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Azed 1963

Posted by petebiddlecombe on January 17th, 2010


I found this a pretty tough Azed, making little progress in my initial cocky “no Chambers for me” mode, and requiring two solving sessions rather than one. Overall time was over an hour, and possibly about two.
The bottom half gave me more trouble than the top.

1 SAUCY – uc = “upper case” = capital, in SAY = state. This kind of capital never occurred to me, so solved from the def when enough checkers were in place
6 C(RUST)S – CS = “Civil Service” was in mind from the start, but the right ‘sign of inactivity’ took ages
11 PURLICUE from “curly pew” – a Scots word for peraration, new to me. “something pew” had to be the phrase to be spoonerised, but again the other half (curly for ‘rippling’) took too long
12 OIL OF THYME – “I loft” in homey* – another structure predicted early on but whose components took a while to emerge
13 DOS(E)H – I knew moolah = money, but took an unwise punt on CASEH. Doseh is not some kind of circumcision as I guessed, but a dervish Sheik riding a horse over the prostrate bodies of his followers
14 HALON, hidden in “dhal, onion” – defined by mentioning the reason why this stuff isn’t in any new fire extinguishers
15 QUI(NO.1)D – the “tarry stuff” in the def is benzene, not my guess of nicotine – wordplay seen easily from quids of tobacco
17 (pa)STURE(d) – sture is “great” among a rather wide range of defs. A sort of “anti-container” clue that was hard to see
19 STRESSOR – T=tense in rev. of rossers – easy enough except that I misremembered the coppers as nossers while still not looking things up
20 OLDSQUAW – QUA = as, in (d’, slow)* – the idea of mentioning that C also gives it as two words seems rather generous of Azed.
25 R.(ERA)N. – straightforward as long as you know that the Navy is the “senior service”
26 M(IS)EASE – file ‘mease’ with ‘cran’
27 OJIME = (meiji inro – INRI)* – your ojime is the little toggly bead that keeps your inro shut
29 LIMNS – N=name, for the E=English, in limes = fruit trees. The wordplay – “showing name for English fruit trees” expresses this less clearly than I’d expect from Azed, which probably means I’m barking up the wrong fruit tree.
31 CONACREISM = (circs OE man)* – a land tenure system that I should have remembered more quickly
32 MINUTEST – NUT = small biscuit, in times*
33 ERSATZ – hidden word – “substitute” being an adjective in the cryptic reading
34 NYS = “is not”,S.A. – nyssa is today’s tree genus
1 SPOD = rev. of D=degree,OP’S = work’s – a spod is a sort of nerd/swot hybrid
2 AU JOUR LE JOUR = (a role our ju-ju)*- Fr. for “hand to mouth”, and an anagram that I should have sorted out faster, given two J’s and a repeated word.
3 UROSIS – from first letters of “uncover really offensive smells …”
4 CLIENT – LIE for A in cant = sale by auction – in this pair of ellipsis-linked clues, we’ve got one of the cryptic readings crossing the gap, not just a connection in the surface meaning
5 ACONITUM = auction*,M=money – deadly poison in general, rather than extra-strong aconite
6 CUFF(in) = criminal slang for a man, also second def cuff = to beat = put in darbies = fists. Sergeant Cuff was in Wilkie Collins – The Moonstone I think
7 UNHATS = (has nut)*
8 STYLUS = (j)ustly*,S=second
9 TIMOROUSNESS = (mouse is stron(g))*
10 SCENERY – ene = evening, in scry=descry
16 DRAISENE – RASIE in rev. of END – file with velocipede and dandy-horse
18 SO = therefore, ROCHE = “Alpine boulder”
21 DRINKS – triple def
22 SAMARA – a fruit with sycamore seed tendencies. rev. of A,RAMA’S – Rama = an incarnation of Vishnu
23 FEISTY – it’s* in fey = slightly mad
24 GAMMES = ((se(a),magm(a))* – gammes are musical ranges (cf. gamut)
28 F=fine,RIZ = US version of “rose”
30 SE(T)A = a bristle – an old barred-grid standby

5 Responses to “Azed 1963”

  1. Andrew Kitching says:

    Enjoyable puzzle. I finished it, but some of the wordplay e.g 17, 20 and 16 had to be explained to me by an experienced AZED campaigner.

  2. bridgesong says:

    Peter, like you I found this tough. I guessed DOSEH, but failed to find it in the OED online, not having Chambers to hand. We had CLIENT only a week ago, but clued of course completely differently.

  3. liz says:

    Thanks, Peter. I got about half of this out without too much trouble and then struggled on to the end, making full use of the usual aids! I didn’t see the wordplay in 4dn or 17ac, so thanks in particular for those explanations.

  4. Bob Sharkey says:

    Regarding 34 across, the use of ‘lost’ is puzzling. Chambers does not refer to nys as obsolete, but as peculiar to Spenser.

  5. petebiddlecombe says:

    Bob: If you’re still watching, I think it’s accepted in barred-grid puzzles that any spelling marked as specific to a long-dead poet can be counted as archaic.

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