Posted by tilsit on January 21st, 2008
Solving Time: around 75 minutes.
A tough challenge from Azed this week with some straight-forward stuff, but one or two really tricky clues that took me a while to work out.
Music: Maria Callas giving her all to Puccini. Un Bel Di is one of the few pieces of music that genuinely moves me to tears. You try too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z3-yBlDckY&feature=related
ACROSS * = Anagram CH = Chambers Dictionary
1 SHAPE HEAPS*
5 SPIN-OFF NO (short for number) inside SPIFF
10 TOUSY TEA OUT* + YEAST* See under TOUSY in CH.
12 BANG TAIL In CH, under Bang2, it relates to hair bangs (fringes / tufts). BANG = Beat + TAIL as in tail-enders of cricket team (an Azed pet subject), usually the low scorers of a side.
13 ALOHA Replacing P in ALPHA with an O.
14 ZERDA RD inside ZEA (Mrs Bradford came in handy here)
15 KAMEEZ MAKE* + EZ, which is the abbreviation for the biblical book Ezra.
16 AIRGAS I R inside AGAS
17 MOONCALF MO+ ON CAL(L) + F (following)
20 LACROSSE L + A + SCORES* One of my favourite clues.
23 DRIVEL DR + VEIL*
25 AUNTER (H)AUNTER
28 PELES Hidden answer
29 STORE T inside SORE
30 ALIGARTA G inside A TRAIL A reversed
31 WELL-SEEN WELLS + EEN
32 KYANISE INKY SEA*
33 MESNE Hidden answer.
1 STRAK KARTS (rev)
2 HOLLA O inside HALL* (Wes Hall – W Indian cricketer)
3 AUTOMOBILIA A + OUT* + MOB + ILIA
4 PSCHENT SCH inside PENT
5 MOZART Was CONSTANZA a girlfriend of Mozart? Otherwise I am not sure about this one.
6 PENNAL PENN + AL
7 NOTER RE + TON (Rev – “from a worm’s eye view”)
8 FRIDAYS I’D inside FRAYS
9 FILASSE ASS inside FILE
11 BARGE STONES BARGEST + NOSE* Bargest is a large mythical black dog from round the Lancashire hills, where I live. Wouldn’t have described it as a goblin, but Ch gives it.
17 MUDPACK PAD* inside MUCK “coated in dirt”.
18 OWRELAY OW! + LAYER*
19 CONTUSE NOSE CUT*
21 ALURES LURE (see Ch) inside AS “an antique copper!)
22 CANTLE Hidden answer
24 VEGAN Pythagorean = vegetarian (acc to Ch) AS inside VAN
26 ERVEN NERVE moving its first letter to last place
27 RENNE Hidden answer