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Azed 1969

Posted by Andrew on February 28th, 2010

Andrew.

A puzzle of two halves, I found: I whizzed though about two-thirds very quickly and without aids, then struggled rather more to finish it off. As promised, I’ve done this blog in the style Nick introduced last week. The lateness of this post is mostly due to some (rather unsuccessful) last-minute tinkering with the layout. Comments on the format are welcome (as well as on the blog and the puzzle, of course).

 
 
 
Across
1 . We’ll work magic, getting hock in French bar (7) 
SHAMANS HAM in SANS
8 . Philosopher in squad not getting on (5) 
PLATO PLATO[on]
12 . Shifting to green area or fitting wind-powered device (13) 
AEROGENERATOR (TO GREEN AREA OR)*
13 . Winter quarters for some deer, low and indeed turned over by old plough (9) 
MOOSEYARD MOO + YES< + ARD
14 . Braidwork one found in core of quilting (5) 
LACET ACE in [qui]LT[ing]
15 . Fail to justify most of intuition (5) 
BELIE BELIE[f]
16 . Stop soft-pedalling past history contained within tome’s covers (8, 2 words) 
TRE CORDE RECORD in T[om]E
19 . Savoury snack that a party’s included (4) 
TAPA Hidden (and pretty much &lit too)
20 . Cook displaying sardonic humour, a natural gift (5) 
DOWRY DO (cook) + WRY (sardonic)
A dowry can be “a natural gift”. “Humour” seems to be redundant.
21 . Late-night bugle-call maybe bugs (4) 
TAPS Double definition
23 . Page escort holding end of robe, wearing wooden shoes of old (8) 
PATTENED P + [rob]E in ATTEND
26 . Greek island temple with cross inside (5) 
NAXOS X in NAOS
28 . It may give some tar a meal! (5) 
ARAME Hidden &lit
30 . A club rule ultimately withholding name for cocktail (9) 
AMERICANO A MERI CANO[n].
It’s a cocktail of Campari, vermouth and soda (also a fancy name for “black coffee”). MERI is a Maori war-club.
31 . Acceptable in court, service about reached – it’s very low in the wind (13) 
CONTRAFAGOTTO ON in CT, RAF< GOT TO
32 . Part of bow creating wash at sea either side of engine (5) 
HAWSE E in WASH*
33 . Feet apart, plays fantastically as centre, giving impressive display in the air (7) 
FLYPAST PLAYS* in FT
down
1 . Bellow e.g. ‘Time’, making one jump once? (5) 
SAULT SAUL + T
2 . Man below par? Quite the opposite – this old sulphur compound does the trick (5) 
HEPAR PAR below HE
3 . Treatment for dementia or paretic malfunctioning (7) 
ARICEPT PARETIC*
4 . Gig creating grimaces in audience (4) 
MOZE Homophone of “mows”.
MOZE is “to gig, raise a nap on” (of textiles). The third entry in Chambers for MOW gives “to make grimaces”.
5 . One struggling with current round river typical of Amazon area? (11) 
NEOTROPICAL ONE* + R in TOPICAL
6 . Apple flakes (4) 
SNOW Double definition
A white-fleshed apple, and the wintry falling stuff
7 . Saucy having got stuck into ales and vin drunk of an evening (11) 
VESPERTINAL PERT in (ALES VIN)*
The root “vesper-” recalls the ecclesiastical “vespers”.
8 . Lay in stocks of food for hunters, bully less than half consumed (6) 
PRE-BUY BU[lly] in pREY
9 . Clothes for baby that’s overdue (still inside) (7) 
LAYETTE YET in LATE
10 . Part of Puerto Rico that bulges out? (5) 
TORIC Hidden
11 . They’re full in the priesthood – what’ll one waiting take? (6) 
ORDERS Double definition
A priest has full holy orders, and waiters take orders.
17 . Frolics about having endlessly struggled up (7) 
CAVORTS CA + STROV[e]<
18 . Meld when tucking into half a melon? (7) 
CANASTA AS in CANTA[loupe]
19 . Sacred Jewish texts one kept in biblical fastener (6) 
TANACH AN in TACH
20 . Longing to get free of parent, one assumes? (6) 
DESIRE “DE-SIRE”
22 . Aussie state with former resident of NZ and Pacific islands (5) 
SAMOA SA + MOA
24 . Issues Times dealt with (5) 
EMITS TIMES*
Times has lots of anagrams: I first thought this should be ITEMS, and MITES almost workds – mites = children = issue..
25 . Bus station for one on foot after a lift (5) 
DEPOT (TO PED)<
27 . Incompetent, reverse of c-cool (4) 
NAFF (F-FAN)<
29 . Scottish frog (in specific location) making inadequate leap (4) 
ROOP Reverse of POOR
Roop is “a hoarse sound” so the “specific location” is the throat.

6 Responses to “Azed 1969”

  1. Andrew Kitching says:

    No particular
    clue stood out for me, but I was pleased to get CONTRAFAGOTTO from the word play.

  2. liz says:

    Thanks, Andrew. I found this somewhat easier than usual, but I still managed to get one wrong — I had MOUE at 4dn, even though I knew it should be a homophone of something.

  3. Jake says:

    Didn’t find ‘Naxos’ in Chambers.
    ‘paretic’ ? I had to use word wizard which resulted no anagram answer,
    then I was then stuck with about five clues left to answer.

    Thanks for blog Andrew. Apart from my laziness in not looking up the
    remaining clues (due to time) this was a great puzzle.

    Nice one.

  4. Andrew says:

    Azed doesn’t always mention when proper nouns used in a puzzle aren’t in Chambers. Naxos, as I should perhaps have said in the blog, is the largest of the Cyclades group in the Aegean Sea (as well as a low-price record label).

  5. Bob Sharkey says:

    I found the top left hard going, but found amusement on finishing in 1D. There is extra wordplay there in a phonetic “‘s all!” – i.e. how say an umpire or landlord might bellow it.

  6. Jake says:

    Andrew –
    I just knew it had to be Naxos, the cluing was a perfect lead to that answer,
    but not being in Chambers, Azed usually says if certain words ‘pro-nouns’
    may not be in Chambers, and often mentions SOED – which Naxos (in my 1950’s version isn’t).
    But as there was no indication for this, and me not using my brain! it held me up.
    Silly me.

    Thanks for the info though Andrew!

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