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Beelzebub 1,157

Posted by Simon Harris on May 13th, 2012

Simon Harris.

This seemed to be about average difficulty for Beelzebub, though with plenty of long anagrams and a relatively high number of forays north of the border.

I made life difficult for myself by writing in PHRENOLOGY at 10ac, in what would seem to be a valid answer to the clue. The mistake was spotted when 5ac and later 1ac were written in, leading to some unlikely opening letter combinations for a number of down entries.

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

Across
1/12/26 CHUCK-WILL’S-WIDOW – CHUCK + WILL (Shakespeare)’S WIDOW.
5 SCLERAL – ERA in (SC + LL).
10 NEPHROLOGY – (LONGER HYPO)*.
11 ERINGO – E[r]RING + O.
14 RUSSULAE – (USUAL R[o]SE)*. A genus of mushrooms apparently capable of provoking a great deal of frustration in some corners of the mushroom identification community.
15 OINTS – [j]OINTS.
17 ISLAND-HOPPED – (APED DOLPHINS)* &lit.
19 DISPLEASANCES – (I’S + PLEAS) in DANCE.
23 ALTOSA + LOST, with the T (“tenor”) move forwards.
25 ACUTANCE – (CUT in (A + AN)) + CE. CE is the logo we see on a number of products, indicating that they achieve certain standards of safety.
27 HEELER – EEL in HER.
28 SLAISTERED – (DIESELS + ART)*.
29 YANKEES – (SEEK + NAY)<.
30 DNASE – (E + SAND)<.
Down
1 CTENOID – (NOTICED)*. I spent quite some time thinking this was going to be SAW-something.
2 HORTI SICCI – HISTORIC* + CI.
3 UNION – I in NON-U<.
4 CENOTAPH – (PA + TONE)< in CH.
5 SHOULDER NOTE – (ROUND THE SOLE)*.
6 CROSS-HATCHES – CROSS + HATCHES.
7 LOWSES in LOWE.
8 ROLL-UP – LL (lines) in ROUP.
9 LYSED – (Y + S) in LED.
13 LATECOMERS – (SOME CLARET)*.
16 SPALPEEN – (PAL + P[late]) in SEEN.
18 DESERVED + [r]ESERVE.
20 SOUDANUDA in SON.
21 GAWSY – (Y + SWAG)<.
22 TAWSE – [haw]ES WAT[er]<.
24 TILDA – L[ove] in ADIT<.

One Response to “Beelzebub 1,157”

  1. Dormouse says:

    Snap with 10ac. Although it was just getting 5ac that tipped me off that something might not be right. (There are some words in Chambers beginning cn-, but nothing seemed to fit.) Then I got 3d.

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