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Beelzebub 1,073 (12/09/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on September 18th, 2010

Simon Harris.

After a few weeks of struggling, thankfully a more tractable puzzle this week. I think I managed all but a few unaided, checked all but one of the remainder in dictionaries before entry, and cheated all out to get 18ac.

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

Across
1 ADJUTANT BIRD – AD + JUT + ANT + BIRD.
10 CORNETTO – [r]OTTEN ROC[kers]<.
12 GLEI – G + LEI.
13 HEAR – dd.
15 METROMANIA – MET + ROMAN + I + A. Intriguing to learn that there really is a word for “an abnormal compulsion for writing verse”.
16 EGOS – EG + SO<.
18 A TATONS – A + TA + TONS .
19 EWER – [s]EWER.
20 PAPYRUS – (YR + U) in PAP’S + .
23 OLDNESS – [b]OLDNESS.
24 ARYL – A + RY + L.
25 CAPTORS – APT in COR[p]S I guess, though there may well be another “poet” word for “body” that I’m missing.
27 IMAM – MAMI[llae]<.
28 ASTEROIDAL – A + STEROIDAL.
32 SEEL – SEE + L[uck].
33 PISH – IS in (P[ure] H[oney]).
34 AIGUILLE – L in (A1 + GUILE).
35 SCHILLER SPAR – Friedrich SCHILLER’S PAR.
Down
1 ACHAENOCARPS – (ACORNS + A PEACH)*.
2 DOER – DO[v]ER.
3 UNRESENTED – (NUDE ENTERS)*.
4 TEXTURE – EXT in [litera]TURE.
5 ATTRAPS – AT + TRAPS.
6 TOOM – TOO + M.
7 ILAN – I + L + AN.
8 RETINULA – R + ALUNITE<.
9 DISASSEMBLER – SA in DISSEMBLER.
11 TROT – dd.
14 SATYRIASIS – (I STRAY)* + A SIS.
17 GELASTIC – G + ELASTIC.
21 ASSIEGE – ASS + IE + GE[l].
22 PANDOUR – PAN + DOUR.
26 ROJI – J in R.O.I.
29 TUSH – US in TH[e].
30 REAL – REAL[m].
31 VELA – from VEGA, with L (luminance) for G (good).

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