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Azed 1939: a bonzer offering!

Posted by bridgesong on August 2nd, 2009


A distinctly Antipodean flavour to this week’s offering, with a couple of pieces of Aussie (or Kiwi) slang, and a Maori word as well. Lots of other unfamiliar words, or unfamiliar meanings of familiar words. Had I not made a careless error at 2 down, I would have solved it comfortably within a day.

1 BUTUTS TUT in BUS. Tut is a dialect word for work paid by the piece.
6 ABRUPT An easy anagram to start with.
11 SOUR ORANGE (a)URORA in SONG, + E. The one word Seville here serves as the definition.
12 BALTIC BALTI + C. The Baltic Exchange is a shipping market.
13 STILTY TILT in S(ociet)Y. Stilted is the more common form of the word.
14 INKIER IN + KIER. A kier is a kind of vat, and inky (or inked) is Aussie slang for being drunk.
15 SLEE L in SEE.
16 FETA E in FAT*. It’s not a very difficult clue, but “reduced” as an anagram indicator seemed to be stretching it a bit. Azed no doubt thought it was worth it for the excellent surface reading.
17 NYCHTHEMERON THEME in NY CHRON. Took me ages to get this, mainly because I had carelessly entered 2 down as USABLE, giving me NE… The word means a complete period of 24 hours.
24 TWIG W in TIG. The clue uses two of the three different meanings of the word.
28 FIRS A homophone for furze.
30 HATPIN H + INAPT*. A cloche is of course a kind of hat.
32 RESTENOSES REST + SON SEE*. A restenosis is a recurrence of a stenosis, which can fairly be described as an artery problem.
33 RELIER Hidden in “wastrel, i.e. rootless”. I thought at first that I was looking for an adjective, but “dependent” can also be a noun.
34 STIPEL (E)PISTLE*. A clever clue, because “leaflet” here refers to a leaf from a tree.
3 TOLTEC LOT (rev) + ETC*.
4 TRINITY 1 NIT in TRY. Originally the name of one of the four terms of the legal year, it’s still used at Oxford University.
5 SOCKO SOC + KO. A soc is a feudal term, the right to hold a local court, and socko itself is an American slang term to be found in Chambers under the second meaning of sock.
6 ARSINE Hidden in “wars in Europe”. It’s the poisonous gas form of arsenic.
7 BATED AT in BED. The at is a monetary unit in Laos, there being one hundred to the kip. Who’d have thought that kip could have eight separate meanings, two of which have been used in this excellent clue.
8 UGLIER LEG I* in RU (rev).
9 PETIT Another clever clue; you have to read “pain” as a French word (it’s in Chambers under petit).
10 TRYPANOSOMAL TRY + A SPOONS* + MAL. It describes a type of parasite.
18 MELILOT LILO in MET. The description of the plant’s odour as “peculiar sweet” is in Chambers.
20 LISTEL SELL IT*. In this clue “butchers” is the anagram indicator, and “past its use-by date” refers to the fact that the word is obsolete. You can find it under the fifth meaning of list in Chambers.
21 SHINER N in SHIER. I for one never knew that a mouse could mean a black eye. The OED gives examples from 1842 to 1985.
22 SITREP PRIEST*. Here the definition is nine words long!
23 GROUSE GR on OUSE. As well as the wordplay, Azed also gives a straightforward definition “one shot down in sport” and a synonym, “boshta”. Both boshta and grouse are Australian slang terms meaning very good.
25 WHARE HE + WAR*. The reference to Wellington is of course to the city in New Zealand.
27 KRANS SNARK (rev). The reference is to Lewis Carroll’s classic poem.

5 Responses to “Azed 1939: a bonzer offering!”

  1. liz says:

    Thanks, bridgesong, particularly for explaining the wordplay for BATED. My favourite was 19ac and I also thought 9dn was v clever! I was pleased to finish this, but having considerably more trouble with today’s offering!

  2. Andrew says:

    Without giving anything away, there’s an obvious error in today’s (appropriately, “Wrong Number”) puzzle – the enumeration for 12ac is given as (9) but should be (5). There’s also a cringe-making spelling mistake in the preamble: “Competitors should submit with there solutions…”

  3. Andrew Kitching says:

    Pleased with this, as my 3rd solo effort. Ground to a halt on today’s puzzle though!

  4. liz says:

    Thanks, Andrew, for pointing out the error in today’s puzzle.

    (I also spotted the spelling mistake in the preamble. And there’s another one, I think — surely ‘required at the number here’ should read ‘required at the number where’?)

    But there is yet another anomaly. In the print version, the end of 14ac reads: ‘for e.g. smarty-boots?’ whereas on-line the same phrase is ‘for e.g. County Cork?’ I wonder which is correct?

    I don’t usually work from the on-line version, but had to print out the puzzle today, having made a mess of my first attempt in the paper! So far, v v slow-going….

  5. Mike Laws says:

    The RTF version I printed out has “County Cork” – both that and “smarty-boots” work. I’ll say no more except that puzzles with prizes shouldn’t be mentioned, whatever anomalies may occur, until after the deadline for entries.

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