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Azed 1867

Posted by Colin Blackburn on March 15th, 2008

Colin Blackburn.

An enjoyable crossword romp taking in a nice mix of the obscure, the ordinary and the Latin. There are a couple of answers I’m not certain about and one clue, 35, that seems to have an error in it, though it might be my parsing. Oh, and there were a lot of Us in the grid!


1 ADDER’S-TONGUE ADDER + (ONE GUST)* summer = ADDER is a bit of a crossword cliche but here it’s used to very good effect in the surface.
10 SURCULUS CRU< in SULUS I’d not come across the suckers or the sarongs before. Not sure about the surface of ths one.
12 CRUX CR+UX UX is an abbreviation of uxor, Latin for wife.
13 DINGLE wooD IN GLEbeland very nice surface, but glebe land, the land attached to a parish church, is definitely two words in Chambers. I assume the one word form can be justified elsewhere as it is needed for the clue to be sound.
15 PROTEGEE P+ROTE+GEE GEE is to ‘move on’, as in a horse.
16 LIE-IN LIE IN ref LIE IN STATE, ie ths does duty for the answer.
17 WHEAR HE in WAR WHEAR is an old form of ‘where’, is that a “‘Dead’ relative”? Is this a grammatical reference? I note that ‘relative’ has a grammatical meaning but my knowledge of grammar is too limited to pick out the thread from Chambers.
18 DEUS DET D + ETUDES* D = Deutsch, the catalogue numbers of Franz Schubert’s works. Lovely clue.
20 CORD “cored”
21 TAPU lenT A PUkeko TAPU is maori for taboo. The surface here is excellent, a pukeko is a New Zealand wading bird.
25 DOLLY dd One definition is a tray of complimentary sweets. I think the other definition is to the tool for holding a rivet for hammering.
27 BEANS dd There green and black BEANS. Also, both PEANUTS and BEANS are slang for very little money. At least I tink that’s it.
31 RANTER ANTE in RR a RANTER is a “blood and thunder” primitive methodist preacher.
32 ROUL O in RUL(e)
33 PLENARTY LE+N in PARTY new word for me but related to ‘plenary’, It’s definied as, ‘a state of benefice when occupied’
35 PAINTED GRASS I in (GARDEN STRAPS)* Unless I’m reading this clue incorrectly I think there is an extra R in the anagram fodder. The clue is, “Gardeners’ garters, form of garden straps I’ll be in (12, 2 words)”
2 DURRIE (c)RI(b) in DURE DURE = to last, cf ‘duration’.
3 DRUSE DR(ill) + USE ill = badly.
6 TUDOR UDO in TR(ansept) UDO is an ivy, while TUDOR as an architectural syle is Late Perpendicular.
9 UPLEAD (A DUPLE)r an UPLEAD is a cable going upwards. The rotation h
10 SCULDUDDRY SCUL+DUD+DRY SCUL is an old word for school, the answer is Scottish, hence Burnsian.
14 CISPLATIN (IN PLASTIC)* a drug used to treat cancers.
21 TORANA TO RANA RANA is an Indian prince so ‘local’ here refers us back to the first use of Indian in the clue.
22 A L’ENVI VENIAL* straightforward anagram but excellent three-letter word. The type of enumeration offered by Azed made it seem impossible on first reading.
26 MERLE L in MERE I haven’t yet equated MERE to ‘antiquated outfit?’
28 AGORA comp. anag. &lit the long dash represents the word in the answer. So, (GRECIAN LOCALE)* = AGORA L-LICENCE. The whole clue serves as a definition.
30 YANG NAY< + G

5 Responses to “Azed 1867”

  1. Richard Heald says:

    26D is GERLE, I think.

    Your interpretation of 17A is right, I’d say, with the definition for WHEAR referring to its status as a relative pronoun – an unusual ploy, certainly, but in my view not an unfair one, owing to the relative scarcity of such words.

    And the anagram at 35A does indeed feature a bonus R, which seems to be becoming something of an Azed trademark.

  2. Colin Blackburn says:

    Richard, many thanks for putting my mind at rest over WHEAR and for GERLE. I got too hung up over MERLE and didn’t think that there might be another ?ERLE word! Good job it wasn’t a competition puzzle.

  3. mhl says:

    I think the second definition of DOLLY (“It’s hard to miss”) refers to an easy shot in golf (or any sport) – in Chambers one of the definitions is “a slow-moving target that is easy to hit”.

  4. roland says:

    This week’s Azed (1868)is the hardest I have yet done….. please don’t record it on the site with the customary “this took me 75 minutes”- some of us may be heartbroken to hear such things.

  5. Richard Heald says:

    Agree with you entirely about this Sunday’s puzzle, Roland – I found it very heavy going. Matters weren’t helped by one answer having a faulty definition, another being a proper name I’d never heard of, and an indirect anagram that must be among the most contentious ever seen in an Azed puzzle.

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