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Beelzebub 1,013 (19/07/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on July 25th, 2009

Simon Harris.

I think this was all fairly straightforward, relatively speaking, although the gap between solving and blogging was perhaps allowed to grow too long for me recall in detail how I found it. I think I’ve explained everything, at least.

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

Across
1 JANTY – NT in JAY, alternative spelling of “jaunty”.
5 GREATLY – AT L in GREY.
10 ESTUARY – EST + U + ARY.
11 GAEL – LEG< “throttling” A. In cricket, “on” and “leg” side are one and the same.
12 TORCHON PAPER – (PARTNER + POOCH)*.
15 SECESH – HE’S* “about” CES[s].
16 INSPECT – INSECT “seizing” P.
18 SLEUTHS – (LUST + HE’S)*.
20 TRAIN – [s]TRAIN.
21 OUNCE – [p]OUNCE.
23 YEZIDEE – YE + (ZEE “to carry” ID). As readers will know, “ye” was never pronounced as it is written – the “y” being a representation of Old English þ (“thorn”), used by printers who did not have the correct symbol to hand.
25 ADDEEMS – A DD + [s]EEMS.
27 EARFUL – [f]EARFUL.
30 DIGITAL RADIO – DIG IT + (OLD ARIA)*. The broadcast medium via which I was following The Ashes as I completed this week’s Beelzebub.
31 IRIS – IRIS[h].
32 FIREMEN – .
33 BACTRIA – BACT[e]RIA.
34 ADORE – ADO RE.
Down
1 JETTISONED – (ON JETTIES)* + D.
2 AS OF – A SOF[a].
3 TUCK – [s]TUCK.
4 YAHWE – YAH + WE.
5 GROUCHY – GR + [t]OUCHY.
6 EXPERT – [gam]E + X + PERT.
7 AGACERIE – AGE “to take in” (ACER + 1).
8 TAPENADES – TAPE + SEDAN<.
9 LEESE – SEEL< + E.
13 RHINESTONE – (1 NEST) in RHONE.
14 ISENERGIC – IS + GREEN* + 1 C.
17 PUCKFIST – PUCK + FIST.
19 SEDILIA – AIDES< “about” (I + L).
22 ELUTOR – ROTUL[a]E<.
24 NAIRA – NAIR + A.
26 DURRA – DURR[ie] + A.
28 GAED – GA[m]ED.
29 BIER – BI[k]ER.

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