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Beelzebub 1,024 (01/10/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on October 10th, 2009

Simon Harris.

This seemed a bit tougher than in recent weeks, but it all fell into place in the end.

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

Across
5 DEFLATER – DEF + LATER.
11 RENEW – REN[t] + EW. East and West being the bridge team here.
12 LECHWE – LECH + WE.
13 ARMETAR + MET.
14 TUTORED – T[ripos] + (TOR in (U + ED)).
15 SNOW-BROTH – (NOW + BR) in SO[u]TH.
19 MESA – SAME with “swapped halves”.
20 ISOTOPIC SPIN – (IS POSITONIC + P[osition])*.
21 EMBROIDERIES – (MORE* about B) + (I DESIRE)*.
24 REEF – FREE, “front to rear”.
26 DEATH-DAMP – D + (HAD PAT + ME)*.
28 ZWINGLI – ZI[p] “engaging” (WING + L). Ulrich Zwingli.
29 CREEP – C + PEER<.
30 BENZOL – BE + NZ + O[i]L.
31 VERSE – [lin]ES REV[ealed]<.
32 PEER GYNT – ENERGY* “filling” PT.
Down
1 BRASSIERE – it took me a moment to figure this rather clever one out. It’s a BRA, which is BAR with one letter shifted, but it’s also BRASSERIE with the same treatment.
2 KERNES – RN “aboard” KEE[l]S.
3 AN MO – AN + MO.
4 PEEWIT – PEE + WIT. A few, now distant, years spent in the erstwhile YoC pays dividends when it comes to solving crosswords.
6 ENTROPICALLY – (CLEARLY TOP IN)*.
7 FLUORIDATION – (U in FLORIDA) + INTO*.
8 LETTUCES – CUT< "amidst" STEEL*.
9 THREEPIT – this one left me wondering if I was missing something. Is it just that “three pit” would contradict “two mines”? The full clue is “Contradicted in Northumberland, finding only two mines?”.
10 EWERS – SEWER, “first to last”.
16 SANS-APPEL – SAP “invested in” PLANES*.
17 LOBELINE – LOB E + LINE.
18 GOOSEGOG – GOOSE + GO + G.
22 REDREW – RED + REW.
23 ENMESH – [m]ENSH “involves” ME.
25 ETWEE – WE “packed in” ÉTÉ.
27 AERY – A[ttitud]E R[arel]Y.

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