Posted by michod on December 17th, 2006
I did most of this on the tube, without Chambers, which is an interesting exercise – you have to make quite a few educated guesses and then corroborate them via the dictionary later (I came unstuck doing this in the competition puzzle a few weeks ago when I forgot to check one guess, which was in fact a word of my own invention!) Fifteen words that were new to me – more across than down – which is why doing Azed’s so good for your vocabulary. His clueing is beautifully concise, and a lot of the wordplay’s actually very straightforward once you work out how to split the clue.
1. PLASTRON. LAST in PRON(e). Never worn one myself – apparently it’s a shirt front.
8. SAM. Surface-to-air missile/ Spenserian word for together.
11. YAUTIA. Compound anagram of ‘Paraguayan tuber I” without “a burger pan”. This is my least favourite type of Azed clue – often you eliminate all the other letters to be left with an obvious anagram, though not in this case (except for Paraguayan greengrocers perhaps).
12. BIOTA. B=breadth, + iota.
13. ANTABUSE. TABU in ANS + (sentenc)E. Isn’t antabuse when you pull their legs off?
14. PARTICIPATES. SEAT* after ARTIC in PIP. As in give someone the pip, old-fashioned slang for offence. Nice to get ‘artic’ in there.
17. TORANA. To + RANA.
18. PIOTED. IT + DOPE*. Means piebald, as does pinto.
19. EPICAL. PICA in (b)EL(t).
20. OUTRAN. OU (Oxford Univ, dark blues in boat race) + TRA(i)N – dropping fourth letter.
23. ISCHIA. Ref. island in the Bay of Naples – literally isolated.
25. TRIOSE. IE SORT anag. You can get away with short, obvious anagrams when the word is likely to be unfamiliar.
27. LEVOROTATORY. LOT OVER* + A TORY. Great word, deceptively simple clue – to the left of just refers to position within the word.
28. SCARIOUS. S(quad) + CARIOUS.
30. SITED. I in STED. “I’ll be” is used so that I can be the personal pronoun or just the letter – “I am fixed in place” would not be allowed by Azed.
31. CROUTE. C + ROUTE. Very straightforward wordplay.
32. SAE. Stamped addressed envelope/ Scots for ‘so’.
33. INTENDED. TEN in IDDEN*. I’m not keen on ‘veiled’ as an anagram indicator. In the sense of ‘disguised, obscured, but it doesn’t suggest mixing the letters to me.
1. PYA. PYA*. Simple anag, obscure unit of currency.
2. LANAI. Hidden < in “HawaiIAN ALteration”. This word popped up in another puzzole recently, so came quite easily.
3. STATE TROOPER. TREAT* in STOOPER.
4. TIBIAE. I BIT < + A(varic)E. I put ETAIAE before thinking better of it.
5. RAUCID. CU < in RAID. Another good word. “(At dawn?)” seems unnecessary.
6. ONSITE. TENSIO(n)*.
7. DIVARICATION. DIVA + RITA ICON*.
8. SOUTACHE. S (‘is’ shortened) + OUT + ACHE. Barred setters will also use s for is without indicating shortening.
9. ATHENA. A THEN A. Very nice clue.
10. MARSALAS. MARS + ALAS.
15. SPOTLESS. PLOT* in SESS. Sess is an obsolete word for a local tax – obsolence is sometimes indicated by ‘old’ etc, but not consistently.
16. MOTIVATE. MOT + VAT in IE.
21. UREDIA. RED I in (q)UA(t). Quat being a dialect word for pimple – but since a pustule is a pimple too, how do you get one on the other?
22. NEOCON. ONCE* + ON. The one that’s not in Chambers, but familiar enough.
23. INTACT. IN T(he) ACT. Nice treatment, but doesn’t ‘wherein’ demand the reply ‘the act’ rather than ‘in the act’ – I’d have thought ‘where’ would work better.
24. SPARRE. (bee)R in SPARE.
26. BRUTE. TUBER*.
29. SED. (o)DES <. Milton this time.