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Beelzebub 1,113 (19/06/11)

Posted by Simon Harris on June 26th, 2011

Simon Harris.

A bumper number of clues to tackle this week, but I seemed to make very swift progress. An all-but-unaided finish in the end, just pulling out the Big Red Book to check entries for 9dn and 26dn before committing to them. An enjoyable solve as always.

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

Across
1 SNEEZES – N in (SEE + ZES[t]).
6 CTENE – C + TENE.
10 TODOD in TOO.
11 SPARROW – SPAR + ROW
12 ONE-ONE – O + NEON + E.
14 ANATOMIES – NATO in AMIES.
15 GLACIATE – G + (ICE AT AL[l])*.
17 AUFGABE – Au + (GAB in Fe).
20 LLANO – ALL< + NO.
21 PSHAW – SH in PAW.
23 ADROITE – A DROITE, French for “on the right”.
25 UNLOOSEN – (SOLE NOUN)*.
27 REPOSSESS – POSSES in RES.
28 VICARY – (I + C) in VARY.
29 FIFTEEN – (I + F + TE[am]) in FEN.
30 REAM – [mo]RE AM[erican].
31 FIFER – (REF + IF)<.
32 ENDORSE – END “ORSE”. The word “horse” does indeed end with “orse”! Nice entertaining clue.
Down
1 STOPGAPS – (TOP + G) in SAPS.
2 NONPLUSSED – (ON + PL) in (SEND US)*.
3 EDEMA – [infl]AMED E[ars]<.
4 ZINNIAZ + IN (I in NA). One of several flowers that I first learned of via The Darling Buds of May!
5 SPATTEDATT in SPED.
6 CANOE – (A N in CO) + [battl]E.
7 TREMOLO – REM in TO LO.
8 EROICA – ROI in ACE<.
9 EWKS – (E and W) + K + S.
13 NEON TETRAS – (N SEA ROTTEN)*.
16 CO-ENZYME – [fr]ENZY in COME.
18 GAVOTTE – OTT in GAVE.
19 BANSHEE – BANS + HEE[d].
22 HOP-OFF – H + OP + OF + F.
24 ROSIED – SIE in ROD.
25 USHER – [p]USHER.
26 SPAER – REAPS<.
27 RIFF – RIFF[raff].

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