “after” T) “in” NAY.
16 PUPILLAR – UP “in” PILLAR.
19 ROSTRAL – [-jewelle]R + (ORAL “holding” ST).
20 FECULA – CA[-r]EFUL*.
22 HERDIC – H + (D “in” ERIC). Both “herdic” (a type of carriage) and “eric” (“the blood-fine paid by a murderer to his victim’s family in old Irish law” – Chambers) were new to me, so this was the last one in.
23 DOTTLE – DOLE “filled by” TT.
25 LUAUS – SAUL< “filled by” U.

2 Responses to “Beelzebub 991 (15/02/09)”

  1. Geoff Moss says:

    9d POLL (head) IN (during) ARIA (melody) in AN (article)

  2. Simon Harris says:

    Brilliant. Thanks for that, Geoff.

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