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Beelzebub 1,149

Posted by Simon Harris on March 25th, 2012

Simon Harris.

A pretty tough Beelzebub this week, I found. I think the fact that the four 12-letter longer words around the perimeter were all unfamiliar to me made it tougher to break into the grid. In fact, reading through the answers now, there’s a lot of unfamiliar material.

The full parsing for 3dn escapes me for the time being.

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

Across
1 EPACRIDACEAE – CAPE< + ((ACE + A) in RIDE).
10 UROMERE – OMER in URE.
12 RIVA – RIVA[l].
13 MAINLINER – (IN LINE) in MAR.
14 HETE – HET + E.
16 TRITHIONATE – I in (THE TAR ON IT)*.
17 UTAHU + HAT<.
19 ECDYSIS – [newlywe]D in (SYCE< + IS).
21 SENHORA – (HEAR SON)*.
22 AMNTN in AMT. “Amn’t” is a contraction of “am not” which is commonly heard in Scotland.
23 INCUNABULAR – (I CURB ANNUAL)*.
26 ANTE – A N[o]TE.
28 DISTRAILSDIS + TRAILS.
29 AERY – A[p]ERY.
30 LETHEAN – THE in LEAN.
31 ELEEMOSYNARY – (ALMONER YES YE[s])*.
Down
1 EUPHAUSIIDAE – both UP (“in an excited state”) and Au (“gold”) in (SEA I HIDE)*.
2 PREE – PREE[n].
3 A ONTRANCE – I’m not sure about this one. I think we have A for “America”, and perhaps the political party is the ANC, but I can’t get further than that. The full clue is What’s fantastic about political party following America to the bitter end?.
4 REACTIONARY – RE A [di]CTIONARY.
5 IRISHER – IRIS + HER.
6 DENY – DEN[sit]Y.
7 CRIBR in C.I.B.
8 AVERTIN – AVER + TIN.
9 EARNEST-PENNY – EAR + NEST + PEN + N.Y.
11 BLOOD-GUILTY – (GOOD BUT ILL) + [ver]Y.
15 TASMAN SEA – (MAN in TASS) + EA.
18 TENNIEL – I in (TENNÉ + L).
20 CABBIESC + [t]ABBIES.
24 STYE – EY[o]T’S<.
25 LALO – [vio]LA LO[udly]. I believe the composer to be Édouard Lalo.
27 TSAR – RAST[a]<.

2 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,149”

  1. Pelham Barton says:

    Hi Simon

    For 3dn: Try A OUTRANCE with OUTRE = fantastic

  2. Dormouse says:

    Beat me to it.

    Indeed a tough one. Just couldn’t get 1ac and 1dn, which also meant I could get a lot of the crossing clues in the top left corner. Worst showing for months for me. But I did know ELEEMOSYNARY, just couldn’t remember how to spell it.

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