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Beelzebub 1,165

Posted by Simon Harris on July 8th, 2012

Simon Harris.

Pretty much a mid-paced week in terms of difficulty, I think. Lots of unfamiliar terms to work out, so very satisfying to polish off. I think everything made sense, though I’m not 100% confident in my explanation of 16dn.

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

Across
1 CASCABEL – CASCA + BEL[t]. Servilius Casca was a conspirator in the assassination of Julius Caesar.
7 FARD – R[ouge] in FAD.
10 EXPATIATOR – EX-PAT + I + A + (0 in TR).
11 SICKK.C. + IS<. I wonder if I’m the only one who spent slightly too long wondering if SICQ was a word!
12 ANNECYN.E. in [f]ANCY.
14 YATAGAN – A TAG in NAY<.
15 SPOKESPEOPLE – POPES* in (SPOKE + LE).
17 SAND EEL – AND in SEEL.
19 BOXHAUL – BOX + HAUL. “Cox and Box” is a short comic opera scored by Arthur Sullivan.
21 ORBITAL ROADS – (TABLOIDS ROAR)*.
23 TEA TRAYT + EAT + RAY.
25 ANIONS – AN + I + O.N.S.
26 ORRA – ARRO[w]<.
27 GALIARDERY – (LIAR + DE) in GARY.
28 EYED – YE in [sh]ED.
29 SPERMARY – SPE[a]R + MARY.
Down
1 COSYCO + S[hand]Y.
2 ADIAPHORON – AIDA< + P + (0 in HORN*).
3 SECTOR – SEC + TO + R[ector].
4 APAGE SATANAS – A PAGE’S AT A + SAN<.
5 BABASSU – BASS in (B[razil] A[nd] U[ruguay]).
6 LINE-ENGRAVER – (IN GENERAL)* + VER[y].
7 FANTODS – NOT* in FADS.
8 ATEN – ATE + N[ight].
9 DRY-CELLS – dd.
13 CALENDARER – A LEND in CARER.
15 SABOTAGE – A BOT in SAGE.
16 RHIZOID – I think this is 1OZ< in (R + HID), since weighing 1 ounce would be fairly lightweight. In case anyone has a better reading, the clue is: Sort of root, lightweight one, turning up in river, concealed.
18 ALLENDE – Isabel Allende, from ALL ENDE[d].
20 GARRYA – (AYR + RAG<).
22 VILE – V[o]ILE.
24 YAWY – (Y + WAY)<.

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