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AZED No. 1,982 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on May 30th, 2010

The Trafites.

Nick:  Typically nice AZED this week which I feel was a tad more difficult than some weeks.  I had to use Brewers Dictionary of Phrase and Fable to confirm 28dn and fully understand the reference in 12dn (I have added information internet links to these clues).

I also have a few queries; in 8ac, I cannot see how the definition indicates a plural solution; 23ac has a wrong definition, as far as I can tell;  3dn (if I parsed this right) seems to have a missing reversal indicator in the subsidiary clue part.  Comments welcome on all these!

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

Across
1. Ottoman, as seen in heart of kasbah (5)
SQUAB QUA in SB
‘ottoman’ as in a couch
8. Bass nastily ‘drowning’ contralto is a rat (5)
SCABS (BASS*) around C
I cannot see where the definition indicates the plural in this clue see comments below
13. Reversal: crisis on all sides (9)
TURNROUND TURN+ROUND
14. Anagram (NB done indirectly) making one totter! (13)
RAG-AND-BONE-MAN (ANAGRAM NB DONE)*
16. A wee Scotch US mate knocked back, welcome luxury (7)
DRAPPIE (PARD<)+PIE
I do not know any Scottish friends that ask for a ‘drappie’, now, do you? :D
17. Dissenting of old, down about one part of Bible (7)
PANTILE (A+NT) in PILE (‘down’ here as in carpet pile)
18. Sons essentially become dissipated, as of old (6)
SPERSE S+PER SE
20. Kind imposition placed on one (5)
HUMAN HUM (imposition)+AN
kind=’nice’ here, not ‘type’ (i.e being human)
21. Gets ready for op: fizzy drink I left off, restricting runs (5)
PREPS R in PEPS(i)
23. Trumpeter needing help in school? The opposite (6)
AGAMID GAM (school of whales etc.) in AID (opposite of ‘aid’ in ‘school’)
The definition here is surely wrong; ‘agamid’ is of a lizard family, ‘agami’ is the trumpeter bird type – maybe a misread from the cross-reference of ‘agamid->Agama’ in Chambers?
25. Not during vacation I’ll be kept in – it’s temporary (7)
INTERIM I in IN TERM
26. Bush’s attempt to deceive as social climber taking in wife and lover? (7, 2 words)
SNOW JOB (W+JO) in SNOB
‘Bush’s attempt…’ indicates a N. American term
29. Like mountain flowers, things that exist in USA, e.g. Conn., mostly growing wild (13)
GENTIANACEOUS ENTIA in (USA EG CON(n)*)
This took me a while to parse correctly
30. Aid to charting ill-defined curtilage (9)
GRATICULE (CURTILAGE)*
31. Further attempt, wrong, describing chemical reaction (5)
REDOX REDO+X (wrong!)
32. You might see old Socrates shivering in colder —-! (5)
STOAS composite anagram; OLD SOCRATES minus COLDER = (SOATS*)
Down
1. Commuter, leaves having turned up, hot with rage in train (11)
STRAPHANGER (PARTS<)+H+ANGER; the definition seems split at each end of the clue here!
A new word for me
2. Edible clam, three quarters of what’s netted in bog (7)
QUAHAUG HAU(l) in QUAG
3. Colouring matter got from a palm, last chopped (6)
ANATTA A+((r)ATTAN<)
If I have this right, where is the reversal indictor of ‘rattan’ (palm)
which is then chopped?

(see comment below) AN+ATTA(p)
4. Origin source of gun barrel with right name on (4)
BRNO B+R+N+O (see ‘bren gun’ in Chambers)
I thought for a while here of BSA (Birmingham Small Arms) with BRN (Birmingham?) in the grid, and am surprised the BSA abbrev. is not in Chambers!
5. Fish, divine when stuffed by the French and gently steamed? (7)
CODDLED COD+(LE in DD)
6. See bar use lingo in translation – very local (11)
SUBREGIONAL (BAR USE LINGO)*
7. Sulawesi native given part for piano accordion (4)
ANOA hidden: piANO Accordian
A wild ox of Sulawesi (hence a native species)
9. Spécialité de Bretagne, un peu sucré peut-être? (5)
CREPE hidden: suCRÉ PEut
Basic translation: ‘Speciality of Brittany, perhaps sweetened a little?
A clever clue!
10. Fans? 1,500 turned up with them around (8)
ADMIRERS (MD<) in AIRERS!
11. Regular parts of ballade, bleak for Burns? (4)
BLAE regular letters of BaLlAdE
12. Year inside, sends deranged patriarch links appropriate to Ezekiel? (11)
SYNDESMOSES (Y in (SENDS*))+MOSES; bone ligaments, i.e. links
I didn’t understand the Ezekiel ref., but try this: dem bones
15. Maiden queen taking refuge in German and relying on George? (8)
UNMANNED M+ANNE in UND
18. Bantus’ terribly hard period exposed to rays (7)
SUNBATH (BANTUS*)+H
19. Spell in South Africa restricting weight (7)
SPICULA PICUL (a Chinese weight measure) in SA
My last entry – a toughie. See ‘spell4‘ – a splinter = ‘spicula’
22. In Paris I’ll get stuck into recipe, having time – I might end up with seconds (6)
REJECT (JE in REC)+T
24. Headless foot coming up in legend (5)
MOTTO (b)OTTOM<
26. Part of tala: Shankar’s heart goes into experience (4)
SENE N in SEE
I was mislead here for a tad ref. TALA², even though ‘sene’ appears directly above this in Chambers under ‘tala¹’ :D
27. Seal judge put on box (4)
JARK J+ARK
28. Selection from pharmacist for one fatally attracted to nymph (4)
ACIS hidden: pharmACISt
Ref.: Acis and Galatea

9 Responses to “AZED No. 1,982 Plain”

  1. sidey says:

    I do like the way you blog these, saves finding the puzzle ;)

    Scabs is the verb form.

    The palm is ATTAP.

    Don’t know the trumpeter thing, sorry.

    And it may be my browser but the ends of your comments are missing.

  2. The Trafites says:

    Thanks sidey, I have corrected 3dn :). I did try the verb of ‘scabs’, but surely you would still use ‘rats’?

    I have had the problem with the comments being cut off before (as some people report), but all always looks fine here – anyway, I have made an adjustment to the blog table, so please let me know if all is visible now please.

    Nick

  3. sidey says:

    The cut-off’s still happening, eg 29a … e.g. Conn., mostly growing wil

    (I) am a rat : (I) scab
    (He) is a rat : (He) scabs

  4. Chris says:

    Excellent layout! I wish others would copy it.

    In 8ac., the phrase “is a rat” defines scabs as a verb (3rd person singular).

    At 23ac., the only explanation seems to be that Azed misread agami for agamid.

  5. sidey says:

    Drat, I meant to say that there is rarely much in the way of linking stuff in Azed, if it’s there it’s for a reason.

  6. The Trafites says:

    Ref: 8ac, I see now, sort of.

    I have adjusted the table again, but I really do not know what the issue is here with cut off words, as I can see all the blog perfectly, so it is difficult to fix something broken that isn’t!

    It would be interesting to list what browsers have this issue – I am using Firefox on GNU/Linux, and the blog is OK on three different machines with different versions of GNU/Linux and Firefox.

    Nick

  7. David Mansell says:

    You haven’t explained the “relying on George” part of 15 dn. I think it’s because “George” was a name given to the automatic pilot in aeroplanes, hence “unmanned”.

  8. sidey says:

    Nick, worked it out. With most blogs, if you zoom text size [in Firefox] the text auto-wraps. With the more subtle formatting you use the wrapping fails. It is all visible at 100% zoom.

    Anyone else experiencing this should press + (and squint a bit) ;)

  9. The Trafites says:

    David, yes I should have explained that in hindsight, but as I immediately thought of an auto-pilot, and Chambers does list it under ‘George’, never thought to.

    BTW, I think I have found and fixed the cut off word problem now; it was a fixed width element in the table tag that stops the table contents from wrapping if required.

    Nick

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