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Beelzebub 1,049 (28/03/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on April 4th, 2010

Simon Harris.

A very nearly pangrammatic grid this week. No sign of a K, however. I suppose it’s not impossible that I’ve slipped up somewhere, but I’m fairly confident that it isn’t there.

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

Across
4/10 STILLROOM MAID – (STOLID + IMMORAL)*.
11 ACROAMATIC – (AROMA + CACTI)*.
12 ULEX – ULE + X. The Z denotes “multiplied by”, thus “times”.
14 PENI – PENI[tent].
15 RETROGRESSEDR + (OGRES in DESERT*).
16 URSINE – UR + SINE.
17 AURA – A + [j]URA.
19 READ-ONLYR + (ONE LADY)*.
23 MALEMUTE – MALE MUTE.
26 ERGO – ERGO[t].
27 QUMRANQU + (R in MAN).
28 HIGH-SOUNDING – (HIS G)* in HOUNDING.
29 OTTO – [l]OTTO.
30 EDGE – [h]EDGE.
31 PRIESTLIER – RITES* in PLIER.
Down
1 SAURURAEA in (EAR + URUS)<.
2 SCLERECL in SERE.
3 FRETSAWFR + WASTE<.
5 TAXONOMIST – TAX + MOTIONS*.
6 IMAGE – I M[an]AGE.
7 LAUREL – L.A + LURE*. Stan Laurel, of course.
8 RIPESAW – RIP[e] + WAS<.
9 ORNERY – [c]ORNER + Y.
13 DEBYE UNITS – (DUE IN BYTES)*.
18 AVENGERSENG in AVERS.
20 JURIDIC – RID in JUIC[e].
21 CRITICRIT in CIC.
22 COHORN – COHO + RN.
24 APOZEM – OZ in (APE + M).
25 TANGED – TAN + GED.
27 QUASI – QUA[y] + IS<.
28/32 HOME ECONOMIST – (SOMEONE M[e]THO[d]IC[al])*.

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