Posted by bridgesong on June 1st, 2008
Solving time: longer than I care to admit, but see 16 across. I completed about three quarters of the puzzle in an hour, but the northeast quadrant proved to be stubborn. This is my first blog, so apologies for any formatting errors.
1 SPLENITIS – SPLIT SPINE* – a simple anagram to start off.
7 UMP – an umpire deals with appeals; not sure about the wordplay but as 3 letter
words are all checked in Azed grids, it doesn’t matter too much.
11 AGACERIE – to be found in Chambers under AGACANT. The construction appears to be
ACE RI in AGE, with ACE meaning one.
12 FECULA – anagram of CAREFUL, minus the R.
13 ILIAC, from ILIACUS, which is a muscle. I thought at first that Trojan might imply
a hidden clue, but it turned out to be the definition.
14 TRIDACNA – a simple anagram for an obscure word.
15 TOPI – well, top means head, but I can’t explain the I. A topi is an antelope.
16 KINSALE – the last clue I solved, and I wasted a lot of time on it before Google
provided the answer. It’s apparently a town in Ireland popular with sailors. I
felt that we should have been warned that there was a place name not to be found in
18 BIGENERIC – BIG EN (a measure) ERIC (a blood-fine).
22 PAIRHORSE – an anagram of A SHOP, RiveR, IE. It means a carriage drawn by a span,
which is a pair of horses.
23 MUTANDA – AN in DATUM*
26 KNAR – it means a knot in wood, (so does KNAG) but is also RANK reversed.
27 DRAPIERS – the clue makes sense when you discover that one of the meanings of TUCK
29 LAITY – IT in LAY(which can mean to plan).
30 PINYIN – PINY (like a conifer) + IN (popular). It’s defined as an alphabetic system
for the transcription of Chinese, esp. Mandarin.
31 OMNIVORE – another simple anagram.
32 RIG – another 3 letter word, which I solved before reading the clue, as a result of
the checking letters! It’s RIG(ID), using the fourth of five definitions of RIG in
33 CANDLE-END – a beautifully misleading surface reading. LEADEN* in CND. SERGE is
a variant of CERGE.
1 SOFT-TOP – OFT in STOP. Note that SOFT TOP is shown as the noun, but the
adjectival form is hyphenated, which is why it is shown as one word in the clue.
2 PLEROMA – anagram of RO(OM) + AMPLE.
3 LOCI – hidden in BelLOC Incunabula. A locus can be a passage as well as a place.
4 NALAS – N is final bit of IRRIGATION, + ALAS. We had NALAS (in a slightly different
form) in 1876 a couple of weeks ago.
5 TAWNIER – AWN (a beard of barley) in TIER.
6 SELFSEEKING – ELF in S(tephen) KING.
7 URINARY – YOUR RAIN* less the O.
8 MIAUL – I in MAUL. A variant of MIAOW, I suppose.
9 PECKE – c in PEKE. A Shakespearean spelling of PECK, in its third meaning.
10 HUDIBRASTIC – from Hudibras, by Samuel Butler.
17 TITLING – TIT is of course a bird, and LING a fish. I wasn’t happy with “requiring”
which seemed to suggest a slightly different meaning.
19 GODROON – GO ON round ROD*. It’s a variant of GADROON, and is defined as an
embossed decoration on silverware.
20 ICARIAN – well hidden in supersonIC ARIANe. The reference is to Icarus, whose waxen
wings melted when he flew too near the sun.
21 CORSNED – S in CORNED. A very old word, relating to trial by ordeal.
23 MILOR – OIL* in MR.
24 UMAMI – hidden (reversed) in “raviolI MA MUcked”.
25 SPIEL – I in (GO)SPEL.
28 EYNE – Y (the ultimate letter in heresy) in EYE; it’s an old spelling of EYES.