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Beelzebub 1,091 (16/01/11)

Posted by Simon Harris on January 23rd, 2011

Simon Harris.

A slightly strange week for me. I found this quite tough going and ended up writing in quite a few without following the wordplay. Strangely enough, everything seems perfectly clear on blogging, though I have of course had to check a few terms in Chambers.

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

Across
1 SASSABY – B in (S + ASSAY).
7 BOSS – dd.
11 WHITE SPIRIT – (HIT + ESP + I) in WRIT.
12 BANGLES – BANG + LES[s].
14 SNAPDRAGON – (NAP + DRAG) in SON.
15 ENEW – E + NEW.
16 SALARY – LAR[d] in SAY.
17 LABRIDAE – LAB + (A in RIDE).
21 SYCAMORE – ([spik]Y + CAM) in SORE .
23 SPOT-ON – T in SPOON.
25 PICA – PI + CA.
27 TIME-THRUST – IT< + METH + RUST.
28 COLE TIT – (LET + I) in COT.
29 ANTONOMASIA – (SAMOA NATION)*.
30 LYES – L + YES.
31 PORTEND – PORT + END.
Down
1 SUBCELESTIAL – (BECAUSE STILL)*.
2 AWARN – WAR in AN.
3 SIGNWRITER – (WIRE + STRING)*.
4 ATLAS – [gre]AT LAS[situde].
5 BEEPED – BEE + PED.
6 SPIRAEA – (I + EAR<) in SPA.
8 OREGANO – (E in ORGAN) + O.
9 SIMORG – (GRIM SO)*.
10 STONY-HEARTED – (TONY in SHEAR) + TED.
13 PALIMPSEST – [g]LIMPSE in PAST.
18 BROMATE – ORB< + MATE.
19 ISOTONE – (S + O + TON) in I.E.
20 SPINNY – INN in SPY.
22 CHROMO – HR in COMO.
24 GULAR – L in GUAR[d].
26 CHIAN – A in CHIN.

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