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Azed 1924: A morass of Morays

Posted by jetdoc on April 19th, 2009

jetdoc.

A pretty easy Azed for Easter. I didn’t time myself, but I reckon I got through this as quickly as I have ever completed an Azed.

No clue particularly stands out, but I think I’ll go for 14d as this week’s fave.

Across
1 MORASS RA = Royal Academician (‘one painting’); in MOSS = a shade of green and a type of rose. Romney, in SE England, is noted for its marsh.
4 SUBMISS ‘bus’ reversed; MISS = girl. An archaic word meaning ‘submissive; subdued, low-toned’.
11 OBECHE Hidden in wardrobe chest. A large W African tree or its whitish wood.
12 PRE-ECHO *(cheer); in PO = chamber [pot]. The unwanted effect of a faint sound anticipating the actual sound on a tape recording, caused by the transfer of material between surfaces of the wound tape.
13 CITRONELLA OIL *(lotion I’ll care). A plant-based insect repellent.
17 SANITATE SATE = stuff; A NIT = an insect’s egg.
18 ABORT ‘Tabor’ with its first letter moved to the end.
19 PLUSH ‘Wit plus H’ becomes ‘with’. Plush is rich material.
20 CORSE CORE = heart; S = a little strangeness. A poetic form of corpse.
22 ABLOW AB = sailor; LOW = humble. A sou’-wester is a wind as well as a form of headgear.
24 HOT-BRAIN H = husband; *(into bar).
28 COUNTEROFFERS *(ortune); in COFFERS.
29 ARIETTA *(a treat I). A little aria or air.
30 SATEEN SA = sex appeal, also known (in some crosswords but no longer by anyone else) as ‘it’; TEEN = teenage. Sateen is a glossy fabric.
31 LEGROOM Franglais companion to ‘la bride’.
32 TRALEE TR = transpose; A LEE = a sheltered place. The Rose of Tralee festival is an international competition which is celebrated among Irish communities all over the world. The festival takes its inspiration from a nineteenth century Irish ballad of the same name about a woman called Mary, who because of her beauty was called ‘The Rose of Tralee’.
Down
1 MOCH MOCH + A (this + one) is ‘mocha’, a dark brown. Misty and humid weather in Scotland.
2 OBITAL OB = old boy; I = in (presumably, because OB isn’t in anything). I’m not sure how ‘short column (single) written up‘ gives TAL. I can’t find a column beginning with ‘lat’. Thanks to Geoff for enlightening me.
3 RETINULA *(tenurial). A cell playing the part of a retina to an ommatidium (a compound eye).
4 SHOG SOG = soak; H = hydrant. Dialect term.
5 SENNACHIE IE = that is; after SENNAC = Cannes turned up. A Highland or Irish genealogist and transmitter of family lore (also seannachie or seannachy).
6 SPECTROGRAM R = take; *(great comp).
7 BELT Triple definition.
8 MEAN-BORN BO = guy (a familiar term of address for a man in the US); *(manner).
9 SHIRR RR = bishop (Right Reverend); following *(his). A puckering or gathering.
10 SOLUTE SO = provided; LUTE = clay, cement or other material used as a protective covering.
14 LIE AT HOST E = English; ATHOS = musketeer; in LIT = French bed. Shakespearean term.
15 DISOWNER IS in DOWNER.
16 MORAY EEL MOREL = fungus; wrapping AYE = one voting for. Moray eels are large cosmopolitan (?) eels of the family Muraenidae.
19 PASCAL A = one; in *(clasp). A derived SI unit, the unit of pressure (symbol Pa), equal to one newton per square metre.
21 SIREE Hidden backwards in ‘queer risotto’.
23 BLORE BORE = one going on tediously; L = reduced pound (Sterling). A violent gust of wind.
25 OTTO ‘Ottoman’ minus ‘man’. A very fragrant essential oil made in Bulgaria and elsewhere, chiefly from the damask rose (also attar).
26 AFAR Rafael Nadal, to his mates, reversed.
27 ESNE Hidden in ‘buckles new’. A domestic slave in Anglo-Saxon times.

8 Responses to “Azed 1924: A morass of Morays”

  1. Jake says:

    A first Azed for me, I managed all but three clues, though I had most of the letters. 8dn, 24ac, and the last letter of 4dn. I think I exercised my brain more on this puzzle that my entire college education.

    I also thought these clues were rather normal, so it puzzled me even more when the answers were easy as I was looking for more obscure words. Oh well.

    Great fun though.

  2. Geoff Moss says:

    jetdoc
    2d lat – in India, an isolated pillar (Chambers)

  3. Jake says:

    Geoff, thanks also for that Indian info Lat, I managed the clue but couldn’t figure it out either.

  4. Jake says:

    Jetdoc, sorry for not saying thanks for the blog and explaining the answers.

    nice one. Ta.

  5. MartinR says:

    Great blog – thanks.

    20a, I had WORSE, don’t ask me why – it must have made sense at the time (perhaps stiff = ‘to cheat’, confused with worst = ‘get the better of’, but the wordplay doesn’t fit). Oh well, try harder next time (today, that is!).

  6. liz says:

    Thanks for the blog. A confidence-booster for me, as I’ve only just started making real headway with Azed. I didn’t get the last letter of 4dn, or 6ac or 10dn. (I had OOLITE for 10dn.) 31ac made me laugh.

  7. Matthew says:

    Thanks for the blog.

    My only complaint about this puzzle is that the clue for 20a suggests the answer should be an old word rather than a poetic one.

  8. bof says:

    6 Coach recalled girl no longer low-toned (7)

    Funny, I solved this as SUB-MISS, i.e. a team coach substituting a player. Though a reversed BUS is better.

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