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Archive for November 20th, 2009

Guardian 24,862 – Brummie

Posted by manehi on 20th November 2009

manehi.
Across
1 SOPHISM OP=work in S[c]HISM
5 INSISTS sounds like “in cysts”
9 POLYP Y[en] in rev(PLOP)
10 UP THE WALL cryptic def
11 NURSE SHARK NURSE=tend to + SH=quiet + ARK=craft
12, 4dn DARTMOUTH DARTH around (tum)* around O=nothing
14 SURGEON FISH (if roughness)*, and definition using a few other clues nicely.
18 REPROACHFUL REP + R[ight] + [c]OACHFUL
21 A O N B [wiki] rev(BOA) around [su]N
22 OPERATIONS [h]OPE + RATIONS
25 IN THE MAIN THEM + A + I[mbibes] all inside INN
26 COWER COW + ER
27 MARL PIT [wiki] M[inutes] + (LA trip)*
28 LILY PAD LILY + PAD
Down
1 SUPINE SUP + [w]INE
2 PALTRY PAL[e] + TRY
3 IMPRESSION double def – “fancy” as in a belief
5 INTERLEAF = a blank page inserted into, or “introduced to” a book
7 SHAMANIC (maniacs)* around [Scotc]H
8 SPLOTCHY PLOT + C[irca]=about all inside SHY=cast in the sense of a throwing something
13 ANALYTICAL ANAL + L[ine] all around rev(A CITY)
15 ROCK PLANT e.g. London Pride
16 ORGANISM (roaming’s)*
17 SPINSTER double def
19 DOO-WOP rev(P O WOOD). “deal” can refer to softwood
20 ASTRID A + ST + RID
23 RENAL [bea]N inside REAL
24, 6 HEMPSEED HEED around MPS + [coars]E

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Beelzebub 1,029 (08/11/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on 20th November 2009

Simon Harris.

Now here's a turn up for the books: a Beelzebub that I couldn't actually finish. The Chambers search suggests that the only possible entry for 11dn is BANANALAND, leaving 32ac as RD?EES, which is quite clearly preposterous. That said, my own entry for 32ac doesn't appear in Chambers, so who knows. I also can't make sense of 25ac, so not a great week for me, all in all.

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Independent 7,207 by Phi

Posted by Simon Harris on 20th November 2009

Simon Harris.

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

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Financial Times 13,239 / Mudd

Posted by shuchi on 20th November 2009

shuchi.

Mudd gives us many amusing clues today with his trademark tongue-in-cheek definitions. Lots of fun.

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Inquisitor 150, EGOTISM by Loda

Posted by Hihoba on 20th November 2009

Hihoba.

After two weeks of fiendish Inquisitors, we were due an easy one. Happily for my blogging this was it!

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