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Azed 1811 – waves and wave-dwellers

Posted by petebiddlecombe on February 18th, 2007


Solving time 16:05, without Chambers

This is probably about as easy as Azed gets. Easy for me anyway, as 1A was a word I knew, and 9 first letters of relatively easy down words gives you a great start. I slowed down a bit in the bottom half, and I suspect a few people might have done this very quickly indeed. But I’m talking about people with long experience – I’ve been solving Azed on and off since an Easter vacation back in 1981 when I should have been revising for finals but spent a big chunk of a weekend with Azed, Chambers, and Chambers words. I’m pretty sure that (a) this was my first Azed, and (b) I finished it – two or three years before I finished my first Times daily puzzle (rather more lit-based than it is now). Although Azed uses tough vocabulary, the precise clue-writing and extra help from more checking letters give you few excuses, unless you come up against a difficult word with the first letter unchecked, which lurks in an unexpected place in the big red book. Cross-referencing is much better than it used to be in C (Chambers), so this doesn’t happen too often.

With waves in the first answer, four fish or similar, two watery spirits and seaweed , I start to wonder whether there’s a deliberate theme.  Probably not. Enough chat, and on to the clues…

1 ONDES MARTENOT – an early synthesiser-like musical instrument. Best known from its soloistic part in Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie – follow the link for some sound clips if you’re curious. Great piece if you like big classical music in the Mahler 8 and Gurre-lieder tradition. Ondes = waves, by the way.
11 COR(‘VE)E – corvee = extra duty, and core = a company/gang/shift (from “corps”).
15 DANIO – hidden. It’s a tropical fish – our first one
17 CALPA = (a plac(e))<= – a “day of Brahma”, or 4320 million years to you
18 OOTHECAE – (eac(e)h too)
24 PHREATIC – (a pitcher)*
26 RULES – 2 defs. One is London’s oldest restaurant
28 ATHETISES – Thetis, one of the fifty Nereids (fortunately they don’t all have names – Arethusa and Galatea are the main others to remember) in rev. of sea.
30 URIEL – letter move in Alison Lurie. The “angelic creature” bit is maybe an early Valentine’s day message – Mrs Azed is an Alison.
31 UNTIL – jauntily with the external jay removed
33 UNDINE – U,(dinne(r))* – another mythical water-spirit
2 NOUGAT – letter swap in nought
4 SE(A)BAT – s(h)ebat is a month of the Hebrew Calendar. The Hebrew and French revolutionary calendars are well worth a browse for advanced cryptic purposes. You can get the whole of the latter under “revolutionary calendar in C”. Our next wave-dweller.
7 ROAR – compound anagram. Take “safari tourist”, remove “if it’s at us”, and anagram the remaining four letters.
10 ORIYA – (i(f) yo(u) ar(e))* – it’s one of the many languages in C – I’ve already forgotten where from.
11 CONCEPTUS – C=”see”,ONCE,(puts)*
13 D(OVERS)OLE – another fish
20 COL(LET,I)T = coal tit
21 SEA-EAR (SE area)* – the last wave-dweller. Relieved not to have to scour the epic “sea” entry in C for this or 4D. It’s the same as the ormer (presumably from oreille de mer, he said without looking up), which can be found around the Channel Islands – I think you can eat them in local restaurants.
22 TRI(U)NE – trine = to go – a new one for me.
23 DES(t)INE – design as spelled by … yes, Ed. Spenser
25 HYRAX = “high racks” – rack(1) = pain,anxiety,doubt says C. It’s a rock-dwelling creature – a bit like a marmot but not really.
27 KILP – reverse hidden, variant spelling of kelp.
29 H,A,L,S – ref. the Laughing Cavalier

2 Responses to “Azed 1811 – waves and wave-dwellers”

  1. says:

    Personally I found Azed 1809 easier (22:44 for me), but this one wasn’t much harder apart from two blank squares I was left with – one of which you haven’t mentioned…

    9d NAN_ – can’t see anything in Chambers to fit the wordplay.

    26a R_LES – never heard of the restaurant, should’ve Googled I suppose…

  2. says:

    I too struggled with 9D but at some point the penny dropped: it’s NANA Mouskori — the “Greek songbird” and rev(ANAN) which in C is archaic interj for “failure to understand”.

    Again, hats off to Peter for doing this without Chambers.

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