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Azed 1843

Posted by Colin Blackburn on September 30th, 2007

Colin Blackburn.

A possibly error-free Azed! The usual mix of obscure words in both the grid and word play, some unusual devices and some great surfaces added up to a typically enjoyable Azed plain puzzle.

Across
1 BLABBERMOUTH — LAB + BERM + OUT in BH — BH is the IVR for Belize (formerly British Honduras).
9 OUTERWEAR — (UAR WE TORE)* — off was a popular anagrind in this puzzle, here it adds to the brevity of the clue.
11 BLOOD SUGAR — BLOOD + SUGAR
12 BUND — BUN + D — BUN is a term for a young squirrel or rabbit.
14 URDE — R in UDE (= hUnDrEd) — clever use of numerals to hide the three letters required.
15 ALHAGI — HAG in ALI — there’s a good chance an Arab will be Ali!
16 TAIAHA — AIA in (HAT)* — an AIA is a nursemaid in India during the Raj.
19 PALADIN — LAD in PAIN — here the surface suggests the reading that gives the insertion indicator.
21 SNOTTER — (RN SET-TO)*
23 LEGGED — EGG in LED — This is very neat. The question mark naturally follows from the question in the surface but in the word play “Was leader” isn’t a question and the question mark hints at a slightly cryptic definition.
25 TROADE — ROAD for IM in TIME — this device of replacing a bit of one word with another is used a couple of times in this puzzle; here it leads to a very clean surface.
26 ENVY — ENV(o)Y — duck = O and another fine surface.
28 NEEM — AS MEDICINE = (NEEM IS ACID)* — a classic Azed composite anagram. “This” does duty for the answer.
30 SEAKEEPING — AKEE in (EG NIPS)* — one of those clues that has you reaching for the dictionary for the clue rather than the answer. Skeely = skilful.
31 CRABEATER — BE+A in CRATER
32 STENTMASTERS — (TR MEANS TESTED)* — a very neat anagram.
Down
1 BOAB — BOA+B and A in BOB — two sets of word play here just add to the initial confusion though both are simple in the end.
2 LUPULINE — UP in bLUe + LINE
3 BELDAM — BEDLAM with LD< — simple but effective.
4 BROUGHT — ROUGH for A in BAT — the definition is simply “Caused” which had me for a while.
5 REDSTARTS — RED STARTS — a slightly inexact snooker reference as this isn’t true of any break! A break can start with a colour if all the reds have been potted or if a colour is potted in lieu of a red following a foul. Still, it’s a very nice idea.
6 MASSA — ASSAM< — Assam is a tea-growing area of India.
7 UPGRADE — G in (A PRUDE)*
8 TOAD — “towed”
10 CREANCE — (NACRE)* in CE — hobby here is the bird of prey, falco subbuteo. Incidentally this bird’s Latin name gives us the name for the popular “flick to kick” table-top football game.
13 PIPE DREAM — A in (ME RIPPED)*
15 AUSLESE — (USES ALE)* — nicely observed anagram.
17 HINDERERS — RED< in (RHINE)*
18 DOGVANE — (GAVE NOD)*
20 LORRIES — O+RR in LIES — RR = roller = Rolls Royce.
22 DONNAT — N in DONAT — Dotheboys was the fictional school in Nicholas Nickleby, it was in Yorkshire and so here is used to qualify DONNAT as a Yorkshire word as well as creating a good surface.
24 EXERT — X in TREE< — TREE is a form of cross
27 NEXT — sectariaN EXTremist
29 MARS — MARSPORT – PORT — a MARSPORT is the same as a spoilsport. The definition is a reference to the old Mars Bar adverts, “A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play.”

One Response to “Azed 1843”

  1. Ali says:

    Indeed, another enjoyable puzzle, and one for which I managed to fill in quite a bit before having to resort to the big red book!

    Very much enjoyed the PALADIN clue. Reminded me of the recent homo-sapiens LAMANTIN clue which the great man himself picked out as his favourite in the accompanying slip.

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