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Beelzebub 997 (29/03/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on April 4th, 2009

Simon Harris.

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

A day later than usual on account of a ridiculously busy week at work. I may move these posts to Saturday anyway though, as it gives me a bit more time to do the typing, and it completely clears the closing date for Beelzebub prize competition entries.

Whilst Beelzebub setters are not named explicitly, if anyone in the know fancies mentioning who the setter was this week I would be grateful – merely because I’m trying to hone my detection skills, and am a very, very boring chap. A touch of help at 22 would also be welcome.

Across
1 OVERSPREADS – [-c]OVERS + PRE + A[-nother] D[-ownpour] S[-tarting].
10 LACETS – LETS “having snatched” (A + C[-hild]).
11 STUPE – PUTS< + E.
12 EGG DANCE – EG + C[-h]ANGED*.
13 VALET DE PLACE – (PEACE DEAL + V[-i]T[-a]L)*.
16 NOETIC – NOTICE “showing misplaced” E.
17 TEA PARTY – YET< “about” APART.
19 GALLIVAT – GALLIVA[-n]T.
21 CACOON – (CO “chasing” A) “involved in” CON.
23 ACARIDOMATIA – (AROMATIC AIR + A)*. Definitely my word of the week!
24 YEANLING – YEA + N + L + ING.
25 LEESE – LEES + [-vers]E. Chambers has “Lees” as “the worst part or parts”, which is presumably derived from its more common meaning, that of a sediment found in various otherwise delicious alcoholic beverages. The poet in question is of course Spenser, who is practically the patron saint of advanced cryptics.
26 FELLOE – hom. of “fellow”.
27 LITERARYISM – (TERM AIRILY + [-book]S)* &lit. One doesn’t find many &lits in Beelzebub and given the vocabulary involved, it’s hardly surprising, so this is particularly impressive. That said, maybe there are lots and I just miss them!
Down
2 VAGALV + A + G[-overnment] A[-ring] L[-ots]. I can’t prove A for “all” as I don’t see it in Chambers, but I’ll buy it until someone corrects me. The nerve in question is the vagus, the “tenth cranial nerve, concerned in regulating heartbeat, rhythm of breathing, etc”.
3 REDEMPTORIST – (DIM PROTESTER)*.
4 STATUA – STATU[-s] “on” A. Obsolete spelling of “statue”.
5 RECENTLY – CENT “deposited in” RELY.
6 ATHLETICALLY – (CHALET IT)* + ALLY.
7 DURATIVE – [-j]URAT “into” DIVE.
8 SPECIE – SPEC + IE.
9 TELECOTTAGE – TEE, with (CATTLE GO)* “into it”.
10 LEVITICALLY – (LATELY CIVIL)*.
14 CALCANEI – CALI[-x] “filled with” CANE. One of the last to go in.
15 GRANDEURG + RAND + EUR[-o].
16 RACHELR + ACHE + L. These are the ones you look for when trying to get started on a Beelzebub. One doesn’t mind an ostensibly “daily” clue if it provides a hook into ACARIDOMATIA, LEESE and LITERARYISM.
20 LIMNERM, within LINER, and therefore “on board”.
22 MINOS – How frustrating: I cannot remember how I got to this, although I promise you that I did! “Legendary king and queen avoiding children”.

One Response to “Beelzebub 997 (29/03/09)”

  1. Chatmeister says:

    Hi Simon
    22d MINO[r]S (children with queen removed)

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