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Beelzebub 993 (01/03/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on March 6th, 2009

Simon Harris.

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

A very good puzzle, once again. This took a little longer than usual to complete – and even longer to explain my answers – but that may just be a result of a nasty dose of jet lag, and my large, unwieldy cat’s insistence on attempting to sit on my shoulder throughout the solving and blogging process.

Across
1 APSE – [-l]APSE.
4 MASCAGNI – MANI[-c] “injecting” SCAG. Pietro Mascagni, composer, 1863-1945.
10 VACUUM-PACKED – VAC + UU + MP + [-b]ACKED.
11 XEROPHAGY – X + PORE< + (G “investing in” HAY).
12 GIRR – (R + RIG)<.
15 ALLOD – ALL + OD[-d].
16 AGITATO – (A GITA[-n]O) “goes round” ‘T .
18 DIETICIAN – (I INDICATE)*.
20 INCEPTIVE – INCENTIVE “to ditch” N “for” P.
21 ONEROUS – ONE + ROUS[-e].
23 RIDER – dd. A “free rider” in the US seems to be an individual without medical insurance, who is therefore unable to pay for emergency healthcare.
26 KIPP – KIP + P[-ackages]. P.J. Kipp was “the Dutch founder of a firm of manufacturers of scientific apparatus” in the 19th century.
27 CONYCATCH – (CO + CH) “seizing” NY CAT.
28 CONDITIONALS – (CONTAIN SOLID)*.
29 OFTENEST – (FETES NOT)*.
30 BLET – E[-ddie] “found in” BLT.
Down
1 AVOGADRO – A + GOV< + A D + OR<. Amedeo Avogadro, physicist, 1776-1856.
2 PAVILION-ROOF – PROOF “including” (A VIOLIN)*.
3 SCARLETED – SCARED “about” LET.
4 MUEDDIN – MU[-s]ED + DIN. Alternative spelling of “muezzin”.
5 SPONGIEST – PONG “interrupting” SIEST[-a].
6 CAPRI – CAPRI[-ce].
7 ACHE – [-c]ACHE.
8 NEGATIVE POLE – (EG “enthralled by” NATIVE) “by” POLE.
9 IDYL – IDLY with LY*.
13 SACCULATE – S + ACCU[-mu]LATE.
14 FATIDICAL – FAT + I’D A CAL[-l]. I assume that FAT (from “good job”) is used in the sense of “a role or passage that enables an actor or musician to show his or her talent”.
17 OVERPAST – PAS “in” OVERT.
19 APRICOT – AP + RIC[-h] + O + [-hirs]T.
22 ORCIN – ORC + IN.
24 ECCO – [-s]ECCO.
25 HYDE – [-biograp]HY DE[-picted].

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