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Azed 1861 — mind your language

Posted by Colin Blackburn on February 2nd, 2008

Colin Blackburn.

I don’t know my solving time so I’ll break with the tradition of the last few blogs. I often solve puzzles piecemeal, here and there, and interspersed with bits of Listener solving, daily puzzles, etc, and so I don’t record the times. All I remember of this one is that I solved about 60% of it on a 35 minute bus journey with no dictionary available. I finished off the puzzle at home with Chambers providing confirmation and Bradford’s providing a crutch. There are two answers that I’m not certain about, 13 and 32.

Across
1 BISCACHA BIS+CACH(e)A one of several spellings of a South American burrowing rodent.
11 SAUTERNE E in (NUTS ARE)* great surface.
12 THUJA H in (A JUT)<
13 STANDS T in SANDS a stand is a tub, I assume that T is beached, ie in SANDS. The surface reads like it is reference to something.
14 TONEME TO + (E + MEN)< at = TO.
15 TAVERT AVER in TT great Scottish word, excellent clue.
17 PARLEYVOO A in (POOL VERY)* slang term for a Frenchmen defined by slang for a Frenchman.
18 RHEUM “room” lovely clue. Niobe wept tears for her daughter.
19 AMASS atacAMA’S Sands
22 SORTS SHORTS – H reference to Henry Cooper.
25 PERST P+ERST
26 CREPITANT (NICE TART + P)* the anagram indicator is ‘pickled’ but it could have been either end before I knew what CREPITANT meant.
28 OIRISH IRIS in OH another great clue, IRIS Murdoch but ref. Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid press.
30 ETRIER TR in EI(g)ER another fine clue.
32 TZETZE ZZ in TETE I assume this is ZZ intermittently positioned in TETE. However, I couldn’t find ZZ = buzzing even if it makes sense. This wouldn’t be so bad if the second Z wasn’t unchecked as TZETSE also fits the grid.
33 WILCO W + LOCI*
34 CONTINUO (I COUNT IN ON)*
35 CAMISADE (IS AD) in CAME
Down
1 BUTTERSCOTCH (UTTERS+C) in BOTCH
2 IMHO H in I+MO IMHO = ‘in my humble opinion’ can be read as ‘if you ask me’.
3 SHUNTER SHUN + RET<
4 CAJEPUT (PUJA ETC)*
5 CAMERA CA+M + ARE*
6 HUSTLE ju(ST) in HULE
7 PEAVY P + ‘EAVY
8 ERNE sheERNEss
9 UNDROSSY (SUN SO DRY)* my favourite answer and clue. It’s such a good word and the clue is just sublime.
10 TESTOSTERONE STORE* in TEST+ONE
16 C-HORIZON CHORIZO+N this was the last answer I actually put in despite it’s obviousness. It isn’t listed in Chambers between CHOZIRO and CHORIZONT (which is a fantastic word) so I dithered for a while and then discovered it was listed under C. Pah!
20 METRICS (ST CRIME)*
21 ARMILLA A+RM+ILL+(ra-r)A jolly = RM (Royal Marine) but giving a good surface about bits of skirts.
23 ATHENA A THEN A another great clue. The centre or Baal is ‘A then A’.
24 CAECUM “Secombe” reference is to Harry Secombe, singer and Goon. It’s good to see two words that are spelt so differently but are reasonable homophones.
27 PITTA double def.
29 REND N in RED
31 ECAD ACE< + D

2 Responses to “Azed 1861 — mind your language”

  1. Andrew says:

    16A – one of the definitions in Chambers for STAND is “to assume the attitudea and duties of (guard, sentinel)”. So “assumes” is an extra definition and I think the the T is a “beached one”, not just “beached”.

    32A – maybe the “intermittently” means that a single Z occurs twice.

    Now, on to the Spoonerisms!

  2. Colin Blackburn says:

    Thanks Andrew.

    16a – surely ‘assumes’ couldn’t do duty for ‘assumes the attitude…’ That’s quite a specific meaning which would have to be alluded to in the clue.

    Re: 32a – yes I considered this too but does a single Z mean a buzzing sound? ZED appears in Bradford’s under BUZZ(ING) but I didn’t notice the reverse in Chambers.

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