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Azed 1853: Liberté, Egalité, Sororité

Posted by jetdoc on December 9th, 2007


A mixed bag of clues from Azed this week — some that were pretty easy, and a few that held me up for a while. I had to think hard about 31a, and I’m still not sure about 27a and 9d.

I seem to have typed ‘hidden in’ several times while blogging this, though I see it’s just four times — is that more than we’d expect of that type of clue in one puzzle?

We were warned on the Crossword Centre’s message board about a misprint that invalidated a compound anagram. So I was afraid I would fail to spot it, and I worried that it might be in 30a. But I think (I hope!) it’s in 25d.

My favourite clue in this one is 30a, because I like the way the definition is incorporated into the wordplay.

1 DROW — ‘word’ backwards. Both drow and smur are Scottish words for fine misty rain (the Scots seem to have rather a lot of words for that).
4 CHEST — hidden in ‘much esteemed’. Both chest and thesaurus can mean ‘treasury’.
8 SPUE — an old form of ‘spew’. P = page; in ‘sue’, which once meant ‘court’.
11 EUPHAUSIACEAN — *(a sei aha un peu c), C being the ‘first of countless’. Rather a forced anagram, I think, though amusing. By coincidence, on the very day I am writing this, the Antarctic krill, Euphausia superba, is referred to in Wikipedia’s featured article.
12 LIBOR — hidden in ‘capital I borrowed’. LIBOR is the London Interbank Offered Rate. No I’m not exactly fascinated, either.
13 HORST — ‘hors’ = outside; T = bit of tartine. Horst is a block of the earth’s crust that has remained in position while the ground around it has either subsided or been folded into mountains by pressure against its solid sides.
15 INCONDITE — *(cine), including ‘on dit’ (rumour). Incondite means ‘not well put together, poorly constructed, irregular, unfinished’.
17 REED PIPE — *(deed) in ‘ripe’. A reed pipe is an organ-pipe whose tone is produced by the vibration of a reed, the pipe acting as resonator.
18 EGEST — 50% of ‘colleges’; T = time.
19 BANIA — ‘ban’ = prohibition; ‘ia’ = even-numbered letters of ‘nipa’. Bania can mean ‘a Hindu trader, esp from Gujarat; loosely, outside India, any Hindu; an Indian broker or financier’.
21 RANDOMLY — *(lord many).
24 QUERCETUM — ‘query’ minus its final letter; *(em cut). A quercetum is a collection of oak trees. I never feel quite happy with clues that use abbreviations like ’em (or …in’ instead of …ing) to make an anagram work.
26 MEANY — ‘so-and-so without warmth’ is the definition. ‘Many’ = ‘a host’; E = ‘Earl’.
27 HASTESorry, but I can’t work this one out. I shall doubtless feel very silly when someone explains it.
28 ANTIQUITARIAN — To be clued by competition entrants.
29 NEEM — hidden in ‘trainee medic’. The neem tree is extraordinarily useful, yielding, among other things, a medicinal oil. Useful tip: I strongly recommend neem-based mosquito repellent, which, unlike most others, neither stinks nor rots your clothes.
30 FREER — ‘One creating liberté’ is the definition. *(et fraternité) minus the letters of ‘it tante’. Clever surface reading, though the anagram is perhaps a bit forced.
31 YONT — N = new; inside (bottled by) ‘toy’ (miniature, as in poodles and the like) reversed. ‘Yont’ is a Scottish form of ‘yon’.
1 DELIVERYMAN — ‘named’ backwards (‘called up’) outside ‘livery’.
2 RUIN AGATE — I in ‘runagate’. Ruin agate, a variant of brecciated agate, is agate with irregular markings, apparently like ruins.
3 WHOOPS — double definition.
4 CARNY — double definition — ‘cunning, sly’ and ‘a person who works in a carnival’.
5 HUED — H = ‘first indication of hurricane’; *(due). If something is hued (coloured) it is not plain.
6 ESPIEGLERIE — *(piles e.g.) in [Lake] Erie. Espièglerie is roguishness or playfulness.
7 SINTERY — ‘inter’ = bury; in SY = central letters of geyser, reversed. Old Faithful is a geyser in Yellowstone National Park. ‘Sintery’ describes a deposit from hot springs.
8 SCOOP — hidden in ‘Tesco operative’.
9 PERJINK — another Scottish word, meaning ‘prim, finical’. A jink, in rugby, is a quick, deceptive turn — so it’s a sidestep that Jonny Wilkinson might make. And ‘per’ means ‘by’. But I think I must be missing something about how this clue fits together.
10 ENTREATMENT — *(art tenet men). Chambers defines entreatment as ‘the act of entreating; treatment (obs); perhaps discourse, verbal communication, or favours as objects of entreaty (Shakesp.)’.
14 SAPI-OUTAN — ‘piou’ (not quite ‘pious’) in ‘Satan’. A wild ox found in Indonesia.
16 SENSATE — ‘feeling’ is the definition. ‘Sate’ = surfeit; stuffed with ‘ens’ = being.
17 REMUEUR — M = Monsieur; in *(rue rue). Remuage is the process of turning or shaking wine bottles so that the sediment collects at the cork end for removal; a remueur is someone who carries it out.
20 AWEARY — ‘awry’ = cam (a Shakespearean word, more often spelt ‘kam’); ‘ea’ = a river often found in crosswords. ‘Aweary’ is an old word for ‘exhausted’.
22 DENIM — ‘mined’ backwards.
23 ACHAR — ‘a car’ (‘crate’ can mean a decrepit one); packed with H = hot. Achar is Indian pickle.
25 ROTE — a medieval stringed instrument. There seems to be an extra letter in the clue — *(rote scam) would give ‘most care’, not ‘most scare’.

5 Responses to “Azed 1853: Liberté, Egalité, Sororité”

  1. Richard Heald says:

    27Ac: can’t remember the clue exactly, but the wordplay was HAS (‘conveys’) + T, E (last letters of something-or-other).

    As well as the faulty comp. anag. at 25Dn, I think Azed made a slight booboo at 11Ac by defining EUPHAUSIACEAN as if it were an adjective, not a noun.

  2. jetdoc says:

    Yes — 27a is HAS (‘conveys’) then last letters of ‘front line’.

    And I just checked, and the adjective is euphausiid or euphausid.

  3. Wil Ransome says:

    PERJINK (9D)

    I was equally bewildered by this until a friend explained it to me: it’s A = per (as in per diem), something that frequently catches me out.

  4. jetdoc says:

    Does Chambers give that definition of A? I can’t find it.

  5. Wil Ransome says:

    “Does Chambers give that definition of A? I can’t find it.”

    Yes I think it does, under per(1), although the definition is a bit odd: “for each or a”. Certainly I can remember a clue in The Times which used this device (A university in the country – PERU).

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