Posted by bridgesong on January 3rd, 2010
This was one of the hardest Azeds that I can remember. I was certainly in need of the additional time allowed, even during a holiday period. I found that I needed to make constant reference to Chambers, but with one small exception, all the clues were perfectly fair. Compiling them is not easy, as I found with my attempt at the competition clue. Getting a sensible surface reading is almost impossible. I think that this is a variation on a puzzle type that Azed has used before at Christmas: certainly “parcels” comes up as having been used before if you search for it on the (excellent) & lit website.
For the across clues (CONTENTS), where there is always an anagram, I have simply shown the word to be entered (the middle one of the three), followed by the two outer words. For the down clues (WRAPPINGS), I have given a very brief indication of the wordplay that leads to the letters to be entered, as well as the three words themselves. I have not attempted to explain all the obscure words: there are simply too many. They are all, as promised, to be found in Chambers (2008).
1 ATHANOR PATHAN/ORDER
6 DACHA ODA/CHAP
11 OROBANCHES SOROBAN/CHESS
12 TERGA DETER/GAME
14 INTIME RAIN/TIMELY
15 RAGU ORA/GUST
16 ONDATRA FONDA/TRADE
17 IMIDES SIMI/DESERT
19 ORATORIAL INAMORATO/RIALTO
22 ETHERCAPS TETHER/CAPSID
28 REGEST PURE/GESTALT
29 ISEGRIM RAISE/GRIMACE
30 PYET SPY/ETON
31 STORED PRESTO/REDACT
32 NGANA The competition word
33 MONOVALENT KIMONO/VALENTINE
34 INEPT FINE/PTISAN
35 LOTTERY PILOT/TERYLENE
1 ASTRINE ASTRINGE, INGENER, NERINE. The only clue with which I take issue. I don’t think you can clue “Strine” as a “fellow from Oz”, since Chambers defines Strine as meaning Australian English, not as an Australian.
2 TREAMIT TREASON, SONDELI, DELIMIT. REAM in TIT.
3 HORGIC HORRENT, RENTALLER, ALLERGIC. CHOIR* round G.
4 NOABERRY NURI, RITE, TEABERRY. ER in BARONY*.
5 RAINATARMS RAINBAND, BANDMASTER, MASTER-AT-ARMS. RAMS round IN A TAR.
7 ACTAL ACHAR, HARDEN, DENTAL. Hidden in “extract a line”.
8 CHITTI CHICON, CONCAVE, CAVETTI. CHIT + IT (rev).
9 HEMRY HEMPEN, PENCHANT, CHANTRY. HEM + (Ma)RY.
10 ASEAL ASPERSE, PERSEID, IDEAL. A SEA + L.
13 ROSACOIDAL ROSACEA, EASTER, STEROIDAL. COLD SOR*(e) + AIA.
18 COPEANET COPEPOD, PODCAST, CASTANET. A seine is a kind of net.
20 ASSENER ASSEVER, VERDIN, DINNER. (So)RENESS + A (rev)
21 LITTATY LITTLIN, LINGO, GOATY. *TATTILY
23 HYEONE HYETAL, TALBOT, BOTONE. HYE + ONE.
24 BEYATE BEYOND, ONDING, INGATE. BEY + ATE.
25 BISMI BISMAR, MARSALA, SALAMI. BIS (twice) + I’m (rev).
26 ESTON ESTOVER, OVERGALL, GALLON. NOTES*.
27 AGROP AGRIN, INTRO, TROOP. A + GROP(e).