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Beelzebub 1,183

Posted by Simon Harris on November 11th, 2012

Simon Harris.

A fairly tough week here, I think. I made a reasonably sprightly start, but soon had to reach for the dictionary. There are some cracking words in there, all the same. 14dn has me a little puzzled still.

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

Across
1 BRADYPEPTICB + RAD + (PEP in CITY<).
10 DENEHOLE – (HELD ONE)* + E[ffigy].
11 SCRAWNYS + (AWN in CRY).
12 NINJA – [isolatio]N IN JA[il].
13 BEADY – DA< in BEY.
14 PACING – (C in PAIN) + G.
15 ARGALI – (LAG + R)< in AI.
18 VOIDANCE – DAN in VOICE.
19 MAIDENLY – END* in (MAIL + Y).
22 ORDURE – DOUR* + RE.
23 TAILOR – TAIL + O.R.
24 ETTINE.T. + NIT<.
26 ACTINA.C. + TIN[y].
27 RAPHIDE – RAP + HIDE.
28 TRAVESTY – RAV in TESTY.
29 FREE-THINKER – (R in FEET) + (HER KIN)*.
Down
1 BUSBAR – BUSB[y] + A[ttract] + R.
2 RICERCARR in (RICE + CAR).
3 AURA – Au + RA.
4 DEAD-AND-ALIVE – (AD + AN + DALI + V) in DEE.
5 PENSIONER – PENS + I + ONER.
6 PENALP + LANE<.
7 THICK-AND-THIN – (HICK + HADNT*) in TIN.
8 IONIANS – (I in IONA) + N.S.
9 LEAGUE – dd.
14 PHILOMATH – unless a HILOM is something, which it doesn’t seem to be, I’m stumped: Lover of learning once wanting weight in course.
16 SCARIDAE – ARID in CASE*.
17 SIMITAR – (RAT + I + M + IS)<.
19 MUTATE – TA in MUTE.
20 VENEER – EN in VEER.
21 DONEE – DONE + E.
25 TICK – dd.

3 Responses to “Beelzebub 1,183”

  1. Pelham Barton says:

    HI Simon

    For 14dn (w)HILOM could be “once wanting weight”.

  2. Simon Harris says:

    Thanks, PB. Hadn’t come across WHILOM, but that does make sense.

  3. Dormouse says:

    Incidentally, BBC Radio 3 have been running something called a Free-thinking Festival which had started by the time this crossword appeared. Made getting 29ac easier.

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