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Beelzebub 1,033 (06/12/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on December 20th, 2009

Simon Harris.

This was easily the toughest Beelzebub I can remember having come across. A first, unaided session yielded only three or four answers. Reinforcements were called in, and the remainder of the puzzle took two of us several hours. In a couple of places, entries seem to differ from anything I could find in Chambers, but I may simply not have been looking hard enough.

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

Across
1 CRACKSMAN – SMACK* in CRAN.
7 AWK – AWK[ward]. I use Awk fairly regularly, so should have got this a lot sooner. The clue prompted some debate as to whether Awk is really a language per se. Chambers says it is though, and we eventually reached a consensus that it is indeed “quite languagey”.
10 HALLUCINOGEN – (UNHINGE LOCAL)*.
11 ANOA – AN OA[p].
13 PROBE – PROB[lem] + E.
14 SUN DANCENC in SUNDAE.
16 EMESIS – [vehicl]E + ME + SIS.
17 SCHLIEMANN – MAN in LICHENS*. Heinrich Schliemann.
18 HODGEPODGE – HODGE + PODGE.
20 ELUTOR – (ROT ULE)<.
23 IATRICAL – 1 + (C in A TRIAL). We were slowed by not finding this in Chambers, though “-iatric” is there as an “adjective combining form”.
24 ISLET – I + (L in SET).
25 NAPA – NAP + A.
27 SEISMOGRAPHS – (1 SMOG) in PHRASES*.
28 EST – dd., the timezone being Eastern Standard Time.
29 SARVODAYA – (ARVO + DAY) in SA.
Down
1 CHA – CHA[d]. Mr. Chad was the “wot no…” character with the large hooter who liked to peer over walls. I must admit I wasn’t aware of his wartime origins – he was still quite commonplace in my very early childhood days, perhaps as late as the early 80s.
2 RANUNCULUSES – R[oses] + A NUN + CUL[t] + USES.
3 ALONG – ALON[e] + G.
4 KUMARI – KUMAR[a] + [gnocch]I.
5 MINCEMEATS – lovely reverse cryptic, MEATS* being STEAM.
6 NORTEÑOSRTÉ in NO-NOS.
7 AGOG – AG + GO[ld]<.
8 WEBLIOGRAPHY – (HOW I + P[repare] + BY + LARGE)*.
9 KNEE SWELL – K + SEEN< + WELL. This seems to be hyphenated in my Chambers, while the clue specifies two words.
12 INTEGRATOR – GRANITE* + TOR.
14 SYSTEMISE – (STEM + 1’S) in SYE .
15 PLOTLESS – (SETS POLL)*.
19 PER PRO – PERP + RO.
21 SCAPA – S + APAC[e]<. Alt. spelling of “scarper”.
22 ALIT – 1 in ALT.
26 ASA – A + SA.

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