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Beelzebub 1,185

Posted by Simon Harris on November 25th, 2012

Simon Harris.

Quite a tough week, with lots of good vocabulary to discover. Perhaps a grid we haven’t seen before, as I don’t remember ever blogging a Beelzebub with quite so many across clues.

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

Across
2 BENEPLACITO – (NOTABLE EPIC)*.
9 NAYS – Y in NAS.
10 EIDOLON – (I DO + L) in ONE*.
11 CRECY – EC in CRY.
12 GAMBOL – MB in GAOL.
13 OTTO – OTT + O[live].
14 SCANTITY – ANT in (S + CITY).
15 BIOME – BIO + ME.
18 CIEL – CIE + L.
19 ELAPSE – (A P) in ELSE.
21 LAYOUT – YOU in LAT.
22 SAAG – S[timulate] A[n] A[verage] G[arden].
25 MITCH – M + ITCH.
26 SOUL’S-CAT – [funera]L in (SOUS + CAT).
27 SECT – C in SET.
28 IGUANA – from GUIANA, with the I moved to the front, thus “foremost”.
29 RESET – E in REST.
30 VIDUITY – DV< + U[n]ITY.
31 ACRE – R in ACE.
32 ESURIENCIES – (SEINE CRUISE)*.
Down
1 INCONCLUSIVE – CON in INCLUSIVE.
2 BARTSIA – BART’S + A1<.
3 EYE-TO-EYE – T.O. in (EYE + EYE).
4 ERYSIMUM – MISERY* + UM.
5 LIGAMENTARY – (GERMAN + ITALY)*.
6 COMTE – M in COTE. Auguste Comte, I think.
7 TOOTH – TOOT + H.
8 ONLY-BEGOTTEN – (GENTLE BOY NOT)*.
10 EXCORTICATE – C in (A TOXIC TREE)*.
16 ELECTRIC – ELECT + RIC[e].
17 OPALESCE – PLACES* in (O + E).
20 SAUCERS – S + (U in ACE) + Royal Society.
23 YOGIS – YO + GIS.
24 GLAUR – L in GAUR.

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