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Beelzebub 1,197

Posted by Simon Harris on February 17th, 2013

Simon Harris.

A medium-paced Beelzebub this week, I thought. Not too hard and not too easy, but with plenty to enjoy.

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

Across
1 DUPE – P[ill] in DUE.
4 SKIATRON – (A in SKIT) + R + ON. Not, as it may sound, a machine to do your skiing for you, rather a particular type of direct-view bistable storage tube. Of course.
10 INEXTENSIBLE – (SIXTEEN* + B) in LINE*.
11 ERRORS – (R and R) separately in EROS. The “source of stage comedy” is obviously a reference to Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors.
12 TALA – (A + LAT)<.
14 PAELLASE in PALLAS.
15 BEDSWERVERBED + W + (R in EVER).
18 ACERATE – ACER + ATE.
19 ON TRUST – [f]ONT + RUST.
22 ENTHRALLED – THEN* + (ALL in RED).
23 SONATAS – SO + SATAN<. A reference to the (as far as I can see, unattributed) claim that the devil has all the best music.
25 HOLM – H[arbour] O[n] L[ake] M[ichigan].
26 MILICE – MIL[k] + ICE.
27 AFTERTHOUGHT – (TER[m] + THOUGHT) in (A + T).
28 GAUSSIAN – A in (AS USING)*.
29 THEE – THE[m]E.
Down
1 DIETE in DIT.
2 UNREEL – hom. of “unreal”.
3 PERIDOTE – DIRE< in POTE.
4 STRAWCUTTERS – (RAW + C) in STUTTERS.
5 INFARCT – [docto]R in IN FACT.
6 ASSEVERATION – (AVIATORS SEEN)*.
7 TITLE ROLE – (LITTLER O[n]E)*.
8 OLLAV – OL[d] + LAV.
9 NEASDEN – (D in EASE) in (N + N).
13 USERNAMESN in MEASURES*.
16 RAYLEIGHE in (RAY + LIGH[t]). Probably John Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, but possibly his son Robert, also a physicist and a Rayleigh.
17 MOSS HAG – (SH in SA) in MOG.
18 ASHANTI – ASH + ANTI.
20 SEICHE – SEI + C + HE.
21 LOOFA – from ALOOF with the indefinite article, A, moved to the foot of the word.
24 FETE – from FEET, though slightly changed.

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