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Beelzebub 1,079 (24/10/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on October 30th, 2010

Simon Harris.

I found this to be the toughest Beelzebub for some time, and I had only a handful solved before reaching for various aids. I think it was just the vocab that was my undoing, as the clueing is as faultless as ever.

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

Across
1 SHADE – [actres]S HAD E[legance].
6 FACADE – FA + CADE.
11 TRIDENTINE – (DEN + TIN) in RITE*.
12 PUGS – dd.
13 HARVEST – (V in HARE) + ST.
14 ECURIE – E + CUR + IE.
18 EPEIRA – [w]E[b] in (A + RIPE)<.
19 POMPHOLYGOUS – (O + MP + HOLY + GO) in PUS.
20 APPURTENANCE – (ERA PEN CAN PUT)*.
22 THATCH – THAT + CH.
26 ADULTS – D in [f]AULTS.
27 IAMBIST – I + S in AMBIT).
28 REDO – RED + O.
29 VIRAGINIAN – (A in VIRGINIA) + [desolatio]N.
30 TYRANT – TYR + ANT.
31 GENTY – GEN + T[o]Y.
Down
1 SUPERPATRIOT – (AIRPORT UPSET)*.
2 ARGUS – (R[eview] + G) in AUS.
3 DISREPUTE – RE in DISPUTE.
4 EDDISH – S in HIDDE[n]<.
5 BEHEMOTHS – MOTH in BEHES[t].
7 ATRIP – TA< + RIP.
8 ANEW – from WANE, with the initial letter “brought down”.
9 DESTRUCT – (EST + R) in DUCT.
10 EXTRASENSORY – (NEXT YEAR [d]ROSS)*.
15 TELEMATIC – TAME< in TELIC.
16 MEGACURIE – I in (URGE CAME)*.
17 TOP-HEAVY – (H in TOPE) + [w]AVY.
21 NIDING – DIN in GIN<.
23 CHIAN – HI in CAN.
24 CLEAN – C + LEAN.
25 SMIR – RIMS<.

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