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Beelzebub 1168

Posted by Jed on July 27th, 2012

Jed.

Sharp and fiendish fare – can anyone explain 1across?

 

 

 

 

Across

1 False notions in French article pushing international language IDOLA (fallacies, pl of idolum)

5 English cricketer avoiding an old bit of greenery BOSQUET (thicket)

BOS[an]QUET (Bernard inventor of the googly)

10 Our blue carp’s cooked, revealing such bones? SUBOPERCULAR (bones)

(OUR BLUE CARPS)*

12 Maori song, excellent, perceived amidst waving tawa WAIATA (song NZ)

AI (excellent) in (TAWA)*

13 Sheltered position, say, in group of teams excluding United

LEE GAGE (sheltered side) EG (say) in LEAG[u]E (group minus U)

15 Limits to aerial show, with even elements excluded as well ALSO (as well)

A[eria]L S[h]O[w]

17 Irishman’s love accepted by Scandinavian FIONN (Irish name)

O (love) in FINN

18 Unusual sexual practices? Others seem perverted THREESOMES

(OTHERS SEEM)*

19 Sedge and our hemp swaying around foreign river ERIOPHORUM (sedge)

RIO (river) in (OUR HEMP)*

22 Scots push to require payment from church DUNCH (nudge in Scotland)

DUN (to importune for payment) CH (church)

23 Exclamation after snatching hot salmon COHO (salmon)

H in COO

25 No pirate’s curse after curtailment of seaway LANDRAT (not a pirate)

LAN[e] (seaway) DRAT (curse)

27 Starting to shun new Alpine trip? ASCENT (trip)

[n]ASCENT (starting minus N)

28 Soccer team, almost suspended after victory party? It’s bound to make a difference

WIND OF CHANGE WIN (victory) DO (party) FC (soccer team) HANGE[d]

29 Hospital recalled friend displaying some ENT problem? NASALLY

SAN< (hospital recalled) ALLY (friend)

30 Bury rope after disposing of father INTER (bury) [pa]INTER (rope)

Down

1 It was a lone dead piece, initially? Possibly ISOLATED PAWN (chess)

ISOLATE (lone) D (dead) P[iece] = pawn

2 Commanding officer’s initial rage, missing a police operation OBTESTING (adjuring) O[fficer] BATE (rage) minus A STING (police operation)

3 Measure of verse on account of Shakespeare LONG DD

4 Old damage apparently produced by exposure APPAIR (damage)

APP (apparently) AIR (exposure)

5 Lake edge: tailless water bird turning over tiny shells BERGMEHL (shells)

L (lake) HEM (edge) GREB[e] all < (turning over)

6 Lots of Scottish food served by eatery on board SCAFFS (food in Scotland)

CAFF (eatery) in SS (steamship – on board)

7 Mnemonic not quite providing clever remark QUIP (clever remark)

QUIP[u] (Incan mnemonic system using coloured cords)

8 Be surprised that no sea eddies below middle of piers EAT ONES HAT

[pi]E[rs] (THAT NO SEA)*

9 One may be excited by station report, nothing less TRAINSPOTTER

(STATI[o]N REPORT)*

11 Country formerly composed of oil abusers? BELORUSSIA

(OIL ABUSERS)*

14 Committee’s outburst about second resident COMMORANT (resident)

MO (second) in COM (committee) RANT (outburst)

16 Fortune-telling, say, upset Arab country and Cyprus GEOMANCY (divination)

EG< (say upset) OMAN (Arab country) CY (Cyprus IVR)

20 Measure of acidity picked up single acid PHENOL (carbolic acid)

PH (measure of acidity) LONE< (single up)

21 Indian city farm getting capital from India RANCHI (city) RANCH I[ndia]

24 Have had article in religious writing VEDA (Hindu book) VE (have) D (had) A

26 Slade academic DEAN dd (small valley, college fellow)

( )* = anagram    [ ] = omit    < = reverse    dd = double definition

 

3 Responses to “Beelzebub 1168”

  1. Dormouse says:

    Thanks for this, as I couldn’t parse 7dn and 26dn. I’d heard of “quipu” but had forgotten that was what it is called. I guess if I’d thought to look up “quip” in Chambers I’d have spotted it next to that entry, but as I knew what “quip” meant, it never occurred to me to look it up.

    As for “dean”, I think I did look up “slade” and found it was a small valley, but didn’t make all the connections to “dene” and “dean”.

  2. Dormouse says:

    Just spotted you query about 1ac. “Ido” is an international language, an offshoot of Esperanto, and “la” is, of course, a French article, so I assume “pushing” means the article follows the language in this case.

  3. flashling says:

    Good lord I completed a Beelzebub without aids a veritable first for me (been more years than I care to imagine) but didn’t enter I figured if I could solve it, so could 10000 others. Thanks Jed for confirming my reasoning, I really don’t envy the bloggers on these.

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