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Beelzebub 996 (22/03/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on March 27th, 2009

Simon Harris.

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

A typically excellent Beelzebub, with some especially nice surface readings. I’ve managed to explain them all this week, which may actually be a first!

Across
1 SPYGLASS – (P[-rett]Y G[-ir]L) in SASS.
7 APSE – APE “seen round” S.
11 OROROTUND – (OR + OR + OD) “gathered round” TUN. An alternate spelling of “orotund”.
12 POMACE – POM + ACE.
14 DOOSRADORA “restricting” OS. “Act of war” sent me the wrong way at first.
15 KREESED – REES “enveloped in” KED. A “ree” is a female ruff, and a “kris” or “krees” is a Malay dagger.
17 RICHLYRLY “carrying” ICH. “Ich” is a South-West dialect form of “I”.
18 STREET SMARTS – (STRESS MATTER)*.
19 ROOM AT THE TOP – (METAPHOR TOO)* “to accomodate” T. A 1957 novel by John Braine.
24 VANISH – as in “like a van”. Raised a smile.
25 TIL SEED – TIED “to enthrall” LSE. “Til” is another name for sesame.
26 GOOGLY – GOOLY “limiting” G. One for the cricket fans: The Gabba is the Brisbane cricket stadium, and so “gooly” (an Australian term for a small stone) is therefore “a stone in the Gabba”.
27 VITTLE – VILE “to include” TT.
28 CIVILIZER – (I + V + I + LIZ + E) “in” CR.
29 TSAR – T[-a]SAR. “Tasar” is an alternate spelling of “tusser”, a particular type of Indian silk, or a dress made thereof.
30 TELECINE – (NICE LET)< “by” E.
Down
1 SOPORS – SO + POR[-e]S.
2 PRODITORIOUS – PROD + I + [-no]TORIOUS.
3 GRAPHEMES – HEM “in” GRAPES. “Hem” being, in this case, “a sort of half-cough to draw attention”.
4 LOCALE – LOCO[-o] + ALE.
5 SUDRAS – (DR + A) “held by” SUS.
6 SNOEK – ([-hoo]K + EONS)<. The South African name for the snook, any of several marine fishes.
8 PISS ARTIST – (TRIPS + SITS)* “enbracing” A.
9 STREPTOSOLEN – (TREE PLOTS SON)*.
10 EVADES – (SED + AVE[-s])<.
13 MICROFLORA – (I FORM CORAL)*.
16 EPAENETIC – (NEAT PIECE)*.
19 ROTGUT – ROT + GUT. German for “red” and “good” respectively, hence “for the Oktoberfest”.
20 THEY’VE – HEY “in” (TV + [-programm]E).
21 HABILEHA + BILE.
22 PHEERE – P + (HERE “without” E).
23 RELIT – TILER<.

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