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Beelzebub 995 (15/03/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on March 20th, 2009

Simon Harris.

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

This was one of my favourite Beelzebubs since I started blogging them here. It was as satisfying as ever, with lots of exciting new words, and characteristically fair clueing. I enjoyed this one enough that I was actually slightly disappointed to finish it.

But finish I did, and on the Sunday again, although I’m sure I leaned on the big red website harder than ever this week. I still can’t explain 2ac.

Across
2 MALPRACTICE – “Misconduct in academic record linked to habitual response in class”.
10 CISELEUR – (LIES* + [-rac]E) “guarded by” CUR.
12 OUSTED – (T “into” OUSE) + D.
13 MORTAR – ORT “among” MAR.
14 PHAT – P + HAT. I was staggered to find this somewhat urban term in Chambers, but there it was: “fine, excellent (esp of music)”, and also “(of a woman) sexy”. So C isn’t all Spenser and Scots then!
15 BONAMANO – (BAM “carrying” ON) + NO.
16 OCREA – (C “in” ORE) “with” A.
20 BELITTLE – BELLE “about” (IT + T[-eam]).
21 ACHERNAR – ACHE + R + RAN<. Achernar is the eighth-brightest star in the night sky.
25 POORI – POOR + I, alternative spelling of “puri”.
26 ILL-FASTE – (LL + FAST) “breaking” [-rev]IE[-wer]. The poet in question being Spenser, of course.
28 MUST – dd.
29 NELLIE – [-rev]EILLE N[-ot]<.
30 EMBRYO – (MORE BY)*.
31 CAROUSER – ROUSE “in” CAR.
32 FRATERNISED – (FINE TRADERS)*.
Down
1 SCOPOLAMINE – (ONE IS CALM)* “about” OP. Scopolamine is a “a tropane alkaloid drug with muscarinic antagonist effects”, and is therefore a great example of why not to waste time asking Wikipedia about anything remotely scientific.
3 ASSART – ASS + ART.
4 LETTERED – L + [-f]ETTERED. I was pleased to learn this word. I suspect that being “lettered” is akin to being “a (wo)man of letters”, as opposed to having lots of letters after one’s name, as I first assumed.
5 REDOLENT – RELENT “about” DO.
6 CROAK – C + R + OAK.
7 TERM – T + [-g]ERM.
8 INTACT – (N “in” ITA) + CT.
9 CHANDLER – HANDLE “seized by” CR.
11 PROVEDITORE – PROVED + I + TORE.
17 COCHLEAR – CLEAR “occupied by” (O + CH). The “labyrinth” in question is in fact part of the inner ear.
18 SLATTERN – STERN “carrying” LAT, and “traipse” in the sense that only ever comes up in crosswords.
19 STROMBUS – M “inside” (BURST SO)*.
22 HALLOA – H + ALLOA.
23 COURSE – hom. of “coarse”.
24 SAICE – AS< + ICE, I think. This was hard, and I had to resort to looking up random _AICE words in C. I still can’t quite resolve AS to “for instance”, but I don’t doubt that it’s there somewhere.
27 FLIT – F + LIT.

One Response to “Beelzebub 995 (15/03/09)”

  1. Pat says:

    I didn’t see the crossword, I’m afraid, though from the answers it looked fun. But for 2ac, I’d imagine:

    Academic (MA) record (LP) (linked to) habitual response (TIC) in class (RACE), giving misconduct (MA-LP-RAC(TIC)E)

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