Posted by tilsit on February 24th, 2008
Solved in three sittings totalling over 75 minutes.
Quite a tough puzzle by Azed’s standards with a grid that didn’t offer a great deal of help from one section to another. I solved the bottom half of the grid at the first sitting on a train between Euston and Manchester, once I had done and dusted with the recent circular Listener. Thanks to Cathy V for a couple of explanations and solutions.
ACROSS (*) = anagram (CD) = Cryptic def. (R) = Reversal
1 ASPERGILLUMS – ASPER = Rough GUMS = Old Eucalypts with ILL diseased inside.
10 CORTILE TIL inside CORE
12 HUIS I (one) inside HUS(H) [almost complete silence]
13 DIELDRIN IN RIDDLE (*)
14 AREG hidden answer
15 MARONS MS – writing with A R ON [Australian river "concerning"] inside – Marons are similar to yabbies, little crayfish beloved of the TV show I’m A Celebrity, Rescue my Career”
18 TALOOKA “Office” in this clue refers to a slang word for the toilet hence LOO inside TAKA,
19 SACRISTAN Sneaky clue! A CRISTA = a crest inside SN = tin.
22 EPAENETIC AENE(AS) inside EPIC
24 CHADIAN C + HAD(R)IAN
26 AZRAEL In Jewish and Islamic lore, the Angel of Death. LAZARE(T)*
29 MOKI OK inside MI [middle of PEMMICAN].
30 RETINOID Compound anagram A VALET + RETINOID = TREATED A VIOLIN. A signature Azed clue.
31 BUMF UM [bits of unsolicited mail] inside BF [brought forward].
32 OVERLAY LOVER with first letter moved to last + AY
33 REDESCENDING SCREED* + ENDING
2 SOUR GAS SO + SUGAR*
3 PRIES Homophone of Prize
4 RIDE Hidden reversal
5 GLINTS (BRATLINGS minus BRA )*
6 LA LA LAND LALAN(G) inside LAD
7 LADRONES EARN O LSD*
8 UNROOST ORNIS OUT less I*
9 MAIN Dbl def
10 CHAISE CART CHAI + TRACES (R)
11 UNSANCTIFY CT + IF [supposition] inside NUN SAY*
16 FREDAINE RED + A inside FINE
17 RIPIENOS Tutti (as in an orchestra) = def. RIP + NOISE*
20 CHARTED EARTH* inside CD
21 MILKMAN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLKaLvrtn-8 – it’s 37 years old!
23 ENDIVE END + I’VE
25 MOULI OIL + MU*
27 ZEZE Z inside ZEE (A bar of metal shaped like a Z)
28 EDEN (SW)EDEN