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Beelzebub 1,173

Posted by Simon Harris on September 2nd, 2012

Simon Harris.

This felt like a relatively mid-paced week, but a handful took quite some effort to explain. 10ac still has me beaten, so I’ve reproduced the clue in the hope that a passing reader may be able to elucidate.

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

Across
1 PANEGYRICON – (RACY OPENING)*.
10 PROPEL – I’m not quite sure here: Force’s peculiar, shifting right to left.
11 CURIE – I in CURE.
12 RESINOID – DERISION*.
13 INSTALLATION – I + N + (ALL in STATION).
16 QUARTQU + A + R + T[hree].
17 CHIASMASCH + I + A + MASS*.
19 HERMETICM in HERETIC.
20 AREAL – A REAL. A realtone is a snippet of an actual piece of music, as opposed to a cheap polyphonic approximation.
23 NORMAL SCHOOLRM in (NO ALCOHOL)*.
24 BOUTONNE – BOUT + (N in ONE).
25 SITUS – IT in SUS, with SUS being a shortened form of “suspect”.
26 FICHESF + I[t]CHES.
27 COMSTOCKERYCO + (ST in MOCKERY).
Down
2 ARENA – ARE + N.A.
3 EPITHALAMIUM – (HUMILIATE + A + M + P)*.
4 GENAL – GEN[i]AL.
5 RAILCARD – RAIL + CA + RD.
6 CULTURE SHOCK – [v]ULTURES in CHOCK.
7 ORGIASTSG in (RIOTS AS)*.
8 NIDORS – (ROD in SIN)<.
9 FERNTICKLES – (R in FEN) + TICKLES.
10 PRISCIANIST – (IN A CRISIS)* in PT.
14 LITERATO – LIT + ERATO.
15 SMELL OUT – M[alice] in SELL OUT.
18 IRONIC – (OR + I) in NIC[e].
21 ICTIC – (C in IT) + I C.
22 LONER – ONE in LR.

One Response to “Beelzebub 1,173”

  1. NeilW says:

    Hi Simon. A passer-by here. :)

    10ac is just PROPEr with the R changed to L. I know some would argue that the clue should give a solution of “plopel” but I’m sure this is what is intended: “proper” meaning 3 in Chambers is “peculiar”.

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