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AZED 1863

Posted by petebiddlecombe on February 17th, 2008


Solving time: not recorded, but I did finish this without looking anything up. 8/11 were the last two to go in. A couple of quibbles at 12 and 35, and some of the puzzlement that you can easily get if you think too hard about the def’s in Chambers.

1 SESAME OIL E,SAME in SOIL = sewage
8 SOAP SO(A)P – crumpet and soap are both women seen as sex objects
12 YUKO YUKO(n) – but ISTM that this is a judo rather than wrestling term. Is judo a kind of wrestling? Maybe.
13 MYOTUBE a stage in the development of muscle from a myoblast
14 SCIENT SC(I=Institute)ENT
16 STERLET If inserted into eater, it makes ‘Easter letter’. And it’s a small sturgeon.
18 PLOP P(L)OP – onomatopoeic container &lit
20 ARCADE A,R,CADE = a barrel or cask. This used up my barrel luck, as ‘large barrel’ – ?A?K in the Times 2 puzzle the other day had me typing TANK!
21 CYBERSQUATTER (bets quarry etc)*
23 APOLLO Poetry corner: Frances Cornford described Rupert Brooke as “A young Apollo, golden-haired”. No, of course I didn’t know that before.
26 LAVS move the S in SLAV
28 PERIAPT PAIR rev. in PET – a Shak. word for an amulet
30 DOGCART crag* in DOT = a marriage portion, not to apportion in tiny amounts, as I guessed
31 BUTANE The clue here is Fuel in armour shows all such letters —–. I hastily wrote in VOWELS, but as a wiser head elsewhere reminded me, this would make the clue into a sort of cryptic def. with no wordplay – anathema for this inquisitor. The def. is ‘Fuel’, and ‘in armour’ shows all vowels ‘but an E’. Which I understand but don’t think quite works – how do we know that ‘such letters’ means vowels except by word-game instinct?
32 ALANNAH ANNA in Hal*. I wondered briefly whether there might be an Alannah Crowther but then remembered to look in the First Names section of Chambers where Alannah is equated with ‘oh child’ which I guess is close enough to ‘my child’. Robert Zara’s comment below explains where ‘My child’ came from.
34 DERM RED rev., M=marks – In C, derm is the ‘true skin, below the outer layer’ – does this make the outer layer ‘false skin’?
35 SHEEPWASH two Hs = hands in an anagram of ‘pass ewe’. But the clue has ‘pass ewes’ – which can’t be a misprint as one ewe doesn’t need to be in order. So I guess this is a slip-up – which seems to happen more often in Azeds than it used to – or does writing up all the gory details just make you look harder?
1 SYSOP posy’s, rev.
2 EUCALYPTOLE (place you let)*
3 SKIBOB (BO,BIK(e)S) rev.
4 MINT – which in Scots really does mean ‘aim’ – both noun and verb.
5 EXTENSOR (rex tones)*
6 OMBRE O(M(o)B)RE – nut just an old card game, but with final é, ‘with tones or clours shading into each other to give a shaded or striped effect’ – of a fabric or similar.
7 LOVE RAT OVER in LAT = an isloated pillar (from Hindi)
9 OUIDA = audio* – This novelist.
10 ABERDEVINES (a breed)*,VINES – siskins as described by bird fanciers – ‘ety uncertain’. A big help for the rest of the puzzle as I remembered it from previous xwd uses
11 PEDDER P.E.,redd rev. – variant of pedlar – watch out for pether and (Walter Scott) pedder-coffe
19 ORLEANS AN in ORLES – I claim to have remembered that orleans was some kind of fabric
21 CAUDAD CA(t),(a dud)* – towards the tail, in anatomy/zoology
22 TAMARA compound anag – (as marinated)* – (dines)* – ‘a mixture of cinnamon, cloves, coriander etc.’ – one of those Chambers puzzling etc.’s – do we carry on with other spices that begin with C?
24 ONGAR – hidden. If you remember Ongar as a place in Essex, the ‘part of Essex locations’ is a bit puzzling, but then you might remember Chipping Ongar (part of Ongar, apparently). Then Google maps reveals there’s also a High Ongar nearby.
25 HITHE – HIT,H.E. = high explosive – a hithe/hythe is a small haven or port – obsolete except in place names – like Rotherhithe, and Hythe in Kent
27 SIETH T in (is he)* – a Shak. spelling of scythe, as carried by Old Father Time – most famously on the weathervane at Lord’s.

3 Responses to “AZED 1863”

  1. jetdoc says:

    The Chambers definition of aberdevine — ‘a bird-fancier’s name for the siskin’ — has always struck me as one of their more unhelpful offerings (though what kind of help I’d expect, I’m not sure).

  2. Robert Zara says:

    Alannah is in fact defined in the main section of Chambers as “my child”.

  3. Colin Blackburn says:

    In 35a I was convinced that an R and an L were to be inserted so I had SLEEP…. penciled in thinking that it was some reference to counting sheep!

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