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Beelzebub 1,093 (30/01/11)

Posted by Simon Harris on February 6th, 2011

Simon Harris.

A relatively tractable solve for the most part this week, with some rather playful clueing. I did have to check a small number of entries in Chambers though. Finally, 20dn required some creative web searching, as I hadn’t heard of the writer, and was familiar with neither component of the wordplay.

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

Across
2 GUTTERBLOOD – (UTTER + BL) in GOOD.
10 ARGHAN – ARGH + A + N.
11 EREBUS – E + REBUS.
13 SALUBRIOUSLY – (LOUSY BURIAL)*.
15 ICON – from COIN (“bit”), with the I “moved to front”.
16 PICUL – Cu in LIP<.
17 UNMOUNT – UN in UN MOT.
18 EDUCATION – A in [s]EDUCTION.
21 PERTUSATE – STUART* in [e]PÉE.
23 FATIGUE – FATIGUE[s].
25 ANNAS – ANNA[l]S.
26 EGOS – E.G. + SO<.
28 COMMENTARIES – .
29 TREMIE – I’M< in TREE.
30 KISS-ME – S in KISME[t] (“what has to be”). Cleverly misleading wordplay.
31 PEREGRINATED – PÉRE + GRIN + ATE.
Down
1 PAST PERFECT – PA’S + T + PERFECT. The PERFECT comes from PREFECT, with RE (“about”) being switched.
2 GRAVID – G[olfe]R + AVID.
3 UGLY CUSTOMER – (GUY + MUSCLE OR + [weigh]T)*.
4 THUD – TH[e m]UD. The EM is removed as it is ME “getting up”.
5 TABULAE – TAB + (A in ULE).
6 REIGNITES – (IT + E[dgy]) in REIGNS.
7 BROOM – B + MOOR<.
8 OBSCURANTISTS – (BURSTS + ACTION)*.
9 OULONG – OU + LONG.
12 SYNTHESISED – THE SIS in DENYS<.
14 OUTRUNNER – RUNNE[l] in TOUR*.
19 OUABAIN – OU + (I in A BAN). The OU could be either of Oxford or the Open University.
20 TAGORE – TAG + ORE. Presumably Rabindranath Tagore.
22 TAXEME – T + AXE + ME.
24 GREIG – G + (E in RIG). Tony Greig is one of numerous South Africa-born English test cricketers.
27 URSA – [favo]URS A[stronomer].

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