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Beelzebub 1,025 (11/10/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on October 17th, 2009

Simon Harris.

This is still one of my perhaps two favourite crosswords, the other being Inquisitor, also in the Independent the day before. Beelzebub seems to hit the perfect balance between challenging and eminently solvable, with the clueing never being less than flawless.

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

Across
1 MUFFLER SHOPS – MUFF + L[ada] + (HORSE + P)* + S[aab].
10 ARYTENOID – (TENOR + 1 + DAY)*.
12 IN RE – IN RE.
13 KEEN – dd. “Low” as in “low prices”.
15 TAX DISC – (TAXIS + C) “without” D.
16 SIMP – M[isbehave] in SIP.
17 INTAGLIO – INT + (AGLO[w] “about” 1).
20 EDDO – [for]ED DO[wn].
21 CUIRASS – (U + 1) in CRASS.
23 RETREES – RET[i]REES.
24 AMIE – AMIE[ns].
25 VOWELLED – V + (WELL in OED). I hadn’t noticed AbstEmIOUsl(Y) before, and very well vowelled it is too!
26 YEAS – YEAS[t]. Opposite of “nays”.
27 DOG’S-EAR – S in (DO GEAR).
32 NILL – N + ILL.
33 SETA – SET + A.
34 MILLWHEELMIL + L + W + HEEL.
35 SCORPAENIDAE – (DESPAIR + OCEAN)*.
Down
1 MAIDSERVANTS – M + AIDS + TAVERNS*.
2 FYRD – F[airl]Y R[idicule]D.
3 LENTICEL – LENT + ICE + L.
4 ENHANCEN + ((H + ACE) “securing” N).
5 ROUX – (Paul) [the]ROUX. One of those authors I’ve never quite got around to reading, despite the best of intentions.
6 SILD – SIL[e]D, a young herring and something of a cult in its own right during my student years, thanks to Harry Hill.
7 OYES – O YES.
8 PRECISIAN – (PAIRS NICE)*.
9 SAN JOSÉ SCALE – not an insect I’d come across, but having been in San José earlier this year, this slotted in easier than it might have.
11 TEMPORE – T + EM + PORE.
14 VIDEODISC – (DID VOICES)*.
18 AIRDRAWN – (AID “accomodating” R) + RAWN.
19 GRAYISH – (Lillian) GISH “outside” RAY.
22 USEABLE – SEA “covered in” BLUE*.
28 OLIO – [f]OLIO.
29 SHIP – (SH + P) “catching” 1.
30 ELLA – [f]ELLA. Ella Fitzgerald, of course, though one hardly need clarify.
31 NEED – NE[ck]ED.

One Response to “Beelzebub 1,025 (11/10/09)”

  1. Duggie says:

    Re 25A: I think the only other (short) word in English with all 5 full vowels in sequence is ‘facetious’. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

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