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Beelzebub 1,137

Posted by Simon Harris on December 11th, 2011

Simon Harris.

A great puzzle as always. Perhaps medium difficulty for a Beelzebub, but incorporating plenty of new words and phrases with which to wrestle.

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

Across
4 SPOUSAGES – (P in SO) + USAGES.
11 LOUVAIN – LOU[d] + VAIN.
12 PEPO – EPE + O.
13 ANTARTHRITIC – ANT + ART + H + [c]RITIC.
14 YUCCAS – (CCU in SAY)<.
16 FEHMGERICHTE – (THE GERM[an] CHIEF)*.
17 ACCORDS – A + C + CORDS.
21 REELMEN – ELM in REEN.
22 SEMIPARASITE – (SPIRAEA + MITES)*.
23 CRATESC + RATES.
25 DROP-IN CENTREDR + 0 + PIN + CENT + RE.
26 FORA – FOR + A.
27 ETAGERE – (ERE + GATE)<.
28 ANTITRUST – TIT in (AN + RUST).
Down
1 PLAY FALSE – (LAY in PALS) + [gam]E.
2 NON-U – from NOUN, with the latter half “twisted” to reverse the U and N.
3 DUTCH COMFORT – DUTCH + COM + FOR + ‘T.
5 PARAGRAPHIST – (RAG in PAR) + AP + HIST.
6 UNHORSE – HORS in UNE.
7 SERVICE AREAS – (IE CARS AS EVER)*.
8 APIECE – A PIE + CH.
9 GET THE MITTEN – ((T + + H) in GEE) + [s]MITTEN.
10 EPISTLE – (I SPELT) + E.
15 BENNE-SEED – BEN + (SE in NEED).
18 CHEVRONCH + OVER* + [pyncho]N.
19 DRAINERD + (IN in REAR<)
20 SIMPAI – IMP in SAI.
24 ERRS – [aton]E [fo]R [you]R [heinou]S.

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