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Azed 1894 – all mixed up

Posted by bridgesong on September 21st, 2008

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I must confess that my heart sank when I saw the special instructions for this puzzle, but in the end it turned out to be only a little more difficult than usual. For those that didn’t see it, the difference was that in the across clues the definition led to the answer to be entered in the grid, and the cryptic part led to an anagram or reversal of the answer. The down clues were the other way round. This obviously made the puzzle more difficult. However, one obvious defect of this format of puzzle is that it doesn’t matter whether in fact you correctly obtain the anagrams of the answers, although I have shown them in the blog (in brackets) for completeness’s sake. In the circumstances, I haven’t said much about the wordplay in the across clues, where it leads only to an anagram of the answer.

Solving time : about a day and a half

ACROSS

1 CADGE (CAGED)
5 FORENSIC (CONIFERS) I simply don’t understand the definition here. There’s nothing in Chambers to justify the reference to “lord’s superior”
11 OCELLAR (CORELLA)
12 ELAPSE (ASLEEP)
14 TIER (RITE)
15 ACHY (CHAY)
16 YODEL (ODYLE)
17 SAULT I must confess that I failed to grasp the wordplay here, so can’t offer a reasoned suggestion for the anagram. Any suggestions?
18 IDEA (AIDE)
19 BLEAR (BALER)
21 ALCAIC STROPHE (SOCIAL CHAPTER)
24 TERNE (ENTER)
26 OTIC (CITO) Note that this is a reversal, not an anagram, so you won’t find the word in Chambers. I thought that “listener” was a pretty poor definition of “otic”, which is an adjective, not a noun
30 CRISE (SERIC)
32 ARGOT (GROAT)
33 SHAH (HASH)
34 SIRI (IRIS)
35 EATCHE (?HECATE) I interpret the wordplay to mean ace=one, which is reversed inside an anagram of “the”, but there could be other suggestions
36 TOUSING (OUTINGS)
37 RESTORER (RETRORSE)
38 TENSE (STEEN)

DOWN

1 CONYCATCHER (TECHNOCRACY) CON + CATCH in RYE*
2 ACTOR (CROAT) C in A TOR
3 DEIDS (SIDED) DIED (rev) on (Parnassu)S
4 GLEEMAN (MELANGE) ME (rev) in GLEAN
5 FAARD (FARAD) A in FARD
6 ORCHESTRATE (?) OR + CHEST + RATE. I haven’t been able to identify the type of rich chocolate cake to be formed from an anagram of “orchestrate” – although I do know that cart horse is an anagram of orchestra
7 REHEAT (HEREAT) HER(rev) on EAT
8 NAPA (PAAN) NAP + A(fternoon). The spelling paan is found only under the third meaning of pan in Chambers
9 SPRUE (SUPER) SP = sine prole, although it can also mean single parent
10 CENTRE STAGE (SECRET AGENT) A lovely anagram
13 SELAH (LEASH) HALES(rev)
20 LOWRISE (LOWRIES) LO + WE around SIR(rev)
22 LERNA (RENAL) RN is the chemical symbol for radon
23 COSHER (CHORES) COHER(E) round S
25 RIOTS (TORSI) Hidden in “chariot superstructure”
27 ICHOR (CHOIR) I + HO in CR
28 AGRIN (GARNI) R in A GIN
29 LOINS (NOILS) IN in SOL(rev)
31 SECT (TECS) C in SET

3 Responses to “Azed 1894 – all mixed up”

  1. John Young says:

    5a is ‘FORINSEC’ rather than ‘FORENSIC’

    12a Tal(l) = Bombastic + U.S. gives ‘TALUS’.

    26a I think the apostrophe in Listener’s is supposed to indicate the adjective. ‘CITO’ is in Chambers!

    35a I also thought it was ‘HECATE’

    6d The chocolate cake is ‘SACHERTORTE’

    20d ‘We have brushes’ seemed a thin definition for ‘LOWRIES’ unless there’s a reference I’m missing

  2. John Young says:

    Re above. I’ve just seen in Chambers that ‘Lowrie’ is a nickname for the fox – hence brushes! I was thinking of L.S.Lowry – different spelling.

  3. bridgesong says:

    John

    Thank you for your comments. I agree that FORINSEC is obviously correct: pure ignorance on my part! Equally I didn’t know about the usage of TALL to mean bombastic: thanks for pointing that out.

    You’re right to point out that CITO is in Chambers; carelessness on my part, I was misled by the fact that it’s not in the OED (the online edition, anyway). I had interpreted the instructions to mean that reversals would not be found in Chambers.

    And thanks again for Sachertorte: I should have remembered that.

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