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Beelzebub 1,068 (8/08/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on August 16th, 2010

Simon Harris.

A relatively manageable week I think, albeit followed by a pretty tentative blog as I no longer have online access to Chambers. I wonder if I’m the only one having trouble re-subscribing, or indeed even getting a response from them.

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

Across
1 SCORDATURA – SCOR[e] + DATURA. I guess “mostly break down” is SCOR[e]. I can’t see it in Chambers but then again, I can’t see any other candidates.
10 GUVNOR – GUVNOR + ALE would be an anagram of “vulgar one”.
11 DEFOE – DEF + O + E.
14 LEVITATIONS – NEOVITALIST*.
15 ACRYLICS – A CRY + LIC[k]S .
17 HUSTLE – ST in HULE.
18 BEARDIE – BEAR + DIE.
20 VELAR – V + RALE<.
21 ANNIE – [tr]ANNIE.
23 NARRATE – RAN< + RATE.
25 GEDDIT – GED + I’D< + T[rent].
28 PECCABLE – PEC + CABLE.
29 CARBURETTED – Ca + Rb + U + RETTED.
30 AT SEA – ‘S in A + TEA.
31 ROARIE – R + OAR + IE. Great word.
32 ADUMBRATED – A DUMB + TRADE*.
Down
2 CULCH – Cu + L[ead] + CH.
3 OVERLANDERS – (LEARN DROVES)*.
4 DOILED – DO + I LED.
5 ARTIC – AR[c]TIC.
6 TRACHEA – RACHE in TA.
7 RE-INSERT – REINS + ER + T[ower].
8 ZONULA – OZ> + NU[l]LA.
9 YESTEREVEN – YES + (RE EVENT)*.
12 FOOT-LAMBERT – (FROM A BOTTLE)*.
13 GARBAGE CAN – (A BEGGAR)* + CAN.
16 BRIDE-BED – (I + DEB) in BRED.
19 INTERIM – INT + MIRE<.
22 NEGATE – GEN< + ATE.
24 RECTOR – [di]RECTOR.
26 ACERB – ACE + RB.
27 OLDIE – [abelar]D in (O + LIE).

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