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Beelzebub 1,105 (24/04/11)

Posted by Simon Harris on May 1st, 2011

Simon Harris.

A pretty tough week, judging by the number of entries I had to check before entry, and the little bit of cheating I had to do to finish off the NW corner. There remains a small gap in my understanding of 3dn, should readers fancy helping out.

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

Across
1 CHIMERAS – CHIME + RAS[h].
7 AHAS – A + HAS. I think HAS = “expresses” in the the sense of “has a baby”.
10 METAPHRASTHR in MET A PAST.
11 GAG-REIN – [n]AG in GREIN.
13 ECCE – ECCE[n + tric[k]].
14 ILLIPE – LIP in ILE.
15 DISSIMULATOR – (MORAL STUDI[e]S I)*.
17 ESPOUSE – POU[r] in ESSE.
19 ATTUENT – TUNE* in AT&T.
21 SHOULDER ARMS – (DURHAM SOL[di]ERS)*. A sort of reverse anagram with a bit (“I’d”) missing.
22 TUCKET – TUCK + ET.
24 REAP – [massac]RE AP[palling].
26 THORITE – THO’ + RITE.
27 MASTICATED – MAST + (A [lo]T in ICED).
28 ANTE – [d]ANTE.
29 CANSTICK – CANS + TICK. Shakespearean spelling of “candlestick”.
Down
1 CAGEC + AGE. “C” for “common” or 4/4 time was new to me, but seems like a good one to remember for future reference. The composer is of course John Cage.
2 HYCINTHUS – (Y in CHINA*) + THUS.
3 MEREST – can’t quite nail this one, though I can see how the clue works: Simplest place for resting one overlooked.
4 ET-EPIMELETIC – LET in TIMEPIECE*.
5 RAILMENL in RAIMEN[t]. I expect I’m not alone in having spent a while trying to make somehting from GARMEN[t].
6 SHELL PARROTS – (REPORTS SHALL)*.
7 ARYL – ARY + [radica]L.
8 HABITUÉ – A BIT in HUE.
9 STEERERS – E.R. in STEERS.
12 APOSEMATIC – A POSE + MA[n]TIC.
15 DIASTEMA – (A MET’S AID)<.
16 OTOCYST – C[ycles] in (TO TOYS)*.
18 STEPHAN – STEP + HAN.
20 GARRET – A in (GR + RET).
23 KITE – dd.
25 PEEK – KEEP<.

4 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,105 (24/04/11)”

  1. Gaufrid says:

    Hi Simon
    All I can think of for 3dn is MEREST[one]. A merestone is a boundary stone so I don’t really see how this becomes ‘place for resting’ (though there is a pub in Manchester called The Merestone :-) ).

  2. Conrad Cork says:

    I used to rest on milestones in the days (long gone) when I could still walk.

  3. Beelzebub says:

    Well, the clue in my file has ‘boundary marker’

  4. Simon Harris says:

    Interesting, I’ve double-checked the paper, and no mention of boundary markers, so I’m not sure what gives. One of those things I guess, and at least I don’t feel quite so bad about not quite following it!

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