Posted by bridgesong on April 4th, 2010
After last week’s offering, which Jetdoc found easy, but which defeated me, I found this special very much easier than a normal Azed, doing much of it on the train without the aid of Chambers. For those who haven’t encountered the DLM formula before it may at first seem a daunting prospect, but as ever the generous checking in an Azed grid makes it easy once you get started. I find the key to making a start is to concentrate on the shorter words, where it’s easier to find the anagrams, and as it happens I solved 1 down very soon.
You have to admire Azed’s skill in coming up with surface readings that make some sort of sense, despite three clues being run into one. However, it has to be said that this does involve a fair number of words that have been inserted just to help the surface reading and which are not otherwise essential to the clues. Of course, if they weren’t there, solving such a puzzle would be even easier. The fact that the three clues are clued strictly in numerical order is also a great help; I seem to remember competition puzzles where the clues could be in any order.
Why “Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow”? It’s the title of a book by Jerome K Jerome: perhaps the triple name is relevant.
|1||FOULMART||It’s a type of polecat, which makes a stink.|
|10||PRELECTION||Arguably a weak clue, as it shares a root with the definition “lecturing etc”.|
|11||SEBUM||A fatty secretion of the skin.|
|12||FELIS||The cat genus.|
|15||AMENT||A psychiatric term.|
|16||ACARIASIS||Infestation by mites.|
|18||PIROGUE||A dug-out canoe.|
|23||GASCONISM||I’m not sure why people from Gascony should have acquired a reputation for boasting.|
|28||SERRY||The verb from which we get “serried”.|
|1||FIST||It can mean handwriting.|
|2||OPERCULATE||Almost the last word I inserted, having been misled into expecting a word beginning “over…”. This word means “covered”.|
|5||ALULA||Feathers on what would be a bird’s thumb.|
|7||STEMSON||A curved timber on a ship.|
|18||PISCINA||Can mean a fish pond, as well as a basin in a church.|
|22||PORTE||The Porte was the Turkish Imperial Government.|
|27||CHIS||Chi is Greek for X.|