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Beelzebub 1,023 (27/09/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on October 3rd, 2009

Simon Harris.

I managed almost all of this without opening a dictionary, but a handful of clues put up a fight to the end. Perhaps it was just the constant feline harassment I was having to endure by that point.

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

Across
1 ICKERS – [t]ICKERS.
5 SPRANG – (R “to enter” SPAN) + G. “Span” in the sense of “spick and span” took a moment or two to drop in for me.
10 ISOCHRONAL – CHOIRS* + ON A L.
12 UNSTRIP – (N in US) + TRIP.
14 AT SEA – A[nchovies] + (S in TEA).
15 CYCOSIS – (CISSY SO)*.
16 GELS – [searchin]G ELS[ewhere].
19 ANTAGONISTIC – ANT + AGO + SIN< + TIC.
20 BUTTERSCOTCH – BOTCH “wrapping” (UTTER + S + C).
22 BAIL – dd.
24 UNCLEAR – UNCLE + A + R.
26 BURNT – BUT “about” RN.
27 VILAYET – (LAY “consumed by” VIE) + T.
28 FESTOONERY – (ON TREES OF)* + Y.
29 SEMTEX – (E + M + T) in SEX.
30 ENTRÉE – EN[d] + TREE.
Down
1 IGUANA – U in AGAIN*.
2 CONTINUANT – CANT “covering” (UNIT + NO)<.
3 ESTER – [f]ESTER.
4 SCISSORS – (I + SS) “breaking” SCOR[e]S. I worked this out from the wordplay, without knowing that it can mean a rugby “pass executed on the run to another player who is crossing one’s path”.
6 PRACTICABLE – (IT + CARP)< + CABLE.
7 RORO – ROO “catching” R. Apparently “forester” is a large kangaroo. RORO is a “roll-on roll-of” ferry.
8 ANISETTE – ANTE “to keep” (I + SET).
9 GLOSS – dd.
11 ORANGE PEKOE – (RANGE in OP) + (EKE “about” 0).
13 FILICINEAE – (I C IN EA) in FILE. Last to go in, perhaps not surprisingly.
16 ATTICISM – A + ((C + IS) in MITT<).
17 ANSERINE – (IN EARNES[t])*.
21 HOTTIE – HIE “to eat” OTT.
22 BUFFS – BUS “packed with” FF. Great surface reading here: Vehicle packed with very loud fans.
23 QUART – QU + ART.
25 LATT – LAT + T[rawlers].

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