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Azed 1,942

Posted by Gaufrid on August 25th, 2009

Gaufrid.

Apologies for the late appearance of this analysis and for the lack of any real comment. I cannot remember too much about this puzzle having completed many more crosswords in the time between solving and writing this post. Had I known I was going to need to stand in at the last moment I would have made some notes whilst solving. All I can say is that, on my copy, I do not have a question mark against any of the clues so there cannot have been anything contentious (not that this is likely with an Azed).

Across
1 SCRATCHBACK  SCRATCH (cash) BACK (returned)
11 PLEBE  hidden in ‘purPLE BEret’
12 UNLOST  NL (Netherlands) in *(TO US)
14 SLIPSLOPPY  *(PILLS) in SOPPY (thoroughly wet)
15 GUEREZA  *(AZEd a RoGUE – ado)
16 HUERS  R (rule) in HUES (shades)
17 BRADAWL  AD (notice) in BRAWL (rough-house)
20 DARNED  *(RED AND)
24 LUMPER  dd
25 AGELESS  LEG (on, cricket) reversed in *(SEAS)
26 ALERT  R (runs) in TELA (what’s spun) reversed
27 CHRISOM  CH (church) IS in ROM (Romans)
30 RENOVATION  ONE reversed V (against) in RATION (part)
31 RATLIN  L (line) in RATIN[g] (sailor nearly)
32 LAMMY  [c]LAMMY (unpleasantly damp clearing Cape)
33 BLOTCHINESS  CHINES (spinal parts) in BLOTS (blemishes)

Down
1 SPAG BOL  *(GOBS LAP)
2 CLOU  CLOU[d over)] (become gloomy quitting Dover)
3 REVEALMENT  EVER (always) reversed A[i]LMENT (illness, I suppressed)
4 TELE-AD  T[h]E (emptied the) LEAD (main conductor)
5 CHIZ  CHI (cross in Greek) Z (zero)
6 HYPALLACTIC  *(I CALL PATCHY)
7 BUSH DOG  *(DOSH) in BUG (enthusiast)
8 CLOURS  LOUR (black look) in CS (public employees, Civil Service)
9 ASPREYS  PREY (what one’s hunting for) in ASS (fool)
10 ATYS  *(SATY[r])
13 OPEN SESAME  O (love) SAM (Samuel) in PENSEE (thought)
18 ROULEAU  R (river) OU (where, in French) L’EAU (water, in French)
19 WARRANT  WAR RANT (hawkish bombast)
21 DISMAYS  SM (unconventional sex) in *(DAISY)
22 UPROLL  U (posh) PROLL (hunt stealthily, as of old)
23 NEROLI  *(ORaNgE oIL – goa)
26 ARRY  ARR[a]Y (one out of order)
28 HIGH  td
29 OHMS  O (reduced on) HMS (British ship)

4 Responses to “Azed 1,942”

  1. liz says:

    Thanks for standing in, Gaufrid. Solving AZEDs is still sufficiently new to me to be v pleased to finish this one. For once, I understood almost all the wordplay, the exception being NEROLI, so thanks for explaining that.

  2. Andrew Kitching says:

    I found this more difficult than this week’s.

    I didn’t get 16 and 10, which were explained to me by another solver.

    I did enjoy DARNED and AGELESS.

    I thought 26 was ARRA rather than ARRY (from the nursery rhyme about ‘my bow and ‘arra’), but I can see why it’s ARRY now.

  3. The trafites says:

    I thought 33ac was a bit weak with blots a word derived from the solution (I think).

    29dn ‘units’ and ‘ship’ had me beat for a while… (HMS!)

    Nick

  4. Jake says:

    Excellent puzzle as usual. I rather liked the grid, a few new words for me but overall a satisfying solve – a record time for me just over an hour-ish with help from chambers.

    THanks for the blog Gaufrid.

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