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Beelzebub 1,083 (21/11/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on November 28th, 2010

Simon Harris.

A good week – not too hard or too easy, though the SW corner put up a fight for me. Highlights were learning that there is an anagram of GYMNAST, and that there is a word that ends in -AGD!

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

Across
1 SNAKE’S-HEAD – S[ettling] + (SHEA in NAKED).
10 FRYING-PAN – P in (FRY + INGAN).
11 UNIT – U + NIT.
12 STAIRS – A in STIRS.
13 ACCUSTREMENT – (U + TERMS*) in ACCENT.
14 TOILE – O in TILE.
15 ORISSA – [govern]OR IS SA[tisfactory].
16 SMARAGD – RAG in DAMS<.
21 MELILOT – LILO in MET.
22 DIACID – DI[r]AC + I + D.
23 CEORL – OR in CEL.
25 STEREOCHROMY – (CHORE MORE)* in STY.
26 ATTUNE – (E + NUT + TA)<.
27 FRIT – dd.
28 CASTELLAN – [p]ASTEL in CLAN. Many thanks to Gaufrid for his correction here.
29 HODGEPODGE – HO + (PEG< in DODGE).
Down
1 SQUAT – S + QUAT.
2 NON-COMMITTAL – N + (MITT in (NOTE COOL MAN*)).
3 APICIAN – (PIC in AIA) + N.
4 ERASE – R in EASE.
5 SYNTAGM – GYMNAST*.
6 ENTERAL – ENTER + A + L.
7 AGAMID – GAM in AID.
8 BARNSTORMING – BAR + (ST in NOT) + MING.
9 INSTANT – (N + S + TAN) in IT.
16 SAD SACK – (C + ASDA)< in SK.
17 ALIENED – A LIE + NED.
18 DESCALE – (C in DECAL) + E.
19 FLOORED – (FOE LORD)*.
20 SCRUTO – SC + RUT + O.
23 CHEAP – hom. of “cheep”.
24 LYTHE – L[och] + Y + THE.

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