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Beelzebub 1,036 (27/12/09)

Posted by Simon Harris on January 2nd, 2010

Simon Harris.

A solve of two halves for me – all but 25ac and a handful in the SE corner went in very quickly, while the rest took two or three more sessions, a bit of brute-force work and perhaps even some mild cheating. Still, I got there and can have no grumbles about any of the clues.

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

Across
1 AFEARED – EAR in A FED.
6 APSIS – AP + S + IS.
10 ROLLING STONEST in (ROLLING + ONE).
11 OWLER – [b]OWLER. “Runs” in the smuggling sense.
12 VACUATE – A in (V + ACUTE).
13 BEGUNKED – BEGUN + KED.
15 DIP INDI + PIN.
18 OSMOMETER – (SEEM + MOTOR)*. “I’ll assess solution” is a nicely misleading definition here.
20 OGEN MELON – MEL in (0 GEN ON).
23 DOUAI – D + (A in OUI).
25 FIRBOLGS – (GIRLS OF B[elfast])*. Solving was slightly slowed by not finding this unfamiliar term in Chambers, but the wordplay is clear and the unusual checking letters meant it could be little else.
26 LEISURE – (1 + SUR[e]) in LEE.
27 BIKIE – 1 in (BK + IE).
28 ACCELERATION – (LACE CREATION)*. The def “I’m represented by a…” was very cleverly hidden.
29 BEAUT – U in BEAT.
30 PSCHENT – SCH in PENT.
Down
1 A-ROAD – A[b]ROAD.
2 FOWLING-PIECE – hom. of “fouling peace”.
3 ELLIPSE – E + SPILL< + [gam]E.
4 ALERIONS – from AILERONS, “with I out of place”.
5 ENVERMEIL – (NEVER LIME)*.
6 ASCUS – CU in ASS.
7 SOAKS – OAK in SS.
8 INTENERATION – ERA in INTENTION.
9 SEEDERS – E[nemy] D[efences] in SEERS.
14 GEOLOGERS – GOOGLE* + E[ach] R[esearch] S[tudy].
16 XENOLITH – (H + OIL NEXT)*.
17 CONFLAB – CON + FLAB.
19 TRUCKIE – RUCK in TIE.
21 ERICA – IRE< + CA.
22 OULT – L in POUT.
24 IDENT – DEN in IT &lit.

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