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Beelzebub 1,060 (13/06/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on June 23rd, 2010

Simon Harris.

After the first four across entries fell straight in, I thought this might be an easy one. Not so, but I got there. In two clues the wordplay escapes me, however, and I’ve reproduced the clues for those in case passers-by fancy a look.

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

Across
1 TRACTABLE – CART< + TABLE.
11 GUSH – [helpin]G US H[andle].
12 HOBNAIL – HOB + N + AIL.
13 INTERPRETIVE – (PRETTIER VEIN)*.
14 PARAPH – RAP in HAP<.
15 SERAC – R in (SEA + C).
16 EUCARYOT – (YOU REACT)*.
18 NONETTI – NETT in NO 1.
22 SCALENI – SCALE + IN<.
23 OVERSHOT – OVERS + HOT.
25 FANES – FAN + [p]E[w]S.
27 FEAGUE – Fe + AGUE.
28 LITTERATEURS – (RUL[e] TIERS ETAT)*.
29 ENLISTS – [m]EN + LISTS. I’m not sure how to make LISTS from “battleground”. The clue was Engages leaderless soldiers in battleground.
30 CIEL – CIE + L. Again, not sure here. I guess there’s a French company named CIE. The name even rings a bell, but Google isn’t forthcoming. Line? French firm’s line.
31 NOSE CANDY – (C AS DONE)* in NY &lit. Here, “C” refers to cocaine.
Down
2 RUN AMOK – (AN< in RUM) + OK.
3 ASTRINGENTLY – (RANTING STYLE)*.
4 CHEAP – C + HEAP.
5 TURPETHS – THE* in TURPS.
6 BORACIC – B + OR + A CIC.
7 ENTERA – [c]ENTER + A.
8 FAIRY PENGUIN – FAIR + (PEN in GUY*) + I + N.
9 DIVA – DIVA[gate].
10 ELECTRIZE – (LECT + RI) in EZE[k].
14 PANTOFLES – PANTO + FLES[h].
17 APATETIC – APAT[h]ETIC.
19 T-SHIRTS – SHIR in TT’S.
20 INJURED – J in INURED.
21 CRETIN – CRETI[c] + N.
24 CAECA – [sor]E in (CA + CA).
26 AINÉ – A IN E.

2 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,060 (13/06/10)”

  1. IanB says:

    Lists are the arenas in which jousting tournaments are held.

    A passer-by

  2. Conrad Cork says:

    Cie is French for a company. ‘Et Cie’ means ‘& Co’.

    Good puzzle.

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