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Beelzebub 1,062 (27/06/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on July 3rd, 2010

Simon Harris.

Despite a good crop of longer entries, I seemed to find Beelzebub relatively straightforward this week, making my way through unaided, with just the one slip at 5dn.

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

Across
1 CROSS-DATING – CROSS + (TIN in DAG).
10 REFIT – REF + IT.
11 ENNIUS – (INN in SUE)<.
12 VIBRISSAE – BRIS[k] in (I SAVE)*.
13 LEIR – RIEL<.
16 GRANULOSE – (SUGAR + ONE + L)*.
17 ELIMINATIONS – (I + MILE)< + NATIONS.
18 RANUNCULUSES – RAN + (NUCLEUS* in US).
20 SLAUGHTER – S + LAUGHTER.
23 SHOE – SHO[r]E.
24 AMBULACRA – (MAUL A CRAB)*.
25 TEA SET – TEASE + [bes]T.
26 NARES – [me]N ARE S[natching].
27 NICKEL STEEL – (KEEN CELLIST)*.
Down
2 REVEAL – EVER< + A L.
3 OFFICINAL – N in OFFICIAL along with two definitions, I think: “doctor’s” and “employed in a shop”.
4 STIRRINGS – STIR + RINGS.
5 DIBRANCHIATE – DAB + RACH + I ATE. The only D_B fish I could think of was DAB, so wrote that in.
6 AERONAUTICAL – (A REAL CAUTION)*.
7 IN SE – [r]IN SE.
8 GUANS – A in GUNS.
9 USELESSNESS – USE LESS + NESS. I thought this was fun, “conservation request” for USELESS.
10 ROLLERSKATE – ROLLER + SKATE.
14 OUTLEARNS – (US LATER + NO)*.
15 NOOSPHERE – SOON< + P + HERE.
19 EPOPEE – [th]E POPE E[ndeavours].
21 LIMEN – LI + MEN.
22 FUSC – [to]FU’S C[harred].

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