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Beelzebub 1,016 (09/08/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on August 15th, 2009

Simon Harris.

I have to admit I found Beelzebub particularly challenging this week. It took perhaps three or four sittings as opposed to the usual one or two to finish off. The exact construction of 16ac still eludes me, so do feel free to help out in the comments.

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

Across
1 OMOPHAGY – OY “about” (MOP + HAG).
7 EDIT – TIDE<.
11 PICROCARMINE – I can’t quite explain this. It’s clearly an &lit;, and probably a superb one, but beyond it looking a bit anagram-ish, I’m stumped. Clue is “Microscope stainer required? So set to work with this”.
13 ASTERN – [e]ASTERN.
14 BATS – STAB<.
15 VAGITUS – VAGUS “to suppress” IT.
17 INSECTIVORE – (NOTICES + RIVE[r])*.
18 RANIDAE – RAN + (IDE “round” A).
22 BATAVIA – BAT + AVIA. The Dutch colonial name for Jakarta.
23 UNRECOVERED – UNRED “about” (COVE + RE).
24 POMATUM – (POM + TUM) “importing” .
27 ASAR – ÅS + AR[e].
28 DIMITY – DI[m] + MITY.
29 GENERIC NAMES – (CRANE SEEMING)*. Grus is the genus including a number of cranes.
30 ESSE – ESSE[ne].
31 HANGNEST – (SANG THEN)*.
Down
1 OPAH – (HAP + O)<. Another name for the moonfish.
2 MISDIAGNOSES – MISS “about” (D + AGONIES*).
3 OCTACO< + TA.
4 PRESSIE – PRESS + IE.
5 HORSE-DOCTOR – (SHOT RECORD + O)*.
6 GALATEA – ALATE in GA.
8 DIATOM – AID< + TOM.
9 INTURBIDATES – (STAID TRIBUNE)*.
10 TESSERAL – (LARES + SET)<.
12 REGISTERING – (GIST + ER) “occupying” REIGN*.
16 GROUPAGE – GROU[t] + PAGE.
19 ABOULIA – ABOU[t] + AIL<.
20 JARKMAN – JAR + (KAN “bagging” M).
21 URMANS – UR[al] + MANS.
25 RIME – [c]RIME.
26 XYST – X + Y + ST. Referring to the x-axis and y-axis of a graph.

2 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,016 (09/08/09)”

  1. The trafites says:

    11ac is a composite anagram.

    ‘microscope stainer’ removing letters of ‘so set’ reveals MICRCOPAINER’ which is the anagram of the answer PICROCARMINE.

    The standard ‘this‘ usually gives these typrs of clue away.

    Nick

  2. The trafites says:

    composite anagram link

    Nick

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