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AZED No. 1,975 Plain Competition Puzzle

Posted by The Trafites on April 11th, 2010

The Trafites.

Nick:  Fairly difficult AZED this week, due to a competition puzzle, I suppose, but great to solve.  30ac and 12dn seemed to be very convolute to work out, with 30ac being the ‘gotcha’ clue that could lead unsure solvers into entering the wrong word (I hope I am correct ;-) ).  9dn is a compilers Christmas present, and I was amazed when I read it in Chambers. ‘So-and-so’ in 1ac made me laugh – being from Pompey I was once told off by my (female) boss in Montreal for using it, until I explained it also meant ‘idiot’ here… :-)

Legend to solution comments:
*  =  anagram.
<  =  word reversed.

Across
1. Charlie (old-fashioned), near so-and-so, can, protecting Her Majesty (13)
NIGHTWATCHMAN NIGH+TWAT (ha ha ;-) ) +(HM in CAN)
11. Reverse of worthless American arachnid (6)
ACARUS (RACA<)+US
13. Brown, small Australian shrew (4)
TANA TAN+A
14. Decisions to do with being admitted into field of study? (6)
ARRETS RE in ARTS
15. Ghost, headless cleric, wanders here? Trick’s involved! (13)
CLOISTER-GARTH (GHOST+[c]LERIC)* around ART
semi &LIT
16. Poem created where Thai meets Kurdish (5)
HAIKU hidden: tHAI [meets] KUrdish
17. Paddy having a bit of an eye for a lady? (7)
IRISHER IRIS+HER
20. Month in which beast becomes frenzied (5)
SEBAT (BEAST)*
24. Cat is stunning in waders (7)
PUKEKOS PUKE+K.O.’S
cat=puke is a new meaning to me
27. Having entered university, loaf aimlessly, getting tangled up (5)
AFOUL U in (LOAF)*
*28. Northern (13)
SEPTENTRIONAL competition word to clue – good luck!
30. A French female, when followed by English, showing apprehension (6)
UNEASE UNE+AS+E
French feminine of ‘A’ – could be a gotcha as unless the clue is parsed correctly, some solvers could enter UNEASY here
31. Scottish venture yielding a fortune, sweet (4)
MINT triple definition
32. Commonwealth regulars scan AZ clues (6)
ANZACS (SCAN+AZ)*
see ‘clew’ here in Chambers for the anagram indicator
33. Writer having pull at second joint, creating role of historical chief (13)
PENDRAGONSHIP PEN+DRAG ON+S+HIP
Down
1. Score vegetarian cutlet for Rev. Spooner? (7, 2 words)
NOTCH UP Spoonerism of NUT CHOP
I do not like these type of clues… and to me, the Spoonerism should be ‘CHOT NUP’
2. It forms on scales of fish, number within reach (6)
GANOIN NO in GAIN
3. Star suspended? It involves these foot bones (6)
TARSUS hidden:  sTAR SUSpended
4. Husband briefly in pen, making one feel very ashamed (6)
WRITHE H in WRITE
5. Italy treasure? Art style crafted with such old gold (5)
AUREI composite anagram ITALY TREASURE minus ART STYLE leaves (IAURE)*
6. Royal favourite to ponder losing 50% when king is buried? (5)
CORGI R in COGI(tate)
nice definition as it is not obvious
7. Distress keeps enveloping head (6)
HARASS RAS in HAS
8. Money always short in pool (4)
MEER M+E’ER
9. Delicate in one’s health (4)
NESH hidden:  oNES Health
great find by AZED! the clue is (one) definition from Chambers, word for word!
10. After pain and fever one’s not available for dance (9)
MALAGUENA MAL+AGUE+NA
12. Eat nut stews, once on it for slimming? (9)
ATTENUANT (EAT NUT)*+AN+’T
18. Work must follow joke about will being shortened – like a desk? (7)
ROLLTOP ‘LL in ROT+OP
19. What builds up in pipes with rust around? Lag required (6)
RETARD TAR in RUST
pipes of tobacco here, I presume
21. Embrace sailor, not quite a cut-throat maybe (6)
ABRAZO AB+RAZO(r)
22. Japanese fish dish for influential expat in the East (6)
TAIPAN TAI+PAN
clever misdirect of the ‘fish dish’  part making solvers look for something like sushi etc.
23. You’ll find this wacky clothing close to ‘à la mode’ (6)
TONISH (THIS)* around ON
25. Old emperor or king having to demolish uprising (5)
KESAR K+(RASE<)
26. Dog (or deer) seen round north pole (5)
STANG dd STAG around N
28. See tot pee in bog (4)
SUMP SUM+P
clever clue
29. In India he carries messages, lot omitted by body of cyclists (4)
PEON PE(lot)ON

6 Responses to “AZED No. 1,975 Plain Competition Puzzle”

  1. Andrew K says:

    I made one mistake, which held me up for a while. I was convinced PELOTON was spelt PELATON (I foolishly didn’t check), and put in PEAN, and thought the defintion was a bit odd. A fellow solver pointed out my error.

  2. Bob Sharkey says:

    I foresee a few blunders in 1D. Note that the unchecked letters could be switched leaving NUT CHOP. I’m bemused by ‘semi &lit’ in 15A. This puzzle was a joy to solve, NESH being the gem.

  3. jmac says:

    A very enjoyable puzzle, not too difficult, though, as foreseen by Bob Sharkey, I was a NUT CHOP person.

  4. liz says:

    Thanks, Nick. I managed to avoid the UNEASE trap but was another NUT CHOP person. NESH was the first one I got.

    For a while I had MERE at 8dn which held up that corner.

    Struggling a good deal more today, not helped by the fact that the pdf hasn’t been put up…

  5. The Trafites says:

    Whenever that happens, do a search on AZED and the month:

    pdf this week

    Nick

  6. liz says:

    Thanks, Nick!

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