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Beelzebub 1,043 (14/02/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on February 19th, 2010

Simon Harris.

A very enjoyable week, with some really nice anagrams. For my own part, I managed all but 13ac unaided, which may be a record for me, yet that one eluded me due to a crisis of confidence having guessed the correct answer but misread the wordplay.

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

Across
3 OBJECT BALL – OBJECT + B + ALL.
10 EARLESS – def. + enjoyable cd.
11 EPIC – def. + cd. Think of “e-mail”, “e-commerce” etc.
12 ORIENT – OR + (EN in IT).
13 LODENSOD in LENS.
15 POST-DOCTORAL – POST + DO + CT + ORAL.
16 HUSH UP – HUS + HUP. John Hus was indeed a Bohemian reformer, martyred in 1415.
19 IPSO JUREJ in (OUR PIES)* .
20 SHERBETS – HERB in SETS.
24 INSOLE – N in (I + SOLE).
25 CUCKING STOOLC + (LOCKING OUT + S[tudents])*. I wonder how many were tempted to write in DUCKING STOOL, given a few checking letters.
27 SCEATT – SCOT, with EAT in place of O, hence “worry for nothing”.
28 MAISIE – MAIS + I + E.
29 FEET – FEE + T.
30 PIECENS – (I + EC) in PENS.
31 ORDER PAPER – (READ PROPER)*.
Down
1 GEOPHYSICS – (GIPSY CHOSE)*. Familiar from a certain archaelogy-related TV programme!
2 FARO – FAR + O.
3 ORISSA – (R + I) in OSSA.
4 BLETHERSKATE – HE in (BEST TALKER)*.
5 ESTOPPEL – ST in PEOPLE*.
6 TOO-TOO – TOOT + OO.
7 BED OF JUSTICE – (BIJOU DEFECTS)*.
8 APERCU – [p]APER CU[p].
9 LINACRE – LINAC + RE.
14 SLEEVELESS – (L[ong] + LEVEE<) in SESS.
17 ASTIGMIA – A + IMAGIST*.
18 CHAUCER – CH + [s]AUCER.
21 EXCEED – EX CE + ED.
22 BAITER – A in BITER.
23 LOOSER – 0 in LOSER.
26 OINK – [hipp]O IN K[nowsley].

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