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Azed 1809 – an easy one?

Posted by linxit on February 7th, 2007


Solving time just 22:44 – I normally take at least twice that if not 3 times, so either I was on fire that day or it was a lot easier than usual…(but I made a mistake – see below).

Sorry for the lateness of the blog posting – I had it in my head that there was a two-week gap between publication and posting for Azed’s, until I got a gentle reminder from Ilan this afternoon. Well, the online PDF version was a bit wonky again – this one had all the line-markings showing placement of the various text-boxes visible. Also the incredibly lucky Namey Namey of Address Address won all three prizes for Azed 1806, so congratulations to him again!


1 GAS,TIGHT – a couple of very English slang terms here – gas = talk too much, tight = drunk – and you’d hope a (gas) mask would be gas-tight! Interesting to see blotto used as part of the wordplay in one clue and as the answer to another (8d) in the same puzzle.
11 IPPON – hidden in skIP PONting. A winning judo move.
13 A,SANA(tive) – a yoga position – also came in handy a couple of days later in the Times2 Race-The-Clock crossword!
15 EVITA,T(r)E(e) – Shakespearean word meaning to avoid.
16 TRIER – double meaning: one who tries and the German birthplace of Karl Marx.
18 SALTARELLOS – ALTAR (high table) inside losels* – strangely unlikely surface reading, as a losel is a worthless person.
25 EYRIR – Y inside (I err)* – bit of a dictionary merry-go-round to get this. Looked up krona to see what it’s 100 of – öre or aurar. Not very promising, but on a hunch I looked up aurar – see eyrir. Yes, aurar is the plural of eyrir – and I thought English had the wackiest irregular plurals!
28 S(A)CRA(g) – i.e. A = one inside SCRA (most of scrag = neck)
31 T(RADE=dare*)ON – had to check this. I knew ton = fashion but it can also mean fashionable people.
32 SH,OYU=you* – a rich soy sauce used in Japanese cookery.
33 LAT,ERA,N – refers to this place.
35 ST(EM)WARE – i.e. ‘EM=them inside (waters)*

1 GIANT’S-KETTLE (Leg it, tank set)* – here‘s an example of one.
2 APSARAS – hidden in chAPS A RASh – actually a Hindu water sprite, but presumably stony because they’re found as carvings in temples.
3 S(PAH)I – IS rev around PAH. A pah is a Maori fort, and has come up two or three times in crosswords this year. I think I’ve seen it recently in the Spectator and the Listener.
4 TO(N)LET – there was an armour-themed Spectator recently too, and although this wasn’t in it I remembered it as one of the possibilities…
5 G,R.A.,V(ersus),URE – ure = “practice that’s lost”, i.e. an obsolete word for practice. Also a river and a type of ox, which are both much more common treatments of it.
6 H(OM=M.O. rev)IE – hie = make haste, not makes haste, so something should be done about the s really. No, take that back. Hie can also be a noun meaning haste, so makes is just a link word.
7 DERAI,L – (a dire)* + L = beginner behind the wheel – nice definition.
9 GLUER (regul)* – regulatory minus “a tory”, and referring to John Gummer, the Tory MP.
10 PASSEMEASURE – “A MESS” rev replaces L in PLEASURE.
19 ÉTRENNE – ET=alien, RENNE = old (“no longer”) word for run = race, Le Pen is French so might expect a New Year’s gift on 1/1. Very misleading punctuation and the use of Le Pen for the Frenchman threw me off too. I know I put ETIENNE in my submission and didn’t understand the wordplay when I first solved it.
23 RINDED (ridden*) – Derby is a rinded cheese, proper presumably to differentiate from Sage Derby, which looks like this.
24 C(AS)HAW – as = “so far” inside CHAW = quid (of tobacco).
26 YDR(dry*),AD=puff – YDRAD = old past participle of dread.
27 S,TO A T – although Chambers only gives it as “to a tee”.
29 C(HOT)A – first element of Indian breakfast, as the correct term is chota hazri. Chota on its own just means small, little.

One Response to “Azed 1809 – an easy one?”

  1. says:

    I had C(US)HAW which meant I couldn’t get SACRA. CUSHAW is both an alternative spelling for CASHAW and US is abbrev(ut supra) which I convinced myself is close enough to “so far”. Oh well. Should have backtracked when I couldn’t resolve ?UCRA.

    Thanks for the John GUMMER allusion — didn’t get it. And I too had ET,IENNE but was wild stab at a French name.

    I got through this one pretty quickly too (ignoring the deadend and mistakes) — but for me that means an hour and a half!

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