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Beelzebub 1,054 (02/05/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on May 8th, 2010

Simon Harris.

Well I never, two weeks running with a correctly-filled grid and not so much as a look at Chambers. This week did feel a lot tougher than last week though, and by the time the NE corner came together I was all but guessing. It’s a credit to the setter that it’s possible to work out so many unfamiliar terms purely through diligent attention to the very fair clues. Beelzebub remains a very satisfying solve, and one I’d recommend to all Fifteensquared readers.

There’s something NINA-like going on in the grid, but I can’t put my finger on it. Row five reads “AS TIME TO COME” and row seven begins “TO WAR” and ends “IT IS”. I’m clearly missing something though, and I now wonder how often I might have missed such things in the past!

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

Across
2 STRIKEBOUND – STRIKE + BOUND.
10 SLEEVE DOG – SLEEVE + DO + G[ames].
12 MARTINI – TIN in MARI.
13 TWOCS – TWO C[ar]S. Derived from Taken Without Consent, but apparently now a word in its own right.
14 SEASON – SEA’S ON.
15 UPASU + PAS.
18 TO COMECO in TOME.
19 THANEDOMS – (A N) in (THE + DO + MS).
23 ARTERITIS – IRRITATES*.
26 AT ONCE – TON in ACE.
29 CRUD – CRUD[e].
30 DEFILE – dd.
32 HOWFF – HOW + F[riend] + F[amily].
33 GIGOLOS – GIG + SOLO<.
34 PULVILLUS – VIL[e] in (PULL + US).
35 DOUBLE-ENDER – DOUB[t] + ([mortgag]E in LENDER).
Down
1 ISMS – from MISS, with the M moved downwards, i.e. “depressed”.
2 SLAES – SEALS<.
3 TERATA – ER in (TA + TA).
4 RETSINA – [c]ANISTER<.
5 KENNED – KENNE[l] + D[rain].
6 EDICTC in EDIT.
7 BOTTOMRY – MOTTO< in (BR + [industr]Y).
8 UROPOD – POUR* + OD.
9 DISSEISE – DISS + (I SEE)*.
11 SCAMPI – S[lurry] + CAMP + I.
16 ATTACHEDATT + ACHED.
17 MERCIFUL – (FIRM CLUE)* &lit. It’s certainly kind to use “anagram” as an anagrind! Nice clue.
20 HOT ROD – HO + TROD.
21 SIXFOLD – IX in SOLD.
22 WOU-WOUW + OU, repeatedly. The university in question is probably Oxford, but I’ll nail my colours to the mast in the annotation!
24 ENDIVE – END + I’VE.
25 TUILLE – I in TULLE.
27 EAGLE – [b]EAGLE. A nicely misleading Ancient Mariner/golfing reference mixture here.
28 FLOUR – L[ight] in FOUR.
31 ESSE – ESSE[n].

One Response to “Beelzebub 1,054 (02/05/10)”

  1. Beelzebub says:

    You may relax: row 5 is as much a surprise to me as it is to you. There aren’t many Ninas in Beelzebub – but nor are they entirely absent, as a freshly-completed grid on my computer shows.

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