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Beelzebub 1,047 (14/03/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on March 19th, 2010

Simon Harris.

The usual top-quality puzzle, perhaps a little easier that the last couple of toughies we’ve had.

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

Across
1 UPSPEARED – (PAPERS DUE)*.
11 ERNE – R in ENE.
12 EYEPIECE – hom. of “I” + hom. of “peace”.
13 DOUBLE-MINDED – DOUBLE M (2 * M = 2000) + INDE[e]D.
16 AIRS – A IRS.
17 SAFETY NET – TYNE in FEAST*.
19 SIDER – (I + D) in SER.
20 ANKARA – AN + ARAK<.
21 UNITALU + LATIN<.
23 TAMIN – if in SA (“it”), you’d have STAMINA.
24 UNDERDECK – UNDER DECK.
26 PUPA – (AP + UP)<.
29 SPIDER STITCH – (PREDICTS THIS)*. Nice misdirection here, thanks to “sewer”.
30 IGNORANTN in (I + GO + RANT).
31 CALK – C[h]ALK.
32 ESCAROLES – 0 in CARELESS*.
Down
2 PROCAINE – (CORE PAIN)*.
3 SNUFF-DIPPING – (NUFF + DIP) in SIPPING.
4 PEBA – B in PEA.
5 AYE AYE – [l]AYE[r] + [l]AYE[r].
6 REMAN – REMA[i]N.
7 EPICENTRE – EPIC + ENTRÉ[e].
8 MEDICAMENTAL – [pr]EDICAMENT in MAL.
9 ACER – [f]ACER.
10 REDSHANKS – REDS + HANKS.
14 ASSUMPSIT – SUMPS in (A SIT).
15 STRANGERSSTR + ANGERS.
18 TRICYCLE – [length]Y in (T[urning] + CIRCLE)*.
22 CESSNA – CESS + NA.
25 DIRAC – I in CARD<.
27 UPGO – OGPU<, which was apparently "the Russian secret police of 1922–34".
28 FICO – I in FCO.

One Response to “Beelzebub 1,047 (14/03/10)”

  1. nmsindy says:

    Great blog. Yes, this was good, found SE corner the toughest with CALK and chalk being meanings I’d not heard of and FICO resisting as I did not think of FCO. Favourite clue UNITAL also esp liked DOUBLE-MINDED and others.

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