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Beelzebub 1,071 (29/08/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on September 9th, 2010

Simon Harris.

I think this was the toughest Beelzebub I can remember for some time, though I made it harder by entering one or two wrong answers early on. Even so it took a fair bit of research and/or cheating to fill the grid, let alone explain it all.

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

Across
1 OFFEND – OFF + END.
5 STODGE – ST[o]OD + EG<.
9 MILLISIEVERT – MILL + (EVER in I SIT).
10 BRANDY – R in BANDY.
14 PLEROMA – MOREL< in PA.
15 OMNIFY – O + NIF[t]Y.
16 MULL – dd.
17 PASTICCIO – C in (A TOPIC IS)*.
20 OCEANIDES – O[n]CE + (I in ANDES).
22 OYES – dd.
23 STRICT – STRI[p] + CT.
25 BEWITCH – WEB< + ITCH.
27 VIMANA – MAN in VIA.
28 SCOLOPENDRID – (OPEN in SCOLD) + RID.
29 CONINE – [ba]CON IN E[xperiment].
30 DEVICE – DEVI[l] + CE.
Down
1 OMBROPHOBE – [c]OMB + (HOB in ROPE).
2 FIREMAN – FIR + NAME<.
3 FLAWN – FLAW + N.
4 NIDIFICATION – IN< + (IDIOTIC FAN)*.
5 SIALIC – A in SILIC[on].
6 TEREBINTHINE – E in (THE INNER BIT)*.
7 DEVOUT – ED< + V + OUT.
8 GRIM – G[ate] + RIM.
11 ARMOIRE – ((RM + 0) in AIR) + E.
12 BALUSTRADE – (AT BAD RULES)*.
13 MITOSIS – (IT in MO) + SIS.
18 MECONIC – (CO in MINE*) + C[orrosion].
19 NEWTON – NEWT + ON.
21 ESCAPE – (S in [sel]EC[ted]) + APE.
24 IMARI – I MAR + I[nvaluable].
26 ECCO – E[a]C[h] C[o]O[k].

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