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Azed 1987: Between overs…

Posted by jetdoc on July 4th, 2010


While many of you were watching England’s unfortunate demise in South Africa last Sunday, I was sitting on the top deck of an almost deserted Lord’s pavilion, watching a T20 match between the Pakistanis and an MCC side featuring Brian Lara and a rather entertaining chap aptly called Blizzard, and captained by Sourav Ganguly. I think I made the better call.

At the same time, I was solving this Azed, which is perfectly sound (apart from a letter-count misprint at 9d) but not one of his more inspiring or challenging efforts. A pleasant enough solve, though, especially with some cricket to multi-task on. I needed to check a few words in Chambers when I got home, for the purposes of this blog.

1 ABSTERGE [d]ABSTER = expert, minus D (‘day off’); GE = 50% of ‘gets’.. In a medical context, to wipe; to cleanse; to purge.
12 MUCOR MUC[k]; OR = before (entry 3 in Chambers). A mould of the Mucor genus of zygomycete fungi, including some of the commonest moulds, giving name to an order or family.
13 LORICAE *(calorie)
14 TRANSLITERATE *(Steer Latin art). To write (a word) in letters of another alphabet or language.
15 RANGY RANG = proclaimed; Y = yard
16 CLARET E = English; CLART = Scottish mud. Old slang for blood.
17 ENTRALLES Hidden in ‘Central lessons’
19 KHOR H = hot; KOR = Korea minus ea (running water). A dry watercourse; a ravine.
21 AZTEC AZ = Azed, briefly; TEC = eye, in the sense of private eye, or detective.
22 DENY Compound anagram — of ‘Yes and no’ minus ‘as on’.
24 SUGARALLY *(agar) in SULLY
27 ERRANT TERRAN = earthling, with T moved to the end.
30 NAHUM AH = I’m surprised; NUM = the book of Numbers
31 TRADING ESTATE TRA = reverse of art; DINGES = (S Afr inf) an indefinite name for any person or thing whose name one cannot or will not remember; TATE = gallery
32 BACONER CONE = solid figure; BAR = court
33 POTIN POT = kitchen utensil; IN = consisting of. An old alloy of copper, zinc, lead and tin.
34 CESTUSES USE = regular habit; *(sects). A girdle, esp that of Aphrodite (Venus) in classical mythology. (Also, an ancient Roman boxing glove loaded with metal. One would do well not to confuse them.)
1 AMTRAK A; MT = mountain; RAK[e] (entry 3 in Chambers)
2 BURAN BURN = stream; A. A violent blizzard blowing from the NE in Siberia and central Asia.
3 SCANT’-O’-GRACE SCAN = scan; TOG = dress; RACE = stock (as in breed)
4 TONGA Compound anagram — of ‘Teeth agony’ minus ‘yet he’s’. A Fijian toothache remedy made from an aroid root (genus Epipremnum).
5 RELENZA REZ = reservation; LEN; A. I got this immediately, having done rather a lot of work on information about Relenza; for those unfamiliar with it, here’s more info: Relenza
6 GLIS Hidden in ‘English. A division of mammals including the typical rodents (e.g. the genus Glis, Old World dormice), etc.
7 PRELACY PREACHY; ‘restricting’ L = length; minus H = hearts
8 MIRA MIR = a Muslim ruler or commander; A. A variable star in the constellation Cetus.
9 SCARLET HATS *(cash rattles). In the online version, there was a mistake in the letter count for this clue.
10 SATEEN Sat[urday] e’en precedes Sun[day] morn.
11 MEETS MEET = appropriate; S. The Boxing Day meet is a big event in the fox-hunting calendar.
17 EARNING N = name; in [h]EARING = news
18 RELIEFS *(I feel); in RS = Royal Society
20 HURRAY A = amateur; in HURRY
23 YAMENS SAY = e.g., reversed; MEN. The offices and residence of a mandarin.
24 SET BY *(Bytes)
25 TATOU TAU = cross; TO = at. The Giant armadillo
26 CUTIE CUT = rake-off; I.E.
28 ADOS AS = e.g.; DO = party
29 OGRE ERGO, reversed

3 Responses to “Azed 1987: Between overs…”

  1. Andrew Kitching says:

    Finished this before 11-00 last Sunday morning. My quickest AZED so far. Thanks for explaining the wordplay for TRADING ESTATE- I’ve never heard of DINGES until now!

  2. EdUS says:

    My first AZED. Great fun. Had TONGS instead of TONGA for 4d, never having heard of a “compound anagram”.

  3. Myrvin says:

    Thanks jetdoc. I am very late for this puzzle.
    4d & 22 make no sense to me. Whatever ‘compound anagrams’ are, we need to know how they work. They seem to mean take away some letters from a string and find an anagram. But, why does ‘refuse thus as on’ mean take away ‘as on’ and anagramize ‘yes and no’ to get refuse again? And why ‘thus’ & ‘forms’? I put ‘deny’ in anyway.
    For 4d, there is no ‘s’ (from “yet he’s”) to take away from ‘Teeth agony’ – there’s only ‘yet he’ to subtract.
    The rest were OK, with the usual AZED dictionary words.

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