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Beelzebub 1,169

Posted by Simon Harris on August 5th, 2012

Simon Harris.

A fair bit tougher than the previous Beelzebub I blogged, and it was quite a wait before the first answer slotted in. There’s quite a lot of anagrammatic material here, which I don’t mind. One question mark from me at 27ac, where I’m fairly sure the answer is correct, but cannot see the wordplay.

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

Across
1 PUSS – PUS[h] + S.
5 MAFFLINFAM< + FLIN[g].
11 UNICOSTATE – A in (INSECT OUT)*.
12 REARLY – REAR + L[ad]Y.
14 OPPOOP + OP<.
15 PRUNERS – RUN in PERS.
16 LOVE CHILDRENCH in (I’LL NEVER DO)*.
17 EXUVIAL – VIA in EXUL.
22 FLUIDAL – FLU + ID[e]AL.
23 GREGORY’S GIRL – (GIGGLER SORRY)*.
24 MERGUEZ – MER[in]GUE + Z.</td
26 AS OF – from SOFA with the A (“one”) moved foreward.
27 WELDOR – I’m unsure here, though it seems to be &lit: Metal piece not hot? That’s setback for this worker.
28 MALTESE DOGM + (TO A SLEDGE)*.
29 ANALYST – ANAL + [c]YST.
30 ROKY – O.K. in RY.
Down
1 PURFLED – PUR + FLED. Apparently the PUR was the Jack in a game named Post and Pair.
2 SIAL – A in SIL[t].
3 SCREEVESC + REEVE.
4 SOLICITOUSLY – COLITIS* + LOUSY*.
6 ATHRILLH in A TILL.
7 FABULOUSNESS – (FLAB SENSUOUS)*.
8 LEPERS – P[owder] in LEERS.
9 IMPRESARIO – I’M + (OF OPERA SIR)*.
10 NAOS – A in SON<.
13 EPOXY RESIN – (POXY in ERE) + SIN.
18 AFREETS – FREE in ATS.
19 HIGGLERH + [j]IGGLER.
20 ALLERGY – from GALLERY with G moving.
21 XEROMA – (A MO + REX)<.
24 MAYA – YAM< + A.
25 EDDO – ODDE[r]<.

2 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,169”

  1. jacinth says:

    I too was stuck on the wordplay for 27a and was checking the blog occasionally to see if anyone had explained it…had a fresh look today and it’s reversed. ‘Lew’ is ‘tepid, lukewarm’ in Chambers.

    Thanks for the blog!

  2. jacinth says:

    …something got deleted…’rod’ and ‘lew’ reversed.

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