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Beelzebub 1,227

Posted by Simon Harris on 15th September 2013

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A tough puzzle even by Beelzebub standards, which has taken me until now to finish, let alone explain. Still, I think I’ve managed to cover everything off.

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Beelzebub No 1226

Posted by Jed on 6th September 2013

Jed.

A pleasure to solve and to blog

 

 

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Beelzebub 1,225

Posted by Simon Harris on 1st September 2013

Simon Harris.

Initially a fairly mid-paced week for me, but with a real struggle at the end, leaving a few clues unexplained. I’ve reproduced the relevant clues.

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Beelzebub No 1224

Posted by Jed on 23rd August 2013

Jed.

This was somewhat different – could maybe be another compiler – devices such as subtractive anagram at 3d not seen here before – and 9d …..

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Beelzebub 1,223

Posted by Simon Harris on 18th August 2013

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A reasonably smooth solve this week, perhaps due to some relatively uncomplicated wordplay in parts, and generally more accessible vocabulary than some weeks. Still there were a few to check in Chambers, and 15dn beat me entirely, though it seems tractable enough once one knows the answer!

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Beelzebub No. 1222

Posted by Jed on 9th August 2013

Jed.

Tough and a pleasure

 

 

 

 

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Beelzebub 1,221

Posted by Simon Harris on 4th August 2013

Simon Harris.

A relatively swift solve at first, though with plenty to check in Chambers before I could quite finish, let alone prepare a blog. Lots of abbreviations and reversals this week. 28ac partly escapes me even now.

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Beelzebub 1220

Posted by Jed on 26th July 2013

Jed.

32across is highly original

 

 

 

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Beelzebub 1,219

Posted by Simon Harris on 21st July 2013

Simon Harris.

Whilst I’d hesitate to ever use the word “easy” about a Beelzebub puzzle, this one certainly seemed to reside at the more tractable end of the spectrum. I managed to finish unaided in a single session, which is a first, though there were one or two leaps of faith that required checking in Chambers later.

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Beelzebub 1218

Posted by Jed on 12th July 2013

Jed.

Highest quality as usual

 

 

 

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Beelzebub 1217

Posted by Jed on 5th July 2013

Jed.

Fiendish and witty with ingenious misdirections

 

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Beelzebub 1216

Posted by Jed on 28th June 2013

Jed.

First-rate

 

 

 

 

Across

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Beelzebub 1,215

Posted by Simon Harris on 23rd June 2013

Simon Harris.

A good tough week, I found, though everything fell into place in the end.

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Beelzebub 1214

Posted by Jed on 14th June 2013

Jed.

Excellent as usual

 

 

 

 

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Beelzebub 1,213

Posted by Simon Harris on 9th June 2013

Simon Harris.

Post number 350 for me, and a tough week indeed. I made a very quick start, but ground to a halt with about a dozen entries down. Even taking Beelzebub to the pub midweek—often a boon for solving, is my excuse—resulted in little more than a grid liberally doused with Anchor Summer Beer. Still, I got there in the end, somehow. 16ac defies my best attempts at explanation, however.

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