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Beelzebub 1,029 (08/11/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on November 20th, 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.

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

Across
1 MOPANE – PAN in MOE.
5 HOLISM – IS in HOLM.
10 ASHRAMITES – A + (AS HERMITS)*.
12 LOGISTICAL – IT’S* in LOGICAL.
14 SAOLA – A in SOLA.
15 INGO – [b]INGO.
17 OSSEIN – NOESIS*.
18 FAIRINGS – dd.
19 EVOE – EVO[k]E.
20 ENSA – [m]EN’S A[musement] &lit.
21 STEEPENS – (TEE + PEN) in SS.
24 PATTIE – 1 in PATTE.
26 SLAV – S + LAV &lit.
29 USURE – US + URE.
30 MAN-QUELLER – MANQUÉ + [ki]LLER.
31 PURESCENT – PUT + (S in RECENT).
32 ROUÉES – I guess, i.e. ROUÉ with an extra E. The clue is “Degenerates with extra drug and drinks.”
33 NESSIE – [m]EISSEN<. Meissen china is apparently the same as Dresden china.
Down
1 MASSIF – MAS + SIF[t].
2 PHLOGISTON – (HOPING LOTS)*.
3 NAGARI – (A + G) in IRAN<.
4 EMIT – TIME<.
5 HISTOGEN – (EG ON THIS)*.
6 OTTO – OTT + O[il].
7 LEIRS – IR in LES.
8 STATIONARY – STAY “binding” RATION*.
9 MOLINE – MO + LINE.
11 BANANALAND? – “Sound of ewe takes in stupid male sheep group”.
13 CHEVELURES – CHEES[e] “importing” VEL[o]UR.
16 INTEGERS – STEERING*.
20 EPIMER – EMPIRE*.
22 EVULSE – (L in US) in EVE.
23 SVELTE – L in (SEE TV)*.
25 TOQUE – Another one I can’t explain. “Hat crown almost entirely without crowning quality“.
27 JUTE – JU[s]TE.
28 GLEN – G[a]LEN.

4 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,029 (08/11/09)”

  1. Eileen says:

    Hi Simon

    I didn’t do this puzzle but 11dn must be BANANARAMA: NANA RAM in BAA

  2. Simon Harris says:

    Thanks Eileen, that explains why it isn’t in Chambers! So 32ac must be RAKEES, which I hovered over but inexplicably discounted.

  3. Eileen says:

    Hi Simon, yes, I was just about to say that I’d worked out 32ac from your comment! [I can't see 25dn, though.]

  4. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Simon
    I was typing a comment re 11d and 32a as Eileen added her comment, then I had to go to the shops so belatedly here is 25d:

    TO[p] (crown almost) QU[it]E (entirely without crowning quality)

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