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Beelzebub 1,030 (15/11/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on November 27th, 2009

Simon Harris.

A perhaps over-ambitious attempt on my part, to finish this without any kind of research materials. I filled the grid in reasonable time, but it seems I invented a couple of words in the process! SENHORA was particularly elusive, as neither SEN nor HORA was familiar. I had one other careless misspelling, but otherwise a pretty good showing, I think, and a great puzzle as always.

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

Across
1 SPORTS JACKET – S + PORTS + JACKET.
10 YEDE – [e]YED + E.
12 EPURATE – EP + (A TRUE)*.
13 NEGLECT – GEN< + LECT.
14 TROUTTR + OUT.
15 GIZZEN – G + [m]IZZEN.
16 HAMMERSTEIN – (ME + R) in (THIS NAME)*.
18 EBRIETY – BRIE in YET*.
21 SENHORA – SEN + HORA.
23 ANGELS’ SHARE – [troop]S in (GENERAL HAS)*. I thought “loss of spirit” was a nicely misleading def. here.
25 SMEECH – EC in HEMS<.
27 SOLVE – SO + L[o]VE.
28 ANEURIN – AN + URINE*.
29 ARTISTE – (‘TIS + T) in ARE.
30 SOLS – SO[u]LS.
31 STEPMOTHERLY – (TEMPER’S HOTLY)*.
Down
1 SYNTHESIS GAS – S + (HASTINGS YES)*.
2 PEERAGE – PEE + RAGE.
3 RELUME – MULE< in RE.
4 SECURER – CURÉ in SER.
5 AUDITRESSES – AU + (IT in DRESSES).
6 CROZE – R in COZE. It took me a while to fully explain this – “repeated part of barrel, part of barrel” seemed odd, but of course R is the repeated part of barrel! Excellent clue.
7 KARZIES – KAR[k] + SIZE*.
8 ETHE – E + THE.
9 TEENSY-WEENSY – TEEN + SY + WEEN + SY.
11 HETEROECISM – (SOME HERETIC)*.
17 ANNETTE – NET in ANTE.
19 BASINET – SINE in BAT.
20 TORVILL – TOR + V. ILL.
22 CHOUSE – C + HOUSE.
24 GENIPG + PINE<.
26 MART – TRAM<.

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