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Beelzebub 1,075 (26/09/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on October 10th, 2010

Simon Harris.

I’ve fallen behind with blogging these, due to various other commitments and tribulations, so I’m going to try to catch up properly this week. 23dn escapes me at the moment: I think I largely follow the clue, I just can’t see anything that might fit.

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

Across
1 MARIOLATER – (0 in MATERIAL)* + R.
10 BUMMALOTI – BUM + (LOT in AIM)*. This is Bombay Duck, in fact.
11 CAVITY – IT in CAVY.
12 ROTIS – ROT + IS.
14 FEUD – F + DUE<.
16 BERTILLIONAGE – (ENTIRE GLOBAL)*.
17 EAST – EA + ST.
18 ANONYM – ON in (ANY + M).
20 RECAST – CA in REST.
22 ASCI – [h]AS CI[tadel].
24 EXASPERATION – AXE + (ERA in POINTS*).
26 BRAT – B + RAT.
28 QUELL – [creatur]E in QU[i]LL.
29 RELICT – C in TILER<.
30 UNDERTONE – [s]E[c]R[e]T in UNDONE.
31 UNLESSSONED – (SEE OLD NUNS)*.
Down
1 MACABERESQUE – (CAB + ERE) in MASQUE.
2 AZALEA – A + Z + A + LEA.
3 RIVERSCAPE – (VERS[e] + CA) in RIPE.
4 IBIS – I + BIS.
5 OUTFITS – OUT + FITS.
6 AMBULACRA – B in (CALM AURA)*.
7 ELOIN – E + LOIN.
8 STINGY – ST + [d]INGY.
9 DISSEMINATED – (NIMES + A + I)< in DATED.
13 TRANSITION – SIT in RANI in TON.
15 ELATERITE – ELATE + RITE.
19 NEATENS – (A in NET) + ENS.
21 EXEUNT – U in EX[t]ENT.
23 CO?C?E – no idea: Reception no longer explosive, supporting company with capital. I assume CO for “company” and HE for “explosive”.
25 SILEN – SILEN[t].
27 OLEO – O + LEO.

4 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,075 (26/09/10)”

  1. Rishi says:

    Simon

    Re 23a: The answer is COUCHE.

    As for the annotation, I am not quite satisfied with what I have. I can see most of it, though!

    Reception – def for word reqd. (It is an evening reception, originating from Fr. ‘coucher’, to lay down)
    no longer – (this is unclear to me at the moment)
    explosive, – HE
    supporting – (position indicator)
    company – CO
    with – (connector)
    capital – UC (from the printing term ‘upper case’)

    So CO UC HE.

    Someone else might have a better explanation.

  2. Rishi says:

    Sorry, it must have been 23d.

  3. Rishi says:

    After looking up Chambers, I understand that ‘couchee’ is the word. This was formerly couchée or couché.
    So ‘no longer’ in the clue might suggest that it’s the old form of the word that’s required.

  4. Simon Harris says:

    Great, thanks Rishi – no wonder I didn’t see it if it’s listed under “couchee”! And that’s the one meaning of “capital” that I didn’t consider. Oh well, thanks for the clarification.

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