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Beelzebub 1,111 (05/06/11)

Posted by Simon Harris on June 12th, 2011

Simon Harris.

This week we have an auspicious puzzle number of 1,111, and a helpfully Ninafied grid to match.

At 1ac we have FOUR-EYES followed by, well, four Is, while along the bottom row we have the four Is repeated, followed by ANABLEPS, a fish with – and you may be spotting the pattern here readers – four eyes.

The suspicion that those four entries began, and another four ended with an “I” was actually a big help in solving this one. After a brisk start I had just about ground to a halt when the device was spotted. All in all a very enjoyable week.

At the time of blogging, the wordplay for 34ac and 26dn eludes me, though I’m sure passing readers can help me out.

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

Across
1 FOUR-EYES – FOU[l] + RE + YES.
11 CALDRON – (Al + DR) in CON.
12 MERCERSCE in M + ERRS.
13 BLEND – B[o]L[d] + END.
14 AREACH – AREA + CH.
15 TENSE – dd. I think this entry appeared in both IoS prize crosswords this week.
16 RESPIRER + (P in (E _ RISE<)).
19 OUTLEARN – (LORE AUNT)*.
23 DECANTER – CAN in DETER.
27 ANODYNE – ANNOYED*.
28 LARKY – [cape]R in LAKY.
31 THEIST – T+ HEIST.
32 ANZIO – NZ in (A + IO).
33 INGRATE – [see]ING RAT E[vade].
34 STOWAGEHush over conduct in storeroom.
35 ANABLEPS – (ABLE + P) in ANS.
Down
1 FUMADO – F + UM + ADO.
2 OVERTURN – OVERT + URN.
3 UNREST – U + (R in NEST).
4 RECALLED – (DELL + ACER)<.
5 ERECTED – ERE + C[onsolidate] + TED.
6 EASTER – T in (EASE + R).
7 IDLE – [h]ELD I[t]<.
8 IRENIC – IRE + N + IC.
9 IONS – ON in IS.
10 INDEED – DENIED*.
17 PONDERAL – [w]ONDER in PAL.
18 REED STOP – DESERT* + OP.
20 NASHGAB – HAGS* in BAN<.
21 DALASI – AS in DALI.
22 BORZOI – OR in (B + ZOI[c]).
24 ENSIGNS in [b]ENIGN.
25 TRIAGETR + I AGE.
26 RATELSCarnivores head round mound.
29 ANTI – (IT + N.A.)<.
30 KIWI – hom. of “key wee”.

2 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,111 (05/06/11)”

  1. caretman says:

    Good work, Simon! Just a guess on 26d, it might be RAS outside of TEL, where RAS is an Ethiopian title (best known example, Ras Tafari) and TEL is a mound (best known example, Tel Aviv).

  2. Gaufrid says:

    Thanks Simon
    34ac is ST (hush) O (over) WAGE (conduct {as in wage a war})

    caretman has the parsing for 26dn correct but as well as being an Ethiopian prince a ‘ras’ is also a headland.

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