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Beelzebub 1,021 (13/09/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on September 19th, 2009

Simon Harris.

The online Chambers was down when I tackled this, so it was back to the big red book, and none of the fancy advanced search features. I was pleased with how swiftly I made my way through it, so I'll probably stick to that method in future.

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

Across
2 COUNTERMOVE – COVE “penning” ([n]OUN +TERM).
10 PIPSISSEWA – PIPS + IS + AWES<.
12 LITHE – LIT + HE.
14 ERRS – ES “suppressing” RR.
15 ST. HELENA – LANES* “concealing” THE.
16 ESPRESSO – (S + PRESS) in EO.
19 NEVI – [mai]NE VI[rginia].
20 EMPRISE – E + MP + RISE.
22 SPINOSE – PIN “interrupting” (SOS + [fl]E[et]).
23 OR SO – [c]ORSO.
25 LODESTAR – SELDO[m]* + TAR.
26 ORACULAR – [j]OCULAR “about” RA.
29 NARC – (C + RAN)<.
30 KAREN – [fol]K ARE N[orth].
31 RE-ENACTING – (GET CANNIER)*.
32 MEAN STREETS – RE “impounded by” STATESMEN*. Scorsese’s 1973 film.
Down
1 SPLEENSTONE – SPLEEN’S TONE. Another name for jade.
3 OPTS – OP + [studen]TS.
4 USHERING – US HE[a]RING.
5 TSETSES – SESTET* “about” S[tinging].
6 ESTH – [pur]EST H[ungarian].
7 REPEOPLE – REP + [stor]E + POLE*.
8 OARED – [s]OARED.
9 VERNISSAGE – VERGE around (AS + SIN)<.
11 OSAGE ORANGE – SAGE in (Os RANGE).
13 INSEPARATE – I + (SEEN APART)*.
17 EVOLUTES – LOVE< + UTES.
18 PROSTATE – PROST[r]ATE.
21 MEDAWAR – MED + A WAR. Peter Medawar, Nobel Prize winner, 1915-1987.
24 BARRA – BAR[ba]RA.
27 LANT – [p]LANT.
28 GRIT – GRIT[s] &lit, I think.

2 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,021 (13/09/09)”

  1. Paul B says:

    Re 21dn, poor old Mother Medawar! It sure took a long time for Pete to get born.

  2. Simon Harris says:

    Yeah, she spent longer in labour than Tony Benn it seems.

    The stray ‘b’ has now been removed.

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