Posted by tilsit on February 13th, 2009
Apologies for the delay. i had been waiting for someone to put me wise on formatting, but I haven’t heard anything back.
This was quite a tough challenge and took me about four hours over a couple of days to crack. Letters Latent is one of the more elegant devices used in advanced cryptics and this was no exception. I have some queries about a couple of solutions, especially 12 across, and would welcome your comments.
Each clue comprises a definition and the subsidary indications lead to the answer with a letter removed wherever it occurs in the solution. The missing letters usually spell a quotation when taken in order.
For example, in 1 across, the definition leads to “TITTLE TATTLING” but the subsidiaries lead to ILEALING.
In this puzzle the latent letters spell out a quotation from Coventry Patmore, which is not a British handball team, but an eminent author and poet. It is from his poem Saint Valentine’s Day and can be found here:-http://tinyurl.com/cpatmore.
THY SOLEMN FEAST TO HOLD IN VESTAL FEBRUARY
“Vestal” was the word for the monthly clue-writing contest. The quote was tough to find and verify, as Azed had told us it was only in ODQ2. I found TH*SOLEMN fairly easily and kept googling “THE SOLEMN” to no avail – rather stupidly as I had worked out that 10 across was EAGLE RAY and entered “AGLERAYS” incorrectly! Eventually I saw VESTAL FEBRUARY and googled with those words and got the quote.
With apologies for the formatting, here we go!
Grid entry comes first, with the complete answer following in brackets.
1 ILEALING (TITTLETATTLING) I + LEAL (old-fashioned word for true) + anag of GIN
7 TOLE (THOLE) LOT (rev) + E
10 EAGLERAS (EAGLERAYS) Anag of LARGE in anag of SEA
11 ORORIE (SORORISE) R (for Rule) inside OORIE (Scots word for dreary)
12 NESIT (NESIOT) ??? This clue confused me – Indonesian is surely the definition, not old taken from it gives NESIT but I can’t find a word which in effect is an anagram of NESIOT meaning fit. I wondered if Azed was clueing NOESIS. Can anyone else help?
14 OADSTONE (LOADSTONE) D (Died) inside OAST + ONE
16 DVST (DEVEST) S (Shakespeare’s leading character) inside DVT – Having been the victim of one, I thought that a DVT (Deep Veined Thrombosis) was a clot rather than the “cause of a clot”.
17 CALER (CALMER) Hidden answer “tropical erica”.
19 TABERACLED (TABERNACLED) CARE reversed inside TABLED
21 SCARJOINTS (SCARF JOINTS) JOINT (Spliff) inside SCARS
23 TANNR (TANNER) NN (Names) inside TAR (Jack) – HIDES HIS BUSINESS (definition of TANNER) Great clue.
26 VEST (AVESTA) The AVESTA are the holy scripturesof the Zoroastrians. VEST ca mean to secure legally as in a charge.
28 ADROITNE (ADROITNESS) Anagram of RODENTIA
30 REAIL (RETAIL) E (energy) inside RAIL
31 PREFEC (PREFECT) REF inside PEC
32 SECTRISE (SECTORISE) IS inside anagram of SECRET
33 SAKE (SHAKE) Nice concise clue with double definition.
34 MNGDDESS (MOON GODDESS) NG (No Good) + DD (Theologian “Doctor of Divinity”) inside MESS
1 IBOOD (ILL BLOOD) Clever clue. Azed is telling you that the answer should reflect the indication, s here I VOIC’D = I BOO’D.
2 LORAVOCATE (LORD ADVOCATES) Anagram of ACE VIOLATOR less I.
3 EXODST (EXODIST) X (unknown) OD (Overdose) inside EST (is from France).
4 AIRS (AIRNS) Double definition – AIRNS = Scots word for Iron(s).
5 LEITY (LEVITY) Hidden answer “Title it yes”
6 NGINDRVR (ENGINE DRIVER) Anagram of RIDING inside NV (Nevada) + R
7 TEERACT (TESSERACT) EER (always) inside TACT
8 ORSEL (TORSEL) Anagram of ROLES
9 ESTWRDS (EASTWARDS) TW (Pair, mostly) inside anagram of DRESS
13 IFEESSNESS (LIFELESSNESS) Anagram of FEES inside anagram of SESSION minus O
15 OREORDAIN (FOREORDAIN) RE inside anagram of ON RADIO
18 OSTLRSS (OSTLERESS) LR (Both hands) + S (start to shake) inside anag of TOSS
20 ARNAITE (BARNABITE) AN reversed inside A RITE
22 SETFEE (SET FREE) Reverse of EFT inside SEE (meaning to judge)
24 NTACK (UNTACK) Another amusing clue – Reverse of CAT inside NK (middle of blankets)
25 DORED (ADORED) DO + RED
27 TECES (TERCES) E inside reverse of SECT
29 IELD (YIELD) Anagram of DELI
And so, the sun sets on another entertaining Azed solve. See you in six/seven weeks!