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Azed 1909: The Frogs and The Birds

Posted by jetdoc on January 4th, 2009


Better late than never, I hope. This was an Azed I could not have done without a dictionary, with several words I didn’t know, and a few unusual senses; but that’s the fun of Azed puzzles.

Fave clue this week? Definitely 21d.

1 SHEEPO HE in *(pose). In Australia and NZ, a farm worker who drives sheep into pens for shearing.
6 LAPDOG A = one; PD = paid; in LOG = record.
12 CONFAB *(F Bacon).
13 SNEERY SNEE = cut (obsolete = discontinued); RY = railway.
14 RUFF Triple definition — (i) pitch or height of exaltation; elation; excitement; (ii) applaud (Scot); (iii) the pope, a small freshwater fish of the perch family, with one dorsal fin.
15 VORANT V = opposed to; ORANT = a worshipping figure in ancient Greek and early Christian art. In heraldry, vorant is ‘devouring’.
16 STURNIDAE *(ideas); about TURN. ‘Stares’ is an old form of starlings, and Sturnidae are the starling family.
17 BANDORA ‘B and ora’. Bora is a strong NE wind in the upper Adriatic.
20 EURONET ONE = unit; in TRUE, reversed. An information network (probably rather outdated) linking various European databanks.
23 PATAMAR PA = dad; TAMAR = The River Tamar, which forms most of the border between Devon and Cornwall.
27 SENSATE SEN = a monetary unit of Japan, 1/100 of a yen; SATE = stuff, in the sense of ‘overfeed’.
28 AVOPARCIN *(copra) in A VIN. An antibiotic, formerly used to promote growth in farm animals, but banned by the European Union in 1997 as being possibly responsible, through the food chain, for human resistance to the chemically similar antibiotic vancomycin.
30 POULPE POULE = a hen, esp a chicken for boiling; P = soft.
31 DIXI ‘I have spoken’ in Latin. Dixie is a nickname for the Southern United States.
32 LIVE-IN LI = fifty-one; VEIN = a mood or humour.
33 PARVIS V in PARIS. An enclosed space, or sometimes a portico, at the front of a church; a room over a church porch
34 EXEDRA Hidden in ‘annexe (draughty)
35 TEWELS SLEET, reversed; about W = start of winter. An old (‘not in use’) word for chimneys.
1 SCRUB UP S = special; CUP = vessel; with RUB = polish, in. To scrub up is to wash the hands and arms thoroughly before performing or assisting at surgery.
2 HOUR ‘Route march‘ is an anagram (indicated by ‘knackered’) of ‘car met hour’. It can mean ‘an hour’s journey, or (old) three miles’.
3 ENFANT TROUVÉ *(Fervent aunt O). Literally, a ‘found child’.
4 PANTOUM Panto (e.g. Cinderella); UM = ‘I don’t know what to say’. A repetitive verse form, originally Malay, with quatrains rhyming ab ab, bc bc, etc, returning to rhyme a at the end.
5 OBDURE *(Our deb). To make or become obdurate. I’m not sure how ‘on the shelf’ fits in.
7 ANONA O = ring; in ANNA, a former currency unit of India, worth 12 pies. Anona, or annona is a tropical genus of dicotyledons, including custard apple, sweet-sop, and other edible fruits, giving its name to the family Anonaceae, related to the magnolias.
8 PERIDOT DIRE = black; in TOP = crown; all inverted. Peridot is a green olivine, used in jewellery.
9 DEAD AND ALIVE *(evaded); AN DALI (Salvador Dalí, a Spanish surrealist artist). Dull, inactive.
10 ORNAMENT *(Torn); about NAME.
11 GYTES G = good; YES = indeed; T = time. Scottish word meaning ‘child’.
18 ABAT-VOIX *(a box I); with A TV in.
19 SAMPLED A MP (sitter); in SLED = to convey by sled, so ‘drag’.
21 RANIDAE RAN = followed; *(idea in). Ranidae is the frog family. The Frogs is a play by Aristophanes; it won the unique distinction of a repeat performance at the City Dionysia in Athens a few weeks after its first performance.
22 TREVISS VI = six; TRESS = long lock of hair. A stall partition; a stall.
24 RECEPT *(spectre). An image or idea formed by repeated similar perceptions.
25 MAPLE Presumably, an anagram of more than half of the letters in ‘date palm’; I’m not convinced, though.
26 TAPIR TAP = an Indian malarial fever; IR = iron (hard), minus ON. Tapirs are odd-toed ungulates.
29 AXIL AIL = sickliness (it can be a noun); X = times. The upper angle between leaf and stem or branch and trunk.

4 Responses to “Azed 1909: The Frogs and The Birds”

  1. bridgesong says:

    Thanks for the blog, Jetdoc. Very informative as always. I agree with you about 5 and 25 down.

    For those struggling with today’s competition puzzle, there is an unfortunate typographical error in the pdf, although the interactive version is correct, as apparently is the version published in The Observer. The clue for 23 down is given as the clue for 22 down, and that clue has been omitted. DFM spotted the error by 7.04 this morning, when he posted a message on the Crossword Centre message board. Does the man never sleep?

  2. Geoff Moss says:

    I read 5d as: if the deb, having ‘come out’, were to be ‘left on the shelf’ (ie remain unmarried) she could well become hard-hearted (obdurate).

  3. Richard Heald says:

    ‘On the shelf’ in 5 Dn I think indicates the obsoleteness of OBDURE. And I think you’re right about 25 Dn, Jane, although it seems to go against Azed’s usual policy as regards ‘bit of’ etc of selecting letters from the front of words unless otherwise indicated.

  4. Andrew says:

    I also agree about 25dn, but it seems very un-Azedian to me, made worse somehow by having the two separate words. At least the “more than half” is counted from one end of a word, in contrast to Araucaria’s “Portion of Genoese zabaglione cooked by crook (9)” in yesterday’s Guardian prize puzzle…

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