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Beelzebub 1,097 (27/02/11)

Posted by Simon Harris on March 6th, 2011

Simon Harris.

A relative quick start and a slow finish for me this week, not helped by overconfidently writing in some non-existent words.

I’m not sure if there’s something going on here that I can’t quite identify, but there seems to be quite a male influence in the grid, with things like MALE, MAN and MEN popping up a few times. Perhaps this is simply a coincidence.

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

Across
1/14 PUSS-GENTLEMAN – PUSS + GEN + MENTAL*.
4 JONGLEUR – ENGL[and]* in JOUR.
9 REELED – REE[f] + LED.
10 ONE-ONEO + NEON + E.
11 OBDURATENESS – (NUDE BOATERS)* + S[how].
12 PYAS – (SAY + P)<.
13 FAGOTTI – FAG + OTT + I. Organ stops, I believe.
15 ALTESSE – SET< in FALS[e].
19 UNSEAT – A in [s]UNSET.
20 APOLLO – A + POLL + O’.
23 MALTESE – M + ALTES[s]E.
24 DECUMAN – DEC + [h]UMAN. As DEC is clued as “last month”, I wonder if this puzzle was intended to be published in January.
25 RUSS – RUS[t]S.
26 IMPERILMENTS – (MP + E[ndorse]) in (L + MINISTER)*. Great surface reading: Liberal Minister upset about MP beginning to endorse risky actions.
27 SIMMON – (I’M + MO) in Sn.
28 BAETYL – TEA< in (BY + L).
29 MALE-FERN – (REAL MEN + F)*.
Down
1 PROPAGANDISM – (RAP DOGMA + SPIN)*.
2 SEDATIONS + (NO IDEA + IT)*.
3 SLUSED – US in SLED.
4/30 JERUSALEM PONY – (AMPLE JOURNEYS)*. I made this harder by assuming we were looking for something ending in MULE.
5 NOTAEUM – (NOT ONE EMU)*.
6 LENOS – NO in LES.
7 UNSTRAPS – PARTS< in…something I can't identify! Mostly comfortable about film roles being promoted in releases.
8 RESISTLESSLY – IS in RESTLESSLY.
16 LIPAEMIA – (AIME[d] + A PIL[l])<.
17 HEREUNTO – (EURO THEN)*.
18 ROMAINE – ROMA IN E.
21 STREEP – R in STEEP. Meryl, of course.
22 QUEME – QU[it]E + ME[t].

One Response to “Beelzebub 1,097 (27/02/11)”

  1. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Simon
    I think the ‘mostly comfortable’ in 7dn is SNU[g].

    You seem to have missed out ‘sure’, or similar, near the beginning of the second paragraph of your preamble.

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