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Beelzebub 1,006 (31/05/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on June 6th, 2009

Simon Harris.

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

Really nice puzzle, just one question from me at 15.

Across
1 DISPOSSESSED – DISSED “about” POSSES.
10 INTO – [jo]INT O[perations].
11 STRUTHIO – (THIS TOUR)*. The genus of the ostrich.
12 SCUMBER – ‘S + CUMBER.
14 TRIP – this coming before E would be TRIPE. A very well put together clue indeed.
15 HAREEM – HARE + EM? “A lot of women hurry to quad” – I’m not sure how to reconcile EM with “quad”.
16 RECOUPMENT – (POUR CEMENT)*.
19 TOMPION – TOM (stolen jewellery) + (PIN “including” O). Thomas Tompion (1639-1713) was a clock and watch maker, who gives his name to a type of antique watch.
21 STANTON – ANT[i] “appearing in” (S + TON). Harry Dean Stanton, actor.
23 UROGENITAL – REGULATION*.
24 LACUNA – LANA “allowing” CU “to enter”.
27 NOLE – NO[b]LE. “Crown” as in the top of the head. Shakespearean spelling of “noll”.
28 BRANGLE – B[a]R + ANGLE.
29 SELEUCID – (ICE DUELS)*.
30 ERUV – U “brought in” ERV. In Judaism, an eruv is “an area within which certain activities normally forbidden in public on the Sabbath are permitted”.
31 STEREOCHROME – (CORE THEOREMS)*.
Down
1 DISTRUSTLESS – DISTRESS “riven by” LUST*.
2 INCREATE – INCREASE with S “advancing” to T.
3 POM-POM – POMP + MO<.
4 STEEP-TO – STEE[d] + PTO. I liked “…look, on the other side” for PTO, when I finally saw it.
5 EUDAEMONIA – (A DUE)< + [gam]E + (IN A MO)*.
6 STAR – dd. A coarse seaside grass.
7 SHOE TIE – (IS THE + O)* + [lac]E. A fancy shoelace.
8 EIRE – E[urope] + IRE.
9 DOLMAN SLEEVE – (LEAVES MODEL + N[ude])*.
13 BLUETONGUE – (TUBULE GONE)*.
17 CORALLUM – (MULL A ROC[k])<.
18 BAUCHLE – BALE “accepting” [m]UCH.
20 ONEIRIC – ONE + 1 + RIC[h].
22 WINNER – N “to invest in” WINER[y].
25 ABET – BETA “pushing A to top”.
26 USER – [m]USER.

2 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,006 (31/05/09)”

  1. C. G. Rishikesh says:

    Re 15ac: Em, as you know, is a printing measure. It is also called quadrat, the abbr. of which is quad.

  2. C. G. Rishikesh says:

    P.S. In the surface reading, ‘quad’ is short for quadrangle (court), I think.

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