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Azed 1876/Plain sailing

Posted by ilancaron on May 18th, 2008

ilancaron.

When I’ve finished writing this blog up, I’m going to count how many Scots terms there were in clues and answers — seemed like a lot but in any event this is going to be my baseline Azed Scots/English ratio from now on, and I’ll be reporting how each future puzzle rates. Actually not that many upon recount. Only 5. Perhaps I should add in non-UK terms (e.g. from S. Africa, Australia and America as well…)?

Across

1 FEE(DLO)T – old* in FEET.
6 SAROS – reverse hidden in “groupS, OR A Solo”. And it’s a Babylonian astronomical cycle — rather long (3600 years).
10 FIELDCRAFT – (Cliff rated)*
11 R,ON,C,A,DOR=rod* – it’s a fish (of the maigre family if that helps). Oh, obligatory cricket ref: ON is the “leg” side (as opposed to OFF which isn’t…).
13 DUCK – Seems like “I’ll join others in paddling” is there to disambiguate from the other option: DUNK since the N is unchecked. Other interpretations?
14 FUSTET – wouldn’t you know that if you take the alternate letters of “fouls street” you get… anyway, FUSTET is a type of sumach (a bushy tree kind of thingy…).
15 OR(VIE)TO – ref. the Italian wine (thus vino) and VIE (archaic “stake”) in root*.
17 NAUNT – it’s archaic Aunt according to C, thus “family member once”. Not sure about rest: “cutting on film-star Wayne”.
20 EAT=tea,ERIE – ref. Lake ERIE.
22 LEG,HORN – it’s a type of “straw hat” — and we have “on” being the LEG side again.
24 A,RIEN – French “has” is A (3rd person singular) and RIEN is nothing thus “love”. And ARIEN is ref. Aries the zodiac sign.
25 AUBADES – (USA abed). The dawn chorus.
28 F(INN)AC – INN in FAC[e] which is also “effrontery”. And FINNAC is a young sea trout.
30 R[ac]E,T[ens]E, first/last letter pairs of “race, tense”. It’s a neural network.
32 NULLANULLA – it’s an Aboriginal club and oddly enough NULLA (as nala) for gully shows up elsewhere as well (29D).
33 D(W)AAL – W (for wicket) in A,LAD. It’s S. African for a ‘state of inattention’ (during which presumably you might miss a catch).
34 ESSEN,CE – turns out also a rather fine kind of Tokay wine.

Down

1 FORD,O – to “exhaust”.
2 ETOUDER=rerouted*,IE – from the French: “heedlessness or stupid blundering.”
3 DICKIE=”dicky” – “the driver’s seat in a carriage”.
4 LEAVE – hidden in “battLE AVErted”.
5 OLDSTER – (strol[l]er)* – exactly one L removed from “stroller”.
6 SCR(UNT)Y – nut * IN SCRY: 4 Scots terms in a single clue: SCRY for “practice crystal-gazing” (thus, observe), “unco” Scots superlative, SCRUNTY for stunted (Scots) meaning wanthriven, which is Scots for… stunted.
7 [h]ARMS – I suppose the def is “soldiering” as in an arm of the military — and “is ‘urting” is ‘arms.
8 R(APT,URE)D – APT=suitable and URE=archaic practice in RD.
9 ST,UTTER – I assume that ST is abbrev(stumped) (from cricket perhaps?) and it’s in the COD which I haven’t checked. Nice cricket surface though it must be said. Though unfortunately no mention of on or leg.
12 VENICE TALC – a type of soapstone: NICE in (lav etc)*
16 V(AGINUL)A – (A Luing)* in V,A[cre]. Hmm… interesting association of moss and vagina which I refuse to point out much less mention.
18 PLAFOND – rev(Fal) in POND. Turns out PLAFOND a term for an old version of the card game Bridge.
19 GO,NADA,L – while we’re on the subject of vaginas, might as well bring in the gonads as well. Spanish “nothing” is NADA.
21 AN,UR(O)US – didn’t know what ANUROUS nor acaudate meant until I looked them up: taillless. And URUS is an extinct wild ox.
23 WARLSE – (re laws)* — Scots wrestle which presumably is done at the Highland Games (along with eating hammers and throwing haggis).
26 BU(RL)S – R[ugby] L[eague] in BUS (coach) and turns out its an Australian term for “attempt, shot”, thus a go so the definition is “goes”.
27 SENTE – hidden in “preSENT Elections”: coin in Lesotho. However, not sure what role “inevitable” plays in: “Some change in Lesotho inevitable in present elections”.
29 NALA=rev(Alan) – ref. Alan Partridge – and NALA is a NULLA which we already know is a gully or stream.

4 Responses to “Azed 1876/Plain sailing”

  1. Matthew Auger says:

    I’m pretty sure that 17 across is referring to the actor ‘Naunton Wayne’.

  2. Andrew says:

    Yes, definitely Naunton Wayne in 17ac.

    Like Ilan, I couldn’t make much sense of 13ac – I put in DUCK as the most likely answer but I’m sure there must be more to the clue than I’m seeing.

    9dn – ST is indeed Stumped. I think “get out” is cunningly part of the definition.

    In 1dn, “old” seems to be doing double duty: FORDO is marked as ‘archaic’ in Chambers, and Azed is usually scrupulous in indicating such things (and sometimes mentions it in the Slip).

  3. Andrew says:

    Come to think of it, Naunton Wayne could almost be another cricketing reference, as he was famous for playing the part of the cricket-obsessed Caldicott, alongside Basil Radford as Charters, in Hitchcock’s “The Lady Vanishes” and several subsequent films.

  4. roland says:

    Naunton Wayne??????? I have so much to learn…

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