Posted by Simon Harris on July 16th, 2010
Another relatively swift solve for me this week, with only 2dn forcing me to turn to Chambers in the hope that there wouldn’t be too many entries in there beginning with those six letters!
Still, every time I allow myself to think I’m getting pretty efficient at solving Beelzebub with the minimum recourse to references, a run of absolute sods comes along, so I won’t get too confident just yet.
*=anag, =dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.
|1||RECTRESS – TR in RECESS.|
|6||SANE – SAN + [evidenc]E.|
|9||EXONERATE – EX ONE RATE.|
|11||UNDERBREATH – (TRUE HER BAND)*.|
|12||ASTHMA – A + MATHS*.|
|14||CHAMBER MUSIC – C[oncert] + (CUE BRAHMS I’M)*.|
|15||RANCOUR – RAN COUR[t].|
|18||NATIVES – not sure here:
Indigenous people recalled special quality in parts.
|19||ABOLITIONIST – (INITIAL BOOST)*.|
|20||CLEESE – LEES in CE.|
|22||TRABEATIONS – (BEAT + I + ON) in TRAS[h].|
|23||INCITANTS – I + N + CIT + ANTS.|
|24||AYES – Y in SEA<.|
|25||THIEVERY – I in THE VERY.|
|1||REZA – [d]AZE R[eadily]<. On blogging, I'm not so sure about this – is there such a word? And why is he contented?|
|2||CONTANGO-DAY – CON + (ANG in TODAY). “Ang” for “in English” is new to me, but confirmed by Chambers.|
|3||RE-EMBODIMENT – (MEMBER ON DIET)*.|
|4||SABURRA – A BURR in SA.|
|5||STROMATOLITE – (MOTORIST LATE)*.|
|6||SEE OUT – dd.|
|7||NATTINESS – NAT + TINES + S.|
|8||ETHICIST – E + THI[s] + CIST.|
|10||VARSOVIENNE – V + AR + SO + VIENNE[se[x]].|
|13||SHADBERRY – (HAD + B[racts]) in SERRY.|
|14||CREAM TEA – (M in CREATE) + A.|
|16||UNTEACH – TEA in [h]UNCH.|
|17||ALIBIS – A LIB IS|
|21||EASY – [qu]EASY.|