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Beelzebub 1,153

Posted by Simon Harris on April 15th, 2012

Simon Harris.

A rare, completely unaided finish for me, though I did turn to Chambers a modest number of times while preparing the blog post.

It’s impressive that Beelzebub manages to vary the level of difficulty across puzzles, whilst never compromising quality or consistency of style. Thus, this was no less enjoyable or satisfying than a more challenging week; just a little quicker!

I did wonder if there might be a timely Passover theme when pondering 10ac and 11ac, but I don’t see any further references.

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

Across
3 GOODFATHER – FOOD* in GATHER.
10 MARJORIE – (J in MAROR) + I + E[at]. Maror is apparently the bitter herbs eaten at Seder, the feast at the beginning of Passover, so this was something of a seasonal clue, I think.
11 A-ONE – ON in A&E.
12 PLOTZ – PLOT + [sue]Z. A word of Yiddish origin.
13 EXURB – BRUXE[lles]<.
15 LISTEN IN – (IS + T) in LENIN.
18 SIDLEL in SIDE. I’d never heard of “side” as beign a school department, but I checked Chambers and it’s right there.
19 DO-IT-YOURSELF – (I.E. STUDY FLOOR)*.
20 ENDLESS SCREW – (SCREENS WELDS)*.
21 NOTAL – dd. meaning both “back” (“the dorsal surface of the thorax in insects”) and “of jotting”.
25 GREENEST – NES[t] in GREET.
27 SUETY – SU[r]ETY.
28 RECIT – I in RECT.
29 VLEIV + L + I.E.
30 OKEY-DOKE – (KEY + DO) in OKE. Lifting the cat off of Chambers again, I learn that an “oke” is a measure of weight in Turkey.
31 AUSSIEDLER – AUSSIE + (L in DER).
Down
1 IMPLODENTS – (DIMPLES NOT)*.
2 BALI – from BAIL with the latter 50%, the IL, raised.
3 GROSSR in GOSS.
4 OOZED – OZ in O.E.D.
5 DRONGO-SHRIKE – (HERDING ROOKS)*.
6 FILIBUSTERED – (I + BUSTER) in FILED.
7 TAX DISCS – (D in TAXIS) + CS.
8 HOUND – (HOUDIN[i])*.
9 ENROLLED – (DELL + (R in ONE))<.
14 BEEF-WITTED – WIFE* in BETTED.
16 HONOLULU – HONO[r] + LULU.
17 ATLANTIS – ATLA[s] + ISN’T*.
22 TREEST + SEER<.
23 BERYL – Y in BERL[in].
24 DECOR – (CE in ROD)<.
26 SIKH – K in HIS<. The five Ks are “the symbols of a Sikh’s spiritual and cultural allegiance”, I learn.

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