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Beelzebub 1,045 (28/02/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on March 5th, 2010

Simon Harris.

A tough week, I found, so no danger of getting far without Chambers. Still an enjoyable challenge as always.

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

Across
1 SCOTCH MIST – SCOT + CH[e]MIST.
10 THRO – THRO[w].
11 CULPRIT – (LP in CUR) + IT.
13 IONICISE – IO + (SINCE I)*.
14 ISLEMAN – IS + L + NAME<.
15 UNDID – (D in UNI) + D.
16 CTENES – N in (C + TEES). I thought I must have gone wrong when CT____ emerged! But no, a CTENE is “a comb-like swimming organ in the Ctenophora”.
18 FLORENCE – (L + OR) in FENCE.
20 ARGUMENT – GUM in [p]ARENT.
23 LAMINA – ANIMAL<.
25 CIRRI – [picni]C IRRI[tating].
26 DÉMENTI – MAN in DIET*.
27 RENDZINA – Z in (REND IN A).
28 ELEMENT – (E in ELM) + TEN*.
29 ROVE – dd.
30 TONGUESTER – GUEST in (TONE + R).
Down
1 STRICHST + RICH.
2 CHESTERFIELD – (SET RICH CHILD)*.
3 TOMENTUM – OMEN in MUTT<.
4 CHIME – [whi]CH I ME[morised].
5 MUNNION – M + (N in UNION).
6 ILIUM – dd.
7 TRIDENTINE – (RID in TEN) + TINE.
8 DISINCENTIVE – SINCE in INVITED*.
9 STEDDEDD in STEE[p].
12 CLEW-GARNET – (W + G) in (CLEAR + NET).
17 BESMEARSB + (MERE ASS)*.
19 LEADING – LEAD + ING.
20 ACCREW – CR in (ACE + W).
21 WAITER – I in WATER.
22 MIZENZ in MIEN.
24 AMAZE – AMAZ[on] + [thos]E.

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