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Beelzebub 1,099 (13/03/11)

Posted by Simon Harris on March 20th, 2011

Simon Harris.

A very pleasant solve this week, once again. I thought I might be on for a rare unaided finish but alas the big red book had to come out to finish the NE corner – primarily to confirm some elements of the wordplay in 12ac, 6dn and 8dn.

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

Across
1 TAPAS – TAP + AS.
5 GOULASH – ULA in GOSH.
10 INCLEMENT – MEN in CLIENT*.
11 OCTA – [th]AT CO[cktail]<.
12 ABATED – ABA + TED.
13 ROPE-DRILLING – (OP in RED) + (ILL in RING).
14 OVERSETO + VERSE + T.
17 PARSONIC – PAR + SONIC.
19 GRABBLER – RABBLE in GR.
23 SCALENE – A L in SCENE.
25 BOROUGH-REEVE – (ROUGH in BORE) + EVE.
26 APORIA – (P + 0) in ARIA.
27 GRIP – dd.
28 HORSETAIL – (THE SAILOR)*. A “Turkish standard, marking rank by number”, though I’m not sure that really clears things up!
29 SINCERE – SIN + C + ERE.
30 LAYER – [p]LAYER.
Down
1 THOROUGH BASS – (HUGS TOO BRASH)*.
2 ALCOVE – A + (C in LOVE).
3 ANAEROBEB in (ONE AREA)*.
4 SCADSSC + ADS.
5 GLAREAL – GLARE + AL[l].
6 UMBLES – [r]UMBLES.
7 ANTIENT – ANTI + ENT.
8 STENTS + TENT.
9 HEDGE-CREEPER – HE + (G[ang] in DECREE) + PER. It’s fairly common to see PER clued as “a”, yet I continue to find it find it very easy to overlook in the clue.
15 COLLEGIACO + (LEG in AIL<).
16 TAPROONTA + PRO + ON.
18 RECHATEREC + HATE.
20 BRUISE – hom. of “brews”.
21 INVITE – IN + VITE.
22 TOPHI – TOP + HI.
24 ARVAL – [cle]AR VAL[ue].

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