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Beelzebub No1212

Posted by Jed on 31st May 2013

Jed.

A nifty design where the perimeter is comprised of four hyphenated repeats

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Beelzebub 1,211

Posted by Simon Harris on 26th May 2013

Simon Harris.

This seemed a very tough week for me, though on blogging I’m not sure why, as everything seems to make sense. I suspect it was a combination of some tough vocabulary plus a good number of 12-letter entries, few of which I was familiar with prior to solving. Good stuff all the same, as always.

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Beelzebub 1210

Posted by Jed on 17th May 2013

Jed.

Ingenious and deftly crafted

 

 

 

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Beelzebub 1,209

Posted by Simon Harris on 12th May 2013

Simon Harris.

The same weekend that Inquisitor is moved into the main paper, Beelzebub benefits from almost double the space we’re used to. The grid is commensurately huge, while the clues remain printed in the tiniest of fonts, giving even my mid-thirties eyes a weekly challenge almost as daunting as the crossword gives my brain.

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Beelzebub 1208

Posted by Jed on 3rd May 2013

Jed.

Fiendishly clever

 

 

 

 

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Beelzebub 1,207

Posted by Simon Harris on 28th April 2013

Simon Harris.

Well I never. It has been a while, but this was a rare unaided finish for your blogger. I suspect the enforced discipline of tackling the puzzle over a quiet pint or two up in SE19, without easy access to references, helped matters. That said, a few more stubborn entries held out until the following evening.

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Beelzebub 1206

Posted by Jed on 19th April 2013

Jed.

Wonder how many other folk allow themselves this weekly treat

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Beelzebub 1,205

Posted by Simon Harris on 14th April 2013

Simon Harris.

Apologies for the tardy post, and many thanks to Gaufrid for pointing out the oversight. This was quite a tough week, so there are a couple I haven’t been able to explain fully. I’ve reproduced the clues in those cases.

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Beelzebub 1204

Posted by Jed on 5th April 2013

Jed.

Towards the easier end of the Beelzebub spectrum but no less enjoyable for that

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Beelzebub 1,203

Posted by Simon Harris on 31st March 2013

Simon Harris.

A fairly tough challenge, I thought. There was plenty to confim in Chambers before blogging, but I think I’ve managed to explain everything this week.

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Beelzebub 1202

Posted by Jed on 22nd March 2013

Jed.

Excellent as usual

 

 

 

 

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Beelzebub 1,201

Posted by Simon Harris on 17th March 2013

Simon Harris.

A very tough week. There was plenty to look up, both definitions and wordplay elements, much of which was only to be found in Chambers. The wordplay for 7ac eludes me, while 27ac and 28db have beaten me completely. The relevant clues have been reproduced.

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Beelzebub 1200

Posted by Jed on 8th March 2013

Jed.

Usual inventiveness and clever misdirections – includes a mini theme as yet unexplained

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Beelzebub 1,199

Posted by Simon Harris on 3rd March 2013

Simon Harris.

A good and fairly tough puzzle this week. Plenty of insertions and less abbreviations than usual, I thought, which is not a complaint.

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Beelzebub 1198

Posted by Jed on 22nd February 2013

Jed.

Highest quality as usual

 

 

 

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