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Beelzebub 1,181

Posted by Simon Harris on October 28th, 2012

Simon Harris.

This was an interesting solve. I started off very smoothly indeed, thinking this would be an “easy” week, but ground to a halt about halfway through, and eventually had to adopt a very liberal interpretation of the concept of cheating just to finish the thing! 16dn still needs clarification, if readers fancy helping out.

There were some particularly nice surface readings this week, too many to highlight in fact.

Incidentally, I wonder if we’ve seen this grid before. Not that I have a memory for these things or keep track, but on blogging I notice there’s no 3 down, and can’t recall that happening before.

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

Across
3 KIPPERERS – KIPP + ERE + R.S. The KIPP in question may be Petrus Jacobus Kipp.
11 ORAN – 0 + RAN, a port in Algeria.
12 AMBOINA – AMBO + IN + A, also known as Ambon Island.
13 MOCKUP – K in (MO + CUP).
14 PERK UP – hom. of “per cup”.
15 MUCHLY – (CH in MUL[e]) + [vestr]Y. Nice surface reading: Mostly cross about church vestry’s closing? Extremely so.
17 UPROARIOUSLYU + (ROAR in PIOUSLY). I wondered how “bell” geve us ROAR, but it seems to be the mating call of a stag, compare “bellow”.
19 NUTRIA – (AIR + TUN)<.
23 SDEINS – ENID* in S.S. The initial SD- looked improbable, but compare “disdains”.
24 CORRECTIONAL – I in (CARE + CONTROL)*.
27 ADNEXA – NEX[t] in ADA, a computer programmign language.
28 THEAVE – [foo]T + HEAVE.
29 EDITOR – TO in RIDE<.
30 OUTTURNU in (OTT + URN).
31 AMIRA = RIM<.
32 PHILOPENA – (I HOPE PLAN)*.
Down
1 COMMUNICATOR – ((UNI + C) in COMMA) + TO + R.
2 GROUPR in GO UP.
4 INKHORN – KNOR in INN.
5 POULAINES – (UP IN A SOLE)*.
6 EMPTIEST – EM + (TIES in PT).
7 EORL – from LORE, with the ends switched.
8 RIKISHI – RI[n]K + IS + HI.
9 SNUGLY – (S + N) + UGLY.
10 HAPPY AS LARRY – (A + P + PLAYS*) in HARRY.
16 CONDIDDLETo steal from Scots writer and learned poet’s pointless – minimum of dignity in that.
18 RANCHERO – RAN + C[attle] + HERO. Nice &lit.
20 TURPETH – RUT< + PET + [spinac]H.
21 AEONIANE in AONIAN.
22 NOSH-UPH in NO + SUP.
25 AXOID – OX< in AID.
26 ZATIZ + IT<.

One Response to “Beelzebub 1,181”

  1. Pelham Barton says:

    Hi Simon. I think 16dn works as COND + (D in IDLE)

    Chambers 2011 gives cond as Spenserian past of con³ to learn, hence “learned poet’s”.

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