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Beelzebub 1,066 (25/07/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on August 4th, 2010

Simon Harris.

A pretty tough week, I found. Despite the auspicious puzzle number, I don’t see any Hastings-related material here, but then I will tend to miss whole themes entirely. 19ac remains unexplained.

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

Across
1 MECHANICALS – (CLASH + CINEMA)*. The Rude Mechanicals are the theatre company who perform the play-within-a-play in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
11 UGLY – U[psetting]G L[ad]Y.
12 MONOCYTE – hom. of “mono sight”.
13 NGANA – (A NAG + N)<.
14 CAROLCA + ROL[e].
15 HERMITIC – HERM + I + TIC.
17 MUCUS – MUC[k] + US.
19 NITROANILINE – I can’t explain this one: Splashes repeated in oriental dye.
20 DEVIL-MAY-CARE – (LADY + MAVERIC[k] + [sauc]E)*.
21 ISSEI – ISS[u]E + I.
26 BROCCOLI – BROC[c] + COLI[c].
27 ETUIS – (U in SITE)<.
28 AGRIN – [ch]AGRIN.
29 SELEUCID – (I[srael] + CUE)< in SELD.
30 AREG – ARE + G[obi].
31 PLUMASSIERS – PLUM + ([oth]ER in ASSIS[t]). “Plum” was apparently P.G. Wodehouse’s nickname. “Pen pusher” is used cleverly here, to mean “feather seller”.
Down
2 EGGERIES – E.G. + G + [s]ERIES.
3 CLARKC + LARK.
4 AMAIN – I in A MAN.
5 NORTH AMERICA – (IRATE MONARCH)*.
6 INDIANAPOLIS – NAPOLI in (INDIA + S). Although it couldn’t have been much else, this took a while to work out – the wordplay for INDIA is well hidden as simply “I…”!
7 ACAPULCO – A CAP + COUL[d]*.
8 LYRIC – [theatrical]LY RIC[e]. He does too: Tim Rice is the wordsmith behind countless musicals.
9 STOP – ST[r]OP.
10 SELF-SEEKING – SE[t] + FEELS* + KING.
11 UNHANDINESS – (SUNSHINE AND)*.
16 PRIE-DIEUPR + I.E. + DIE + U[nitarian].
18 UNRULIER – URN* in U[g]LIER.
22 SKULLK in SULL[y].
23 SCADS – SCA[l]DS.
24 LORRE – LORRE[ll]. Reference to László Löwenstein, better known as Peter Lorre.
25 STEP – ST[e]EP.

2 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,066 (25/07/10)”

  1. daniel angel says:

    Is it definitely that could it be nitroaniline

    An anagram of in in (in twice) and oriental?

  2. Simon Harris says:

    Ah yes, that’s it – many thanks. The lack of a “T” was a typo, now fixed.

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