# Fifteensquared

## Azed 1879

Posted by Colin Blackburn on June 8th, 2008

It’s a competition Azed this week. For me this means one less answer to explain! I solved this crossword very quickly for a competition puzzle, I usually find them a little tougher than average. There are three hidden clues, an initialisation and some simple anagrams to get the beginner started. There is still a fair few unusual words and clever word play to test the solver. I completed this blog after I had solved the puzzle but without access to a dictionary, so I may not have inserted hyphens in some of the answers.

While you are reading this blog I’ll be somewhere in the hills around Glenfinnan (near Fort William) taking part in the second day of the Lowe Alpine Mountain Marathon so you’ll have to forgive me if I don’t respond to comments until sometime on Monday.

Ignore the above comment. I have just returned to discover that my time-delayed publishing of this blog failed, so here is is now!

* = anagram
< = reversal
dd = double definition

Across
5 PELTAST PELT+AS+T this was the last clue I got. I just didn’t think of PELT as a ‘shower of missiles’. ‘Troy’ refers to the weight and hence its abbreviation T.
12 OIL OF VITRIOL OLIO< + (FRIVOL+IT)* OLIO is a variety, I thought I knew it from the simple but delicious pasta dish ‘aglio e olio’ but according to a quick check that olio means oil. Hmm.
13 ORION (NO+I+RO)< ORION is the belted warrior, a mythical figure giving his name to a constellation. The cricketing surface here is wonderful, hiding the split between word play and definition in the term ‘reverse sweep’. A reverse sweep in the hands of a good batsman is a delight, in the hands of a tail-ender it can look like a bit of a chance hack.
14 WINNA INN in WA(it) one of Chambers’ many Scottish words, WINNA is a contraction of ‘will not’.
15 BONBON NB in BOON
16 TWOBIT W in TOBIT TOBIT is one of the apocryphal books left out of the bible as we know it.
17 BEGOTTEN B+EGO + NETT<
18 ASSOT ASS+O+T the famous model is of course the Ford Model T, here he extended definition of T makes an excellent surface.
19 RENNES dd
21 NARKED DARKEN ends swapped either answer would fit until I had 17d.
24 CECUM niCECUMmerbund the US spelling of caecum. I have blogged this answer a couple of times for other puzzles and both of those were homophones (seek ’em and Secombe). It looks like a horrible word for a charade so hiding it is one of the limited possibilities.
28 MEA CULPA (MAP A CLUE)*
30 SCROWS W in CROSS*
32 URINE I in JOURNEY – JOY excellent definition ‘we all pass this’ and great surface.
33 DINAH I in HAND< ref. DINAH Sheridan.
34 PASSE-MEASURE PA + (ME in SEASURE) a dance apparently. Bradford’s helped here.
35 THERETO HER+E in TOT*
Down
1 DOOB initials &lit a grass, grasses bind sand dunes.
2 TIROES (TO+R+IE)* + S
3 FLINGS dd
4 BOOBOOK BOOBOO+K a BOO-BOO is a cock-up and K is the velocity constant in chemistry. I’m a physicist, I had to check.
6 EVENTIDE HOME EVENT + HE< in I+DOME clever word play but a weird term for sheltered housing for the elderly. This comes on the back of a week of programmes on Radio 4 looking at care homes, coincidentally.
7 LITTER BASKET the straight def
8 ARIOT IO in ART
9 SIN BIN NIBS* + IN
10 TONITE tnTONITExplodes
11 PLATYSMA PLATY + SAM* a PLATY is a central American fish.
17 BANKRUPT (KT RAN PUB)* the unconvincing surface here and the use of Kt in the clue made the anagram very obvious. Still, it helped with 21a.
20 NEURISM MURINES*
22 ARARAT ARAR+AT excellent surface again with ‘famous anchorage’ being Mount ARARAT.
23 RUDISH R+UDI+S(mit)H the clue of the puzzle for me. Ian Smith declaring UDI in Rhodesia ultimately led to what is now Zimbabwe.
25 CLONUS CL(aim) + ONUS second clever subtraction, see 32a.
26 UPWARD WAR in PUD*
27 RINSE porkeRINSEason final of the three hidden clues.
31 SHEN SHE+N a simple one to finish off even if I’ve never heard of the therapy.

### 3 Responses to “Azed 1879”

1. Wil Ransome says:

16ac: TWOBIT

The clue is “Cheap US book, apocryphal, about Washington”. I can see no way round Washington = W. Yet in Chambers Washington = WA only, so far as I can see. ??

2. dorsetjimbo says:

I agree with you. I’ve looked everywhere I can think of and it’s WA for Washington. Jimbo.

3. Colin Blackburn says:

When I did the puzzle I wrote the answer in without checking the W. AZED may have made a mistake is W isn’t in Chambers (I am dictionaryless at the moment.)

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