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Beelzebub 1,038 (10/01/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on January 15th, 2010

Simon Harris.

A very tough week for me, not helped by not being able to locate an unusually high number of the answers in Chambers, rather than just the names and places.

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

Across
1 PAS-DE-CALAIS – (DA[n]CES)* in PALAIS. A départment of France.
10 AWEIGH – A W EIGH[t].
11 LEAN-TO – ANT in LEO.
12 STRUDELS + (D[electable] in TRUE + L).
15 OVERPLUS – OVER + P + LUS[t].
16 ADENI – DEN in A1.
17 HAOMA – HA + OM + A.
18 LINACRE – LINAC + RE.
20 AGRINCH + the answer would be CHAGRIN.
21 FATLY – (A + [wurs]T) in FLY.
22 ARMLETS – M in [v]ARLETS.
24 OBIIT – OBI + IT.
26 VISIT – V + I + SIT.
27 RANSACKS – RAN SACKS.
29 LYNCEAN – Y[outhful] N[atural] C[inema] in (David) LEAN. A director with whom I am only familiar via crosswords!
30 MIZZLE – MIZZ + L[if]E.
31 PICNIC – (I in PC) + hom. of “nick”.
32 CESAREVITCH – CE’S + (TH EVICAR)*. I initially assumed this was somebody’s name, but in fact it appears to be a title meaning “the eldest son of a tsar”.
Down
1 PASCAL – PASC[h]AL. Blaise Pascal, I would guess, though philosophy is all a bit of a mystery to me.
2 SERPENTINIZE – (PRIZE + INTENSE)*.
3 DIURNALIST – INDUSTRIAL*.
4 CHEVYC + HE[a]VY. Here “badger” is a verb, and so the answer is an alternative spelling of “chivvy”.
5 ALLEGER – ALL + EGER.
6 LEER – REEL<.
7 INFLORESCENT – (L in INFO) + RE + SCENT. This doesn’t seem to be in Chambers, but a quick web search suggests that it’s valid.
8 STRUMITIS – STRUM + IT IS.
9 GOSSAN – GOSS + AN.
13 I PAGLIACCI – (G in (I + PAL + I ACC)) + I.
14 ADIABATIC – [l]A[b] in (ACID A BIT)*.
19 RAUCLER – (A CURLER)*.
21 FORUMS – OF< + RUMS.
23 STANCH – TAN in SCH.
25 SKYPE – P in SKYE.
28 AMLA – ALMA<.

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