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Azed 1925: a generous offering

Posted by bridgesong on April 26th, 2009


I found this puzzle even easier than the previous week’s, mainly thanks to the grid. Although there are several words where the initial letter is unchecked, the overall checking is so generous that it would be churlish to complain. There are two four letter words at 16 and 31 across which are fully checked, and seven letter words at 12 and 35 across with only one unchecked letter. I suspect that there is little in the wording of this week’s clues to cause controversy (unlike some recent puzzles) but we shall see. Solving time : about two hours

6 RACIEST CRISTAE*, with a slightly wordy definition
12 NET CORD COT* in NERD, the reference being to tennis
14 BLOOD BLISTER OLD BOB* + LISTER (the famous surgeon)
15 RADLEY LD in YEAR (all rev). Radley is a public school south of Oxford, close to Azed’s home
16 TALE Hidden in poet a l’epoque
17 ONDING The wordplay is PONDING, which could perhaps mean causing a pool, but without the initial letter. ON-DING (the majority of the references in the OED have the hyphen) is a word new to me but still in use in Scotland
18 NAUNT The letters of NUT and AN have been alternated to produce an old word for an aunt
19 COSY COYS with the last two letters reversed. One of the older meanings of the word coy is to caress
20 AD LITEM LAD* + ITEM. A Guardian ad litem is a legal term applying to a person appointed by a court to represent someone in legal proceedings who lacks legal capacity to act for himself, by reason of age or other disability
21 HEROISM IS in HOMER*. “Lives” carries two meanings (and two pronunciations).
25 FUSC Hidden in “some of us complain”. The essayist Lamb seems to be the first (and only?) person to use this spelling of fusk
28 LETCH Double definition
31 TOPI I POT (all rev)
33 GUEBRE BURGEE*. It’s another word for a Parsee
34 THUNDERSTONE UNDER in SHOTTEN*. The reference is to the playwright Robert Bolt, but the use of the obscure word “shotten” makes the anagram easy to spot
35 SPLORES RE in SPLOS(h). Both “jabble” and “splores” are Scottish dialect words
1 EN BROCHETTE ROCHET (an old mantle or cloak) in BENT* + E
3 AT ODDS TO in ADDS. It took me a long time to see the wordplay here. “Near cracking sums” means a word meaning near (“to”) within a word meaning sums (“adds”)
4 E COLI IE (rev) around COL. Note the use of “up” to indicate the reversal of an element of a down clue
5 RODENTICIDES D-DISCRETION* + mic(E). I’m not entirely convinced by this clue, as there’s nothing in it to indicate that the answer is a plural word
7 ADLAND LADA* + ND (= no date). A lovely term for the fantasy world portrayed in television commercials
9 INST INST(all). Inst, meaning the current month, is one of those terms now found only in crosswords
10 EXTANT s(EXTANT). A sextant is a bronze Roman coin
11 SVELTE VESTAL* with the a (“one stripped”) replaced by e (“minimum of effort”)
13 CREAM CHEESE AM(erican) in CRECHE + SEE*, referring to the well-known brand
22 ELOHIM HOLE (rev) + I’M. It’s a Hebrew name for God
23 REPULP PLUPER(fect) (rev). One for students of Latin grammar
24 SHYEST H(ot) + YES in ST(reet). Shy can mean secluded
26 UPBORE PB (an abbreviation for the metal lead) in ROUE*
27 SARNEY RN in SEA* + Y (an unknown factor in algebra). A submarine can mean a sandwich in that shape, hence presumably the chain of shops with that name
30 ME-TOO MET + 00. As usual, Azed treats hyphenated words as if they were one word. The reference to “pair” is to cricket scoring
32 INIA Hidden in “Rossini aria”

2 Responses to “Azed 1925: a generous offering”

  1. Jake says:

    Thanks fo the post, I managed to fill the grid but was not sure about 15ac.
    I enjoyed 13dn creamcheese ! It wasnt ’til my girlfriend quickly spotted philidelpha which made the word play work.

    36ac impasto- also made me smile. Some clever work here. I very much enjoyed this puzzle, well worth a bash at if one’s never tried an Azed before.

  2. liz says:

    Thanks for the blog. Messed up the spelling of 8dn (sloppiness) which meant I couldn’t get 33ac, despite nagging voice in the back of my head telling me something was wrong with 8dn. Enjoyable puzzle and good for beginners like me.

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