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Beelzebub 1,085 (05/12/10)

Posted by Simon Harris on December 19th, 2010

Simon Harris.

A rather overdue blog, I’m afraid, though I’ve no excuses as this was one of the easier Beelzebubs in some time. I managed all but three of four squares unaided, before reaching for Chambers to confirm my suspicions for the few remaining entries. All very enjoyable, however.

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

Across
1 TRIFURCATING – FRUIT* + (C in RATING).
10 RELABELSLAB in REELS.
11 ANILA + NIL.
12 APORIA – OP< in AIR.
14 SECCOSEC + CO.
15 MEDICI – MEDIC + I. “Medic” is in fact a plant, also known as lucerne.
17 SPA – SPA[n].
19 GUDDLEDD in GULE[s].
20 FLYING LEAP – (PEG FINALLY)*.
21 CLIENTAGES – A in SELECTING*.
24 TASSET – ‘T + ASSET.
25 ASP – A[nguine] + SP &lit.
26 T-CELLSC in TELLS.
28 OCHER – 0 + CHER.
30 EPOPEE – POPE in EE & lit.
31 NAME – from AMEN, with the N “forwarded”.
32 ATRAMENT – RAMEN in ATT.
33 SPICE ISLANDSS + PIC + (IS in ELANDS).
Down
1 TRANSACTIONSANS in TRACTIONS.
2 REPO – REP + 0.
3 ILONA – [ja]IL ON A[ntigua].
4 UBIETY – (Y[ou]TUBE I)*. OU is Oxford University, or perhaps The Open University.
5 READMITTED – READ + MIT + TED.
6 ASS – [p]ASS.
7 INCEDECE in INDE[x]. I think this is a reference to the Index Librorum Prohibitorum.
8 NICKLAUS – NICK + LA + US. Jack, of course.
9 GLOVE PUPPETSG + LOVE + PUP + PETS.
13 SIGNALLERS – (G in SIN) + [c]ALLERS.
15 MOLEST – MOLES + T[ide].
16 IDLERS – I’D + LE[e]RS.
18 POLAR CAP – CLARA* in POP.
22 ISTHMI – THIS* + I’M<.
23 GAL PAL – (P in GALA) + L.
25 ASPEN – ‘S in A PEN.
27 VEND – V + END.
29 RAE – EAR<.

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