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Beelzebub 1,059 (06/06/2010)

Posted by Simon Harris on June 17th, 2010

Simon Harris.

Apologies for a delayed post again. The usual top quality puzzle, with the bonus of several good long anagrams this week. I think I found this one of average difficulty, but made life harder for myself by writing in SERENE at 21dn without fully understanding why.

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

Across
1 ARAISE – (RAI in AS) in E[njoy].
5 RUSSIA – ISSU[e] in RA.
9 CARNIFEX – ((N + IF) in CARIFE) + X.
12 CHAMFER – M in CHAFER.
13 OLBERS – B in LOSER*. The astronomer is Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus Olbers.
14 PARRY – PAR + RY.
15 MOUSE-BUTTOCK – (USE + BUT + TO) in MOCK. Probably a larger cut of meat than it sounds!
17 PISTOLET – STOLE in PIT.
20 TRAIPSES – (RISE PAST)*.
22 CONGLOMERATE – (L in CONGO) + (ER in MATE).
23 SPEAKS in PEAK.
24 ADONAI – (DO in ANA) + I.
26 WISTITI – (TWIT IS + I[mitate])*.
27 SENTINELSEN + TINE + L.
28 GRADUS – G + RAD[i]US.
29 DENUDE – (U + D) in DENE.
Down
1 ACCOMPT – (CO + MP) in ACT.
2 ARABA + BAR<.
3 INVESTIGATED – (N in Charles IVES) + (GAT in TIED).
4 SITREP – PRIEST*.
5 REHOUSE – HE< in ROUSE.
6 SOMATOTROPIN – (A PORTION MOST)*.
7 SAFROLE – SAF[e] + ROLE.
8 AIRY -[h]AIRY .
10 ALLOTROPIC – TROOP* in ALLIC[e].
11 PERCENTAGE – (CAN GET PEER)*.
16 VANESSA – VANES + SA.
18 ISOETES – (ET + E) in I SOS.
19 TREILLE – ILL in TREE.
21 SEDATE – TAD< in SEE.
23 SWIG – dd.
25 NON-U – UN[i]ON<.

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