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Azed 1880: Prime time

Posted by Andrew on June 15th, 2008

Andrew.

Another fairly straightforward Azed puzzle for my first official blog, with some easy hidden answers and anagrams to get started on. The grid is slightly unusual, with 38 words in it rather than the usual 36.

Key:
dd = double definition
* = anagram
< = reversal

Across
1 JIMJAMS dd Chambers lists both meanings under the same heading, with “origin unknown”, though it seems obvious that the “pyjamas” meaning is an example of hypocorism.
6 SCRAP CRAPS with S moved to the front
10 POUPT UP in POT I had to look up “cozen” and found that it means to cheat, and possibly comes from the idea of falsely claiming kinship (cf “cousin”).
12 INEARTH (THE RAIN)*
13 EUSCARA ca(UCAS*)us in ERA As the note says, this spelling is only (“perversely”) given in Chambers under BASQUE. The alternative spelling EUSKARA is shown under EUSKARIAN: the fourth letter is unchecked, so either version would fit, but presumably Azed chose the spelling with C for its better clueing potential. I’ve also just noticed that EUSKARA is (presumably) mis-spelled as ESKUARA under the “Basque” heading. The Basque language is notable for being an “isolate”, i.e. not linguistically related to any other known languages,
14 PLATO PLATOON less ON (=”about”)
18 GALANTAMINE (MANIA TANGLE)* &lit Perhaps a slightly tasteless clue for this word – a drug used to treat dementia – but the &lit must have been irresistible.
19 LORING RI in LONG A Spenserian derivation from LORE.
20 FLASER L in FEARS* L is apparently used as a symbol for angular momentum in physics; a new one on me (or possibly long-forgotten).
21 LAISSE hidden
24 BONSAI “Bonne sigh” Nicely misleading use of “stunt”.
27 SYNTACTICAL TACT in (SLY I CAN)*
31 RAYNE (A ENRY)*
32 BRINIER IN in BRIER I had to smile when the penny dropped for this one – I’d been trying to find synonyms of “staler”, but was thinking of the wrong kind of “fresh”.
33 TROELIE (TREE OIL)* Cleverly disguising an implicit “that” between Palm tree
34 SINAI Hidden in “asIAN ISland”< The Sinai peninsula is between the Gulfs of Suez and Aqaba.
35 SANDY dd
36 BETIGHT BE TIGHT Spenserian past participle of BETIDE. To “be tight” is a now rather old-fashioned expression for “to have drunk far too much”, though I’m not sure about the “far” – surely “drunk too much” would be enough. Chambers just has “intoxicated”. I think being tight is probably worse than “tiddly” but not as bad as “blotto”.
Down
1 J-PEN JP E N JP = Justice of the Peace.
2 MUSCARINE SCARIN(g) in EMU*
3 ATAMAN A TAM AN AN is apparently a form of “on”.
4 MIRIN Hidden
5 SNAB First letters &lit A variety of SNOB – I think this could have done with a question mark, as surely not all snobs are characterised by their shoes.
6 SEPTAL PLATES* A “sept” is a clan (cf “sect”)
7 CALAMANCO A MAN replaces I in CALICO
8 ATTONE (E TANTO)* The Italian phrase means something like “[he] is so upset”: turbato is the anagrind.
9 PHONER-IN HONER in PIN Once upon a time, people had to write in with their comments for “Any Answers”. I don’t think the quality of the debate was greatly improved by the change to a phone-in (and more recently the addition of email)
11 OUTGO TUG* in OO In cricket, a batsman gets a “pair” by scoring 0 in both innings.
15 GLISTENED LISTEN in GED Yes, a ged is a pike, though the fact that it’s a dialect word isn’t mentioned in the clue.
16 MISSAYING MISS (GAY IN)*
17 ALLSORTS L LSO in ARTS There are two Ls for London in the answer, though only one is clued directly. Misleading but completely sound, I think.
22 AYMARA ARMY* in A A
23 SAMELY MEAL* replaces inside of SeminarY
25 OIKIST OIK IS (birthrigh)T Can also be spelt “oecist”. From the Greek “oikos” , meaning “house”, which is also the source of “ecology” and “economy”.
26 ALDEA D in A LEA
28 THREE HR (abbrev of HOUR) in TEE(vee) Three is a prime number.
29 ABIB A BIB. Abib is the former name of a month in the Hebrew calendar, called Nisan since the days of the Babylonian captivity.
30 BRIT R in BIT A young herring or sprat; happily no mention of the horrible “brit”=”British person”.

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