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Beelzebub 1,001 (26/04/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on May 2nd, 2009

Simon Harris.

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

All back to normal this week after a couple of themed Beelzebubs, with clueing as solid as ever.

The eagle-eyed may question how Beelzebub 1,001 (and indeed Quixote 1,002) made it into the Independent on Sunday’s 1,000th issue spectacular.

Across
1 FACSMILE – FACE “about” (IS< + MIL).
11 FRIESIC – FRIES + IC.
12 BLIN – BLIN[-d].
13 LORNE SAUSAGE – (EURO-LASAGNE’S)*. A squareish slice of sausage meat popular in Scotland. Delicious when fried and served in a bap with ketchup.
15 RAGTIMER – RAG + REMIT<.
16 ECUS – [-arcan]E CUS[-tom].
18 CHIRT – CHIT “about” R.
21 CREMOSIN – CROME* + SIN. Obsolete form of “crimson”.
22 ORDINARY – [-h]ORARY “including” DIN.
23 ADUST – AD[-j]UST.
25 SASSS + ASS.
26 NICKLAUS – NICK + LAUS.
29 ENTHUSIASTIC – (ACE NUT IS THIS)*.
30 REEF – FREE, “first to last”.
31 ACRILAN – IL[-l] “snagged in” (A CRAN).
32 ATTESTERS – STARE* “around” TEST.
Down
2 AROW – A ROW.
3 CIRCUMDUCTED – (CRUDE CID MUCH)*.
4 SENUSSIS – (S + ISSUES)< “about” N.
5 ISERE – IS ‘ERE.
6 MISARRAY – (IS + ARR) “in” MAY. The novelist in question being Sir Walter Scott, from “The Lady of the Lake”.
7 LOUTL + OUT.
8 GLAMIS CASTLE – (ACT + LEGALISM)*. Childhood home of the Queen Mother, in Angus, Scotland.
9 NIGERIA – (AIR + EG + I + N)<.
10 INERTNESS – (ISN’T SEEN)* “about” R.
14 BEMOANERS – (MORE BEANS)*.
17 VERJUICE – [-o]VER + JU[-st]ICE.
19 HOUSE-SIT – HOT “about” (USES + I).
20 ORDINEE – ORE “about” DINE.
24 KSARS – ASK< + RS.
27 LUNTL + ‘UN + [-indignan]T.
28 LIAR – RAIL<.

2 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,001 (26/04/09)”

  1. Quixote says:

    For the record, I have just counted all the Quixote puzzles week by week from 28 Jan and I can confirm that my numbering is correct. Mass has also had a Concise puzzle in every issue, and we are probably the only two contributors to every issue of the IOS. Beelzebub (now two of them) is a week behind because it was omitted one week. I have notified the IOS ny phone call and by a Letter to the Editor (which they probably won’t print). But it would be good if someone else wrote in. We crossworders weren’t worthy of mention in that ‘!000th’ issue, were we?

  2. nmsindy says:

    Yes, it does look as if the 1000th issue as presented was in fact the 1002nd as suggested by the crossword puzzle numbering. The 1000th issue was dated 26 April 2009 which is 1004 Sundays after the launch issue of 28 Jan 1990. If the IoS had been published on every Sunday since launch date that issue would have been 1005 i.e. 1 + 1004. However Christmas Day fell on a Sunday twice in that period and the IoS was not published on 26 Dec 1993 (though it was on the other Suns that fell on 26 Dec in that period) so that would place the correct number as 1002.

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