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Beelzebub 1,034 (13/12/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on December 25th, 2009

Simon Harris.

This one was tackled the East Coast Mainline, so with no access to aids. Sitting down to blog, I see that while I didn’t quite finish the puzzle, I did put in a pretty good showing, with around five answers in the SE corner left unsolved. Let’s hope the remainder make themselves known by the time I get to the end!

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

Across
1 CLAW – C + LAW[n].
4 PUDICITY – PUD + I + CITY.
10 AIRCON – C in (A IRON).
12 ZOONALO in ZONAL. “O” for “Ohio” was unfamiliar, so I spent some time trying to make OH fit somehow.
13 NETHERSTOCKS – NET HER STOCKS.
14 AGILE – [fr]AGILE.
17 DECOR – ROC[k]ED<.
18 DEIGNED – (1 + G + N) in DEED.
19 MAGNESIA – AGNES in AIM<.
21 AMENABLE – B in (AMEN + ALE).
23 NAUTILI – NA + UTILI[se].
25 AEDES – A[r]EDES.
28 VROUW – V + (U in ROW).
29 MODI OPERANDI – (IPOD + RADIO MEN)*.
30 ROUTER – R + OUTER.
31 EOLIAN – O in ELIAN. The essayist is Charles Lamb, who wrote under the pseudonym “Elia”.
32 FLEETEST – FLEE + TEST.
33 DELE – DELE[gate].
Down
1 CANADIANS – (AÏDA + N)< in CANS.
2 LIEGER – I think this must be (1 in LEGER), though I can only see LEG for “swindler” in Chambers, which wouldn’t explain the ER.
3 ARTICLE – ART + (L in ICE).
5 UNRIDABLE – [r]UN + (A BRIDLE)*.
6 IOTA – [b]IOTA.
7 COOK-GENERAL – OK in (CLEANER GO)*.
8 INCAN – IN CAN.
9 TAKE – [s]TAKE.
11 CHLOANTHITE – (HEALTH TONIC)*.
15 NEGLIGÉES – EG< in (NEG + LIES).
16 ADAM’S WINE – DAM in (A SWINE).
20 SIDONIE – IS< + (1 in DONE).
22 FEUDAL – FEUD + AL[l].
24 UNDUE – U + NUDE*.
26 DOOL – dd.
27 POET – 0 in PET.

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