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Azed 1823 / Outrageous!

Posted by tilsit on May 20th, 2007

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Solving Time: around an hour and 15 minutes (in two sittings)

Azed’s Monthly puzzle for May was a Plain puzzle with a short word to clue.

Finding a starting point is sometimes tricky with Azed, although the longer answers are frequently anagrams.  I found this to be the best way in this month. 

This was quite a tough puzzle and took me about half an hour longer than usual. Unfortunately, upon checking the copy I sent in, I
made a transcription error with 25 across. so no chance of an HC this month.
ACROSS  * = ANAGRAM    (r) =  REVERSAL

1  KETUBAH Anagram of TAKE HUBBY less BY.
7  ALODS ALS (historical form of AS) with DO (= DITTO) INSIDE
11 RHODYMENIA Def = edible seaweed.  An anagram of HARDY ONE I’M
12 SLAY  Greatly amuse = SLAY.  A in SLY = Cunning
13 DAY COAL Upper mine layer = def.  AY =  always inside A CLOD*
14 SOMONI Currency in Tajikistan = def. SO MONIED = very well off, less ED
17 MINISCULE Trivial, generally frowned upon = def.  MUSIC NEIL*
18 ANENT  in line with = def.   AN ENTRY less RY
19 NUBBIN Underdeveloped ear = def  BIB* inside NUN
21 MITRES Joints = def.  TIRE* inside M S – An excellent clue.
24 NOINT A slightly complex clue that took me a while to work out.
  I think it says that “Oil Paint’s to brush on with NO INT”
25 ATTRAHENS Decriptive of a particular muscle = def.  THAT’S NEAR*
28 ROBOTS SA lights = def  B in ROOTS
30 TIMBALE Mould = def.  LAMB* in TIE
31 GLOW  G + LOW   bloom = def
32 INDIGOFERA Tropicl plants = def.  GOFER in INDIA
33 NEESE EEN (R) + SE
34 MAD BRED created with passion = def.  BARD* inside MED     

DOWN
1  KISS  The word to be clued this month.
2  EFLORNITHINE What restricts mane = def THE FINER LION*  Another nice clue.
3  TRAMPETTE Gym machine = def.  TRAM + PETTE(d)
4  BORNITE IT inside  BORNE
5  ADDINS Richard Addinsell (Warsaw Concerto)  minus ELL
6  HYALIN ANYCHILD* minus CD   Transparent stuff = def.
7  AMYAS Lowly squire = def E.G mother =  SAY MA (r)
8  LECH  Hidden answer  subtLE CHarms
9  DIALLING TONE  A glorious clue, poss my second favourite of the month.  Help rising  =  AID (R) j  Jazz Great =  (Duke) ELLINGTON moving its first letter to last.  Great stuff!
10 SALIENTS Bits of fortification =  def.  offensive =  ALIEN inside ST S (Stone Square)
15 TUBICOLAR RUB CAT + OIL* 
16 LAMANTIN Probably the best clue I have seen in a while!  SEA COW = definition    HOMO SAPIENS =  MAN in LATIN -  Outrageous and brilliant!
20 UNNOTED Overlooked = def.  NOUN*  + TED (Teddy Boy – gone from “real life”, but still with us in Crosswordland!)
22 SHALOM HALO in SM (See the old song “Kiss me goodnight, Sergeant Major)
23 TEREFA REF in TEA
26 ADAGE Saw = def (check for noun) Bill =  AD + AGE
27 IBIS  Wader = Def  IB (abbreviation – ibidem = in the same place) + IS (Island)
29 SWAD  Hick = def.  W in SAD  Nice allusion to Graeme Hick – cricketer in clue!

A splendid puzzle that all Azed fans will have enjoyed.  If you are at a loose end today and have been a bit frightened by those funny looking puzzles with bars, perhaps you should have a go.

Aw…go on, go on, go on……. 

4 Responses to “Azed 1823 / Outrageous!”

  1. says:

    A great puzzle this. Took me roughly the same time. LAMANTIN was the last clues I got, and it took me a while to work out the excellent wordplay. I love the DIALLING TONE clue too. Inspired stuff.

  2. says:

    NOINT I did not understand, so thanks for that, though I was confident enough that I was right from the definition. I think your explanation is right. For better or worse, old enough to understand “Kiss me good-night, Sergeant Major” but think it might have perplexed some.

  3. says:

    I didn’t understand LAMANTIN at all until I sat down to submit my entry, and was about to add a note querying it. Then the penny dropped, and I agree – sheer brilliance.

  4. says:

    Agree fully with the comments above, I didn’t understand “noint” and I can’t clearly remember filling this into the grid despite the puzzle being set only a coulple of weeks ago, alas I may be disqualified from the competition for an error here.
    Lamantin was also my favourite clue, one of Azed’s most inspired, great stuff.

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