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Beelzebub 1,008 (14/06/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on June 20th, 2009

Simon Harris.

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

I thought this was going to be the week that Beelzebub defeated me. I wrote in entirely the wrong answer at 3dn which left the NW corner rather empty until the mistake was spotted. But I got there in the end, with just the one query at 21ac.

Across
1 ERUPTED – PURE< + TED. I think “adolescent” here is TED, as in “Teddy boy”.
6 EAGER – AGE “interrupting” ER.
10 CALENTURE – (A + LENT) “inside” CURE.
11 RIGHT-AND-LEFT – (FLING THAT RED)*.
12 ENROOTS – (STONE “containing” OR)<.
14 D-DAY – D[odge]D A[bruptl]Y.
16 NADIR – D[ad] “captured by” NAIR. The Nair were “a people of Kerala…who practised a peculiar system of polyandry and matriliny”.
19 DRAISENE – (IN RED SEA)*. Another name for the “dandy-horse”, an early bicycle whose name alone makes we want one.
20 POINDING – INDI[a] in PONG.
21 SPOON – The wordplay is “rather reduced circling river”. I take PO to be the river, and perhaps SO to be “rather”, but I can’t really make it work. “Spoon” is an old nautical term meaning “to run before a gale with reduced canvas”.
23 ERST – [que]ER ST[reet].
26 TWASOME – SAW< in TOME.
27 DISCOMEDUSAECO “implanted in” (SEASIDE MUD)*. A wonderfully-named “order of jellyfishes with flattened umbrella”, inspiration for the most terrifying chandelier I’ve ever seen.
28 AILANTHUS – AIL + AN + THUS.
29 LAY TO – LAY + TO[o]. “Lay” as in “laity”.
30 CRASSLY – CRY “about” (ASS + L).
Down
1 EARED – dd.
2 RAINDROPS – (R AND R “absorbing” 1) “on” OPS.
3 UNGRACIOUSLY – (CURSING YOU AL[l])*.
4 TATOU – TATU “involving” O.
5 ELATERIN – LATER “swallowed by” EIN.
6 ENDS – [b]ENDS.
7 AT LEAST – (ATLAS “containing” E) + T.
8 GUELDER ROSES – (LODGE USES)* “without” ERR.
9 RETIREE – 1 “involved in” RETREE. “Retree” is a term meaning slightly damaged paper.
13 SING SMALL – (SINS “seen around” G) + MALL.
15 LANDWEHR – L + (HAD NEW)* + [wa]R.
17 APSIDAL – (LAD IS PA)<.
18 SNOWCAT – NOW “brought in” SCAT.
22 PADUA – PAD + (A U)<.
24 TEENY – TEEN + Y.
25 MONO – MOON*.

2 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,008 (14/06/09)”

  1. Phi says:

    21a is actually SPOOM – PO in SOM(e). I didn’t see at the time, alas, that that meaning of ‘some’ is ultimately marked ‘(dialect)’ in C.

    I can’t speak for Columba, but, if faced with an option between an unusual and a common word, I’ll probably go for the oddity, if only because I’ve almost certainly clued the common version several times already!

  2. Simon Harris says:

    Aha, so it did beat me after all! Thanks for the clarification.

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