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Beelzebub 1,179

Posted by Simon Harris on October 14th, 2012

Simon Harris.

I’d hesitate to say this was an especially easy week for Beelzebub, but I did manage to complete the puzzle unaided, in one sitting, which is something of a rarity. It would be interesting to hear how other solvers found this.

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

Across
1 LEASING – A SIN in LEG.
7 BLOBB + LO + B.
11 INTERESTS – RE in (IN TESTS).
12 BEAR – dd.
13 OBTAINED – ((A BIT)* + N) in O.E.D.
15 FISGIG – (GIGS + IF)<.
16 RAREFIED – R.A. + (I in DEFER<).
18 MOSSCHEEPER – (SOME PERCHES)*.
20 INAUTHENTIC – (Au in HINT*) + ENTIC[e].
22 GRAPHEME – HEM in GRAPE. That degree in Linguistics continues to pay off.
24 ITCHES – [w]ITCHES.
26 DIAGNOSE – (A in DIG) + NOSE.
27 SONG – SON + G[ospels].
28 COWARDICE – (WAR in COD) + ICE.
29 LETT – LET + T.
30 GYRATED – Y in GRATED.
Down
1 LIBERTICIDAL – (ILLICIT BREAD)*. Nice word, new to me.
2 ENEMA – (AMEN + E)<.
3 SERVES UP – EVER* in PUSS<.
4 IRON – I + R + ON.
5 NEBBICH – EBB in NICH[e].
6 STAID – ST + AID.
8 LANGSPIEL – (ANGS[t] + PIE) in (L + L).
9 OREIDE – [st]ORE IDE[ntified].
10 BADGER-LEGGED – (GLARED* + EGG) in BED.
14 BROADCAST – (ROAD + C) in BAST.
17 BETHESDA – BET + HADES*.
19 HEARSAY – EARS in HAY.
21 NOTICE – NO + (C in TIE).
22 GENOA – O in (GEN + A).
23 MINCEC in MINE.
25 HERRH.E. + R.R.

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