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Beelzebub 1,121

Posted by Simon Harris on August 21st, 2011

Simon Harris.

A solve of two halves for me this week, comprised of a first session where I made very slow progress and solved only a handful, followed a few days later by a second attempt where everything fell into place rather more smoothly. In the end, an unaided finish, but it doesn’t count because I’d guessed wrongly at 11dn.

Two answers still need a spot of elucidation: 27dn, where I can’t figure out who the “character” is, and 28dn.

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

Across
1 CHECHAKOCH + [tussl]E + CH + A K.O.
8 DAMN – DAM[so]N.
12 RESERVE RATIO – (IRE OVER RATES)*.
13 ABSITS in A BIT.
14 GHOSTG + HOST.
16 SCIOLTOSCI + TOOL*.
17 PANIC-BOLT – (COBALT PIN)*.
18 LIDDELL – LID + DELL. Alice Liddell is believed to be the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland.
20 PAUA – (Au + AP)<.
21 ASCH – A + SCH. Presumably this is Solomon Asch, though I’ll admit to having had to check that one prior to blogging!
22 ODORISE – O DO RISE.
24 JACQUETTA – JA (German for “yes”, thus “in Germany agreed”) + C[o]QUET + T.A.
26 MINERAL – INER[t] in MAL.
29 ACARI – CAR in A1.
30 SIREN – RE in SIN.
31 TAKE ONE’S EASE – TAKE + ONE SEA + SE[a].
32 ELEA – [th]E LEA[ding].
33 SORORISE – ((SIR + O) in EROS)<.
Down
1 CRABCR + A B.
2 HEBRAISTICAL – IS in CHARITABLE*.
3 ESSEN – ESSEN[ce].
4 CEILIDH – I.E.< in CHILD*.
5 AVES – [e]AVES.
6 KEY-COLD – KEY + (L in COD).
7 ORGILLOUSORG + ILL + OUS.
9 ATOLL – LOT< in A L.
10 MISTRUSTLESS – RUSTLES in MISTS.
11 NOTOGAEA – NO TO + GAE + A.
15 SCENARIOS – ARSENIC* + SO<.
17 PLAYMATE – (L in PAY) + MATE.
19 LOCARNO – (CAR + N) in LOO.
20 PREMIER – PREMIE + R. Apparently “premie” or “preemie” is an abbrevation of “premature baby”, thus “early arrival”. I find it curious that there is such a seemingly informal term for what one would imagine to be a fairly serious matter. Interesting stuff.
23 SNAKE – ‘S + NAKE[d].
25 TERAI – [pa]TE RAI[n]. This is a type of hat, so the clue is in fact &lit.
27 LEERFunny look from gutless character.
28 KNEEOne quietly leaves student tavern for this joint.

2 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,121”

  1. Pelham Barton says:

    Hi Simon:

    For 27dn what about LE[tt]ER?

    For 28dn KNE[ip]E. This one I had to look up. Chambers (2008) gives Kneipe = a tavern, a students’ beer house or drinking party.

  2. Simon Harris says:

    Ah, of course. I fear I’ve overlooked the glaringly obvious at 27dn! Still, probably not for the first time.

    As for “kneipe”, that’s certainly new to me, so thanks for explaining that one too.

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