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Beelzebub 1,044 (21/02/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on February 26th, 2010

Simon Harris.

My ongoing quest to complete a whole Beelzebub unaided led to a full grid, yet with a couple of silly errors. Still, a good week and always a pleasure to work out the unfamiliar words from the subsidiary indications.

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

Across
1 JUDOJUD + O[lympic].
4 SPICE BOXSP + ICEBOX.
10 ERYTHEMATIC – [piec]E + RY + THEMATIC.
12 JESTER – JE + STER.
13 OLIVES – O + LIVES.
15 FIAT – A in FIT.
16 NIRVANA – (V in IRAN) in NA.
17 BLUNKL in BUNK.
19 VENIREMAN – (MAIN NEVER)*.
21 LIFELINES – FELINE in LIS.
24 YERBA – R[iver] B[ank] in YEA.
25 APHASIC – (A CHAP IS)*.
27 DUALU in LAD<.
29 ISCHIA – IS CHI[n]A.
30 ISTHMI – THIS* + MI.
31 EARNESTNESS – (SENSE AREN’T)*.
32 ASSIGNEESA< + SEEING*.
33 ARCH – [m]ARCH.
Down
1 JEJUNELY – JUNE in JE[l]LY (Gelignite).
2 DYSURY – [ma]Y [annoy]S [yo]U in DRY.
3 OTTO – 0 + OTT<.
4 SHEVA – (HE + V) in SA.
5 PERENNIAL – ([yea]R in (LAIN + NEEP)<).
6 CALIBRELIB in CARE.
7 BIVIUM – (I + V + I) in BUM.
8 OCEANARIUMS – CO< + (US MARINES)*.
9 XYST – X + Y + ST. X and Y being the axes on a typical graph.
11 RELIGIEUSES – (I SEE GRUEL IS)*. Probably my favourite clue this week.
14 MAINPRISE – MAIN + PRISE.
18 KNACKISH – [t]ACK in KNISH.
20 ELATING – ATINGLE*.
22 FRACAS – FRA + CAS[e].
23 ESCHER – ES + CHER.
26 HASTEH + ASTE[rn].
27 DIVA – D[onizetti] I[n] V[erona] A[rena] &lit.
28 ETNA – [itali]AN TE[rritory] &lit.

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