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Beelzebub 1,065 (18/07/2010)

Posted by Simon Harris on July 28th, 2010

Simon Harris.

A rather interrupted solve for me, this one: initially tackled in two sessions separated by a week in Scotland, with the last two entries remaining unsolved several additional days later. I’ve reproduced the two clues at 29ac and 25dn in case readers fancy helping out.

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

Across
1 BORIS GODUNOV – ((DOUR SING)* in BOO) + V.
10 RAIDER – A in RIDER. Apparently a “rider” is “a gold coin bearing a mounted figure”.
12 RACE – triple definition, I think: streak/run/tear away.
13 BLETHERER – THERE replacing (“for”) the A in BLE[a]R.
14 NUKE – UK in NE.
16 CAMPOS – CAMP + OS.
17 DIVALI – DI + VALI[d].
18 NON-METALLIC – (CALL TIN ME NO)*.
19 IONOSPHERIC – (HOPE IRON’S)* + I + C.
23 OMENTA – OMEN + TA.
24 OOIDAL – OO (“round shapes”) + ID[e]AL.
26 FALL – dd., sort of. Both Adam and Ahab appear to have suffered falls.
28 ONE-HANDED – O + ((HAN + D) in NEED) .
29 DE??Skilful guy failing to finish tape for agent?.
30 EN BEAU – (NB in EE) + Au.
31 AD REFERENDUM – (REMADE REFUND)*.
Down
1 BRANCHIOPODA – BRANCH + I + OP + O + ‘D + A.
2 OAHU – OA[t] + HU[t].
3 RISK MONEY – SIR< + MONKEY, with the K ("one thousand") advancing.
4 SELDOM – L in MODES<.
5 GREASEPAINT – PAGEANTRIES*.
6 DAHLIA – (AIL + HAD)<.
7 UREA – U + [a]REA.
8 OCELLI – CELL in (O[ne] + I).
9 VERTICILLIUM – VERT + I + C + ILL + MUI[r]<.
11 STADTHOLDER – (D in THAT’S*) + OLDER.
15 VALIDATED – VALI + DATED.
20 OMENED – MEN in OED.
21 STRAFF – [gardene]R in STAFF.
22 EOCENE – E + ONCE* + E.
25 ?H?EBent pipe support getting run off.
27 LUAU – more than one, i.e. LUAUS, would be USUAL*.

2 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,065 (18/07/2010)”

  1. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Simon
    29ac is DEMO[n] (skilful guy failing to finish) – the tape that performers give their prospective agent

    25dn is SHOE SHO[r]E (support getting run off). I think this would have been clearer with ‘run out’. From Chambers:

    shoe – the short bent part at the bottom of a downpipe that directs water away from the wall
    shore – a temporary prop used to support a wall, excavation, etc, to prevent slipping, sagging, etc

  2. nmsindy says:

    Thanks for the blog, Simon. I too solved this puzzle over a few sessions and found it quite difficult. SE corner I found the hardest, favourite clue LUAU. FALL I got only near the end – I thought the Ahab reference may have been to Moby Dick and the fall(3) entry in Chambers – with the reference to Adam, as you say, being from the Fall of Man.

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