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Beelzebub 992 (22/02/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on February 27th, 2009

Simon Harris.

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

This was a welcome distraction on an 11-hour flight to California. I was surprised to manage all but four squares of this one without reference materials, but my pride was slightly dented by struggling to finish it off even with them.

As always, a couple of queries on the wordplay, if people fancy helping out.

Across
1 A BIENTOT – NOTE* in (A BIT). This one went in straight away, much helped by the fact that it cropped up in one of last week’s dailies, I seem to recall.
7 RICH – R[-e]ICH, as in “That’s a bit rich”.
11 BRAVER – B + RAVER.
13 RONEO – RO “including” ONE . RO is an abbreviation for recto, or the right-hand page of a book, as opposed – quite literally – to verso.
14 LATERITIOUS – (U + ARISTOTLE + I)*, meaning “red-bricked”.
16 ESSE – E[-ntitie]S S[-urviv]E.
17 SNAKELIKE – (N + LEAK)* “in” SIKE.
18 COINCIDENTAL – (I INTEND A CLOC[-k])*.
19 LENTICELLATE – (CLEAN LITTLE [-por]E)*.
21 FLARE STAR – (LA + REST) “swamped by” FAR. Flare stars vary in brightness, hence “remote variable”.
23 FUEL – FUL[-l] “absorbing” E.
26 INSTIGATORS – (STARTING SO I)* &lit.
26 ENTER – ENTER[-a]. The enteron is the alimentary canal.
28 HENNIN – HEN + N + IN. A “steeple hat with a veil hanging from it, worn by French women in the 15c”, according to Chambers. I’m sure we’ll see these return to fashion at some point.
29 DESK – [-tra]DES K[-nowledge].
30 ENTR’ACTE – an interval between two acts. “Stretch” will probably be TRACT, leaving ENE to be “opera not the beginning”, which I can’t explain.
Down
1 ABLE – [-t]ABLE.
2 BRAWN – W “tucking into” BRAN &lit.
3 EVEN – EVEN[-t].
4 TRIPLICATION – TRIP + L + I + CATION. I spent some time wondering how the CAT got in, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
5 OUTSIDE RIGHT – SIDE “brought in” OUTRIGHT.
6 TRISKELES – RISK “encountered in” TELES. The triskele, or triskelion, is the three-legged symbol of the Isle of Man.
8 INUSITATION – I + N + (I “filling” (U + STATION)).
9 CESSNA – CESS + NA.
10 HOVELLER – [-s]HOVELLER.
12 ATTAINMENTS – MEN “amoung” ATTAINTS. Here “convicts” is a verb, rather than the expected noun.
15 DECILITRE – DECRE[-e] “about” (I + LIT).
17 SCLAFFED – to “horribly mishit” a shot, presumably in golf.
20 EQUINE – EQUI[-p]E “to secure” P[-unters].
22 AFRIT – A FRIT is a “small fly destructive to wheat and other cereal crops”.
22 ETNA – E[-xperimen]T + AN<. Interesting definition – “heater” for “Etna”.
25 ESNE – SE< + EN<.

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