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Beelzebub 1,039 (17/01/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on January 22nd, 2010

Simon Harris.

One of my fastest Beelzebub solves of recent times, as witnessed by me blogging this on the Sunday, for once. There is just one – at 29ac – for which I can find no reference. Some interesting, Azed-like clueing today.

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

Across
1 ASSISTS – [b]ASSISTS.
7 SABERSAB + ER. American spelling of “sabre”.
11 RE-EMERGE – REE + (G[o] in MERE).
12 EASEL – [w]EASEL.
13 RAJA – (A JAR)<.
14 AN OAKEN TOWEL – (AWAKEN ONE LOT)*.
15 PHYLARCH – HYL[e] in PARCH.
18 TORC – T OR C.
19 AUSTRALST in AURAL.
21 UPFRONTF in (U + PRONT[o]).
22 ACNEC in (A + N + E).
24 EDENTATA – EDEN + TA-TA.
26 CHESTERFIELD – (ST in CHEER) + FIELD. I didn’t know that a “canapé” is also a sofa, but I do now!
29 HAIT – HAIT[i]. This comes with smallish question mark, as I can find AIT but not HAIT.
30 ACTIN – ACTIN[g].
31 ADJACENT – A DJ + ACE + N[o]T.
32 NAILS – N + AILS.
33 REALIGN – AL[l] in REIGN.
Down
1 AHEAP – A HE + AP.
2 STANHOPE – PHAETONS*.
3 SO-SOSOS + 0.
4 IDEAL CRYSTAL – (RADICAL STYLE)*.
5 TEHERAN – H in (TEE + RAN).
6 SEEN – hom. of “scene”.
7 SMITHSON – SMITHS + ON. James Smithson was the chap who founded the Smithsonian.
8 AEROSTATICAL – (EROICA AT LAST)*. These long anagrams are always rather fun to work out, especially when the entry is unfamiliar.
9 BRAWL – BRAW + L[ad].
10 REAL ALE – (this + PINT)* is PANTELLERIA. The “this plus x anagrams to y” clue format always reminds me of Azed. I wonder what the chances of finding a decent pint of real ale in Pantelleria are, however!
16 ALOETICS – SOCIETAL*.
17 BANTLING – ANT in BLING.
18 TULCHAN – (L[ow] + CH) in TUAN.
20 UTERINE – TRUE* + [l]INE.
23 MEIJI – [ti]ME + I + J + I.
25 ADNAN – [jorda]N AND A[rabia]<, and presumably &lit, though I'm not familiar with the name.
27 EWER – [s]EWER.
28 ETUI – (I + UTE)<.

One Response to “Beelzebub 1,039 (17/01/10)”

  1. Gaufrid says:

    Simon
    I don’t have the clue for 29ac but, if it helps, Chambers has “haet, ha’it or hate (Scot) a whit [from the phrase deil ha'it devil have it]“

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