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Beelzebub 1,004 (17/05/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on May 23rd, 2009

Simon Harris.

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

Excellent stuff as always. I found it unusually tough to get started, but then things started to flow nicely.

Across
1 ROSY – ROS[-ar]Y.
4 REFEREES – RE.
10 ETYMA – (MY TEA)*.
11 AGEIST – A GEIST.
13 DIMAGGIO – ‘D + (GI “in” IMAGO). Joe DiMaggio, baseball star, 1914-1999.
14 FLAGITIOUS – … IOUS.
15 GLEEK – LEEK “behind” G.
18 NOMINAL VALUE – (ON LIVE MANUAL)*.
19 GEISSLER TUBE – (GUEST BEER IS + L)*.
21 SANTA – (AT NAS[-a])<.
25 MISMARRIES – MISS “captures” (( MR + R + IE) “embracing” A).
26 ONYCHIUM – O + NY + (CHUM “securing” I).
27 LE FANU – FAN “investing in” LEU. The Romanian New Leu and the Moldovan Leu are the currencies of of Romania and Moldova respectively. The “ghost writer” is Joseph Sheridan LeFanu, writer and editor, 1814-1873.
28 ELLIEEL + LIE.
29 DEPLUMED – DEED “securing” PLUM.
30 JEEP – JEE + P.
Down
1 REEFINGS – FEE< “blocking” RINGS.
2 OTELLO – TELL “between productions of” O.
3 SYSADMIN – (SAY MINDS)*. I remember thinking that I would be surprised if this was in Chambers yet, and sure enough it isn’t, but it must be the answer.
4 RADIX – X “after” RADI.
5 EPITHALAMIUM – (I PUT HIM A MALE)*.
6 FAMILLE JAUNE – (FAME “receiving” ILL) + (A “in” JUNE).
7 REGULATORY – LUGER< + (A TORY).
8 ESILE – ([-muscat]EL IS E[-lderly])<. Alternative spelling of “eisel”, meaning vinegar.
9 STOL – STOL[-e].
12 EGOISTICAL – (ELICITS A)* “around” GO.
16 ELUDIBLE – (DIB “to be consumed in” ELUL) “before” E-[aster].
17 KEEP STEP – (PETS PEEK)<.
20 BEEDIE – BEE + DIE.
22 AINEE – I “in” (A NEE[-d]).
23 ARMED – [-h]ARMED. A very well-written clue.
24 FOLD – F + OLD

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