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Beelzebub 1,052 (18/04/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on April 25th, 2010

Simon Harris.

This seemed a very hard one to get in to, with six twelve-letter entries and a good handful of eights and nines. Solving time was therefore spent mostly on the first half of the clues. I may have been making unnecessarily heavy weather of things though, as of course everything seems quite clear with the benefit of hindsight!

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

Across
1 SULPHA – PLUS< + HA.
7 AUNT – [g]AUNT.
10 WOODLARKS – LOAD* in WORKS.
11 BLATHERSKITE – SKIT in (BLAT + HERE).
12 AMNIA – [pl]AIN MA[nner]<.
14 ATOP – A[l]TO + P.
15 EBON – EB[b] + ON.
17 SCANDINAVIAN – SCAN + DIN + AVIAN.
19 MACHICOLATED – (CHICO + LATE) in MAD.
22 VAMP – dd.
24 DORP – PROD<.
25 VINCAV + INC + A.
26 UNHESITATING – (HAT IN SUN I GET)*.
27 PROOEMIUM – (0 + O) in PREMIUM.
28 ECHT – ETCH, with the second letter, T, moved “to last”.
29 RODMAND in ROMAN.
Down
1 SUBAHS – BAH in SUS.
2 LOANBACK – LO + (AC in BANK*).
3 POTIN – POT + IN.
4 ALEMBICATION – (MALE ICON A BIT)*.
5 HARMONOMETER – (MONO + MET) in HARE.
6 ARSENAL – (S in ARENA) + L.
7 AKKAS – KA in SKA<.
8 NOTOGAEIC – (NICE TO GO)*.
9 TREPAN – REP in TAN.
13 MACARONIC – CARO[l] in MANIC.
16 TITANIUMT + (UNIT I AM)*.
18 DIVISOR – VIS in DIOR.
19 MODULE – OD in MULE.
20 DRAGONDR + AGON.
21 APERT – PE in ART.
23 NITID – NIT + ID.

3 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,052 (18/04/10)”

  1. platypus says:

    Hi,
    First let me apologise for probably posting this in the wrong place – but it’s the nearest I could find, and I am on a high because I just finished a Bbub! (quite an achievement for anyone, I reckon, and at the limit of my x-wording ability).
    Clearly this is a thread about Bbub 1052. Is it bad form to post about x-words where the competition is still open for entry? I’ll try to give away as little as poss.
    I’ve finished 1053, and it all makes sense, except for one clue!
    ……… But I have no idea whatsoever how that works with the rest of the clue. I mean, usually I get a sub part, and can then deduce the rest, but I’ve got no entry into this and it’s driving me crazy.
    Your thoughts?
    Thanks.
    MODERATOR – please remove this if I’ve brokn a rule!!! And sorry!!!

    Edited by Admin to remove information about a specific clue

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Hi platypus
    We do not discuss prize puzzles until after the closing date for entries so please be patient and wait for the appropriate blog to appear next weekend.

    I have edited your comment to remove the part that refers to a specific clue.

  3. Simon Harris says:

    Platypus, check back in a couple of days and I’ll make sure to explain the clue as best I can in this week’s post.

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