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Beelzebub 1,032 (29/11/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on December 16th, 2009

Simon Harris.

A quickish blog, as various factors have led to my falling a little way behind with solving Beelzebub. I’ll use this week to play catchup and then hopefully normal service can be resumed. While I have your attention, explanations for 21ac will be gratefully received. The clue is reproduced below.

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

Across
1 ARCH – [m]ARCH.
6 SMOOCH – COOM< in SH.
11 FEATHERY – FEAT + HERY.
12 RULE – RU[bb]LE.
13 PERISICIAN – PER + IS + (1 in CAN).
14 ETCHERS – ETC + HERS.
16 COHESIVENESS – H in (SENSE VOICES)*.
19 NERONIC – N + ER + ON IC[e].
21 SCONCES – a dialect word for head, but I don’t follow the wordplay: “Heads for local for drinks after misbehaving“.
23 AILOUROPHILE – (H + 1) in (LEO OR PAUL I)*.
25 ST. LEGER – LEG in STER[n].
27 HEAT-TREAT – THEATRE* + A + T. Perhaps what I need for my recurrent back problems.
28 UNDÉ – UNDE[r].
29 EURYDICE – RUE< + Y + DICE.
30 STARRY – S + TARRY.
31 USER – U + SER.
Down
1 AFFECT – (FF in AE) + CT.
2 REST – dd.
3 CATCHPOLE – CATCH + POLE.
4 CHEESECUTTER – CHEESE + CUTTER.
5 TERRINE – (E + R) in TRINE.
7 MYSTERY PLAYS – (PRAYS MY STYLE)*.
8 ORCINOL – OR + C + IN + O[i]L .
9 CLAP-SILL – C[ontraption] + LAPS + ILL.
10 HERD – HER + D.
15 NENNIGAIS – ([t]INNING SEA)*.
17 OCCIDENT – END* in (OC + CIT).
18 SNORTER – N in SORTER.
20 ESOTERY – SOT in EERY.
22 VERGER – VERGE + R.
24 THUS – triple, with def. / [violen]T HUS[sar] / def..
26 ECCE – CC in ([fi]E[ld] + [fi]E[ld]).

One Response to “Beelzebub 1,032 (29/11/09)”

  1. duncan shiell says:

    21a is a double definition.

    Sconce = Head is the fourth definition in Chambers.

    The third definition is as follows:

    Sconce: at Oxford University) a fine imposed for some breach of university rules or etiquette (paid in ale or in attempting to drink a large amount of ale without taking a breath, or otherwise ); a two-handled mug used for the purpose (holding about a quart); a forfeit.

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