Posted by bridgesong on July 11th, 2010
I found this puzzle considerably harder than usual, partly as a result of my failure early
on to solve any of the four long clues which form the border to the puzzle. I am still
struggling for explanations to 23 across and 4 down.
I have as usual attached a link to the pdf of the puzzle, so that you can refer to the
clues. What I don’t know, since I failed to buy the paper, is whether any of the clues
appeared in a different form in the printed version: this does happen sometimes with Azed
puzzles, as a result of late amendments.
|1||ORNITHOMORPH||*(HRH + PROMOTION). It means a figure
or design in the form of a bird, like the Lib Dems’ logo, which was also compared (by their
opponents) to a snake in the grass.
|10||BOUVIER||VIE in BOUR(don). A bourdon is an old word
for a club. I spent some time trying to think of words for old golf clubs which had a don
in. I’ve only come across bouvier before as part of the name of Jacqueline
|12||SCRUTOIRE||*COURTS + IRE|
|13||RESH||Hidden in pure shmaltz.|
|14||RIGLIN||An easy clue for an obscure word, found in
Chambers under ridgel.
|15||ROKELAY||OK in RELAY.|
|17||ABUT||TABU with the first letter moved to the end.
One of the meanings of tabu is a ban.
|19||PERONEUS||ONE in *SUPER.|
|20||MALL RATS||ALL RAT in MS. It’s a delightful
|23||POET||I find myself unable to explain this. If it’s
a quote, I can’t find it. I’m sure someone will have the answer.
|24||CHANCRE||R(emedy) in CHANCE.|
|27||NADENE||AD in NENE. A nene is a rare Hawaiian goose;
Na-Dene is a group of native American languages, including Tlingit.
|29||TAEL||TAE(Scots for also) + L.|
|30||DRAGONISE||DRAG ON + S in IE. Apparently it means to
keep watch like a dragon.
|32||TETRAHEDRITE||*(HATTER + TRIED + E(arth)).|
|2||RONEO||ONE in R(un) 0(ut). I think that “batting” in
the clue simply means “in”. Younger readers may need to be told that a Roneo was an early
|3||NUMSKULL||*MUSK in NULL. A subtle clue, using
“bottles” to mean “contains”. You also need to know that “flat” can mean a
|4||TICAL||Another clue for which I can provide no
analysis. It’s an old Siamese coin of course, but can anyone explain the
|5||HERMAE||MA in HERE. Busts of (originally)
|6||MATICOS||A TIC in MOS.|
|7||OROGEN||E in NGORO (rev). Ngorongoro is a famous
crater in Tanzania.
|8||ROIL||Sounds like “royal”.|
|9||PERIQUE||The competition word. I wonder if Gerard
Pique of Spain will feature in some of the submissions?
|10||BARRAMUNDI||BAR + R A + *IN MUD. The name covers
several species of fish.
|11||FENESTELLA||F + ENE + STELLA. Ene is another poetic
version of “evening”, like “e’en”. I’m not sure why the word “Italian” is in the clue;
there’s nothing in Chambers to suggest that this feature is confined to Italian
|16||TEOCALLI||O + CALL + I under si(TE).|
|18||BAGARRE||BAG + *REAR.|
|19||PRONOTA||A pronatum is the back of an insects
prothorax. I think the word play is *(AR(e) + ON TOP). I don’t particularly like “flying”
as an anagram indicator.
|21||LIEGER||EG in LIER. It’s an old form of “ledger”.
To lie can mean to press.
|22||THRICE||H in TRICE. The reference of course is to
Lewis Carroll’s parody of Robert Southey’s poem in Alice’s Adventures in
|25||ASSAD||A S(tate) + SAD. I don’t think that the clue
has any satirical or political intent, but of course it refers to President Assad of
|26||RECIT||Hidden and reversed in “anachronistic
|28||DAFT||(Reynar)D + AFT. “Daft as a brush” was a
catchphrase of a now forgotten comedian, Ken Platt. Like me, Azed is old enough to
remember hearing him on the wireless in the 1950s.