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Azed 1928 – Raising the blood!

Posted by tilsit on May 17th, 2009




Halfway through moving to a new flat, and a welcome break from shredding paper and packing boxes.

After the stresses of the Spoonerism puzzle the previous week, this was a nice pleasant challenge which still had a few traps. Chambers was well-thumbed during this, but I couldn’t find 9 down. When I revisited the website later in the week, I noticed the end rubric had been modified to show that it was in the New Shorter Oxford Dictionary (1993 ed). A good Scots-English Dictionary is now on my hunt list for Ebay and Amazon after this one, as well.
7 down was the major stumbling block and my partial guess is below.


1 Playwright cut short in awkward act? One completes work quickly (7)

CODETTA The Playwright is Clifford Odets, someone I’d never heard of. So here it’s ODET(S) inside an anagram of CAT.

7 On the rocks? I give in (well, almost) (4)


10 Conflict spread, a game of chance – guarantee in auld Scotland (10)


11 Wi’ water nan’s wee pride and joy damped firework he made? (5)

PEEOY It was obvious from a look in Chambers what this was. Thanks to Mark T for making sense of this. PEE (water) + OY (Nan’s wee pride).

12 Top family (top or backward) (6)

ROYALS “Top family ” is the definition. The second top means “to kill” + OR all reversed.

13 Seen being evasive in response after parking, intentionally (10)

PREPENSELY P (for parking) + REPLY with an anagram of SEEN inside.

15 Fish found round Loch, bluish-grey locally? (6)


16 Specialist collector: what’s mint is a must, possibly (11)

NUMISMATIST The first clue I solved. Nice appropriate anagram as well. Anagram of MINT IS A MUST.

18 The northern boy, Irish inside, going after maid, no grand landowner (11, 2 words)

BONNET LAIRD. One to make you smile. After BONNE for maid, T’ LAD = The Northern boy with IR for Irish inside.

20 A trifle, as in ‘rotten wage’ (6)

GEE GAW I remembered GEW GAW from something I read as a child meaning baubles, and very nearly left it as my answer, but a check in the dictionary

24 Medicated plaster, doctored sample torn badly (10)

EMPLASTRON This is rather clever, to add to the surface reading the word can be split into two anagrams the first governed by doctored and the second by badly.

25 In, but missing out on boundaries, receives one within reach (6)

ATTAIN In = batting but without first and last letters (missing out on boundaries) = ATTIN with A (one) inside. Another great surface reading with a cricket allusion.

26 Canadian force creating low tension after abuse of USA (5)

SAULT Nothing to do with the Mounties. Force here means waterfall as in High Force, one of Britain’s highest. So we are looking for a Canadian word for waterfall. Azed gives us a nice straightforward clue for this. Anagram of USA + LT for Low Tension

27 ‘Impaler’ includes strange line reminiscent of hallowed spot (10)

SHRINELIKE Luckily I wasn’t fooled by this! I set the questions for my local quiz league (always available if needed!) and one of the nature round questions was “Which bird is nicknamed ‘The Butcher Bird’ or ‘The Impaler’”? Here it’s an anagram of LINE inside the aforementioned bird.

28 Wherein one’s cast with start of netting (4)

SEAN An “&lit” clue, I think here. SEAN is a variation of SEINE, which apart from being a famous river is a type of fishing net. So It would be cast into the SEA plus the first letter of Netting. Nice clue.

29 Predator ay leaving to rove aboard ship (7)

KESTREL A word for “wander” = STRAY, without AY and inside KEEL, which is defined as a poetic word for ship.


1 Public school (not amateur), good in social standing – it raises the blood! (12)

CUPPING GLASS UPPINGHAM is the school, minus a word for amateur (HAM, as in Radio Ham) + G all inside CLASS. A cupping glass is a small blass “bowl” placed upside down on the skin and the air extracted, sometimes by heat, and this raises the blood to the surface. Used in Chinese medicine.

2 Added sound died round WWI battlefield mostly (7)

OVERDUB Verdun was a famous WWI battlefield, scene of much carnage. OB is an abbreviation for dead Here it’s OB with VERDU(N) inside.

3 Klutz we chucked in bottom up (5)

DWEEB We inside BED reversed. Bed as in sea-bed.

4 Winning means a lot to them – one score’s bitter stuff (6)

TRYERS Nice definition. TRY (one score) ERS (another name for the Bitter vetch)

5 Poet’s change in form, smart, new, recast (8)

TRANSMEW A simple anagram of SMART NEW for an unusual word.

6 One of the hairtails kept in fyke on surface after bringing up (5)

SNOEK Also known as the cutlassfish – this is a hidden reveral clue . The answer is inside fyke on surface.

 7 One not often badly brought up in tub and rarely innocent (happily) (8)

IDYLLIAN I assume that this is A ILLY (One not often (ie rarely used) badly inside IDN, but I am not sure. I am sure someone will come to my rescue.
8 What’s mostly powdered up creating striking effect (5)

ECLAT A reversal of TALCE(D).

9 Realistic drama’s opening scene with drilling of teeth (12)

DESCENDENTAL D inside SCENE inside DENTAL. The clue reminds me of that terrifiying scene from Marathon Man where Laurence Olivier carried out that dental work on Dustin Hoffman.

14 Electrical supply system: bookie has one installed (8, 2 words)

RING MAIN Every home should have one! The word for a bookmaker / turf accountant with I (for one) inside.

15 Feed rising in demand that can be filled (8)

SATIABLE BAIT reversed inside SALE shown in Ch. as “demand”.

17 Gnarled root’s position revealing type of palm (7)

TROOLIE Anagram of ROOT + LIE, as in golf. Here’s a troolie:

19 Girl is making milky drinks (6)

LASSIS LASS + IS to give those lovely Indian milky yoghurty drinks.

21 Hide without outer covering? Not difficult formerly (5)

EATHE An old word meaning easy. LEATHER without its first and last letters.

22 Silver-cased tuning peg for taking off (5)

APING PIN inside AG.

23 Flat? Comparatively smart Rue Rivoli houses (5)

TRUER A hidden answer. ….Smart Rue Rivoli.   Note how Azed uses the question mark here to make you think it’s not just “true”


Thanks to Azed for a  very enjoyable puzzle.
And now back to packing my crossword books away. I have rather a lot……



11 Responses to “Azed 1928 – Raising the blood!”

  1. Andrew says:

    Thanks tilsit. In 9dn “One” refers to the first “I”, and a DAN is (apparently) a dialect word for “a box for carrying coal; a tub”, so it’s
    I + ILLY< in DAN.

  2. Andrew says:

    I mean 7dn, of course.

  3. tilsit says:

    Thanks Andrew. Much appreciated.

  4. liz says:

    Thanks for the blog. I was caught out by GEEGAW — had GEWGAW instead. I didn’t see the wordplay for 4dn, so thanks for the explanation. What does YLLI mean?

  5. Andrew K says:

    SEAN was my last clue ( and after some debate with my AZED guru).

  6. Jake says:

    thanks for the blog Sir.

    I’d only managed a few clues this week (due to work).

    I thought 11ac – PEEOY was rather good – a scot home made firework.
    something learned every day. Or clue, on the Azed….

    Looking forward to this weeks, plus, I’ve time to hopefully complete it.

    Thanks any who.


  7. tilsit says:

    Hi Liz

    ILLY is an old way of saying “badly” and because it says brought up (in a down clue) it means it’s reversed.

  8. Peter Biddlecombe says:

    Scots dictionary: There’s good stuff for free online at

  9. Jake says:

    Mr Biddlecombe.

    Thanks for the link Sir.


  10. liz says:

    Thanks for the explanation Tilsit.

  11. Richard Heald says:

    Just a minor point, but I think the wordplay for 9Dn is actually: D (drama’s opening) + SCENE* (scene with drilling) + DENTAL (of teeth).

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