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Beelzebub 1,077 (10/10/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on October 18th, 2010

Simon Harris.

Interesting week for me, this one. I made a good start, but found it very difficult to finish off. Still, here it is, finally.

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

Across
1 TENPENNY – PEN in TENNY.
10 TENDERLING – L in TENDERING.
11 TENET – TENE + [i]T.
12 TWISCAR – TWIS[t] + CAR.
13 IRONED – ONE in (I + RD).
15 CARDI – CARD + I.
17 GENOVA – EG< + NOVA.
18 SATTELLITED – (A TELL) in SITED &lit, I think.
21 ASPIRATORS – (PARTS AIR SO)*.
23 AIRSAC – I in (SA in ARC).
26 ESTOP – ES + TOP.
27 SEIZES – dd. “Seize” is French for “sixteen”.
28 FILLETS – FILL + [v]ETS.
29 SLANT – N in SLAT[e].
30 UNEFFECTED – (FUN FEED ETC)*.
31 ASSERTER – SER in ASTER.
Down
1 TATIES – TA[t] + TIES. I spent ages trying to work cattle in here somehow!
2 ETERNALISING – (IN GENERAL ITS)*.
3 PEENGES – ENG in PEES.
4 ENTER – [c]ENTER.
5 NEWSGIRLS – (WRES[t]LINGS)*.
6 ELSAN – [trav]ELS AN[ywhere].
7 MICRODOT – M’ + (ROD in CO in IT).
8 INADVERTENCE – (TV + NEEDIN[g] + CARE)*.
9 UGRIAN – UG + (I in RAN).
14 DELICATES – (LADIES ETC)*.
16 STARTLED – T[antrum] in (STAR + LED).
19 E-TAILER – [d]ETAILE[d] R. Amazon being the website rather than the river here.
20 WAEFUL – EF in WAUL.
22 SISTER – IS in STER[n].
24 SOL-FA – L in SOFA.
25 GESTE – [enga]GES TE[eenagers].

3 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,077 (10/10/10)”

  1. flashling says:

    I got about half way through this in the pub without aides, but I really don’t know how you can solve these without them, been trying for years and done it once. Still by the number of comments generally few folks even try, so thanks Simon for a fantastic blog, I don’t know how you manage it.

  2. nmsindy says:

    I think the Beelzebub puzzle is like Azed or Mephisto, its basic source is Chambers dictionary. With practice, those puzzles are solvable using that and I have come across the occasional very experienced solver who can solve them without even looking at Chambers.

    I’d suggest the relatively small number of comments on these blogs (thanks for the blogs, Simon) are because (1) generally, because of the time lag I guess, there are much fewer comments on prize puzzles than those where the solution can be given on the day (2) Beelzebub’s clueing is very precise so there is rarely any doubt about how the clues work once you’ve worked them out.

  3. Simon Harris says:

    Thanks for the comments, chaps. I must admit I rarely finish a Beelzebub unaided, though it has happened on a couple of occasions. Still, I give it a shot each week. This one in particular had me resorting to all sorts of aids by the end, and things have certainly become tougher since Chambers started winding down their online offering.

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