# Fifteensquared

## AZED No. 1,996 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on September 5th, 2010

Nick:  A slightly more difficult AZED this week, I felt.  I am afraid I am totally beat with the explanation of 1ac, but I am sure readers here will enlighten me.
The blog below shows the correct solution lengths, as I noticed in both electronic versions there are various errors in that area.

If you are going to the AZED lunch on September 25th, the Trafites will see you there

*  =  anagram.
<  =  word reversed.

### 6 Responses to “AZED No. 1,996 Plain”

1. jmac says:

Thanks for the blog Nick. Contrariwise, my experience of this puzzle was that it was a bit easier than usual. I couldn’t parse 1 ac satisfactorily either – I thought it was something to do with Jasper Johns and was hoping you could explain!

2. Bob Sharkey says:

Me too. Could be an oversight. With ‘John’ instead of ‘Jon’, The Jasper Johns explanation would work. Thorough review of a standard Azed with a few tricky clues.

3. John says:

Re 1 Ac – This is an Azed substitution clue. ‘J’ as ‘Pers’ converts ‘Jon’ into ‘Person’

4. Bob Sharkey says:

John’s the man.

5. jmac says:

John, thanks for that. All is now clear.

6. NormanHall says:

I usually do AZED puzzles months after their publishing date and hence don’t contribute to the discussion.
However, in AZED 1987, contributors asked what compound anagrams were, and I wanted to help. Of course, if anyone else has posted an explanation since then, I won’t have read it – because I haven’t tackled these puzzles yet!

Clue from 1987: Yes and No? Refuse thus as on forms. Answer: deny
‘Yes and No’ is the phrase containing all the letters forming the compound anagram. (A)
‘Refuse thus’ is the phrase referring to the answer ‘[to] deny’ (B) ‘refuse’ here is analagous to a definition. The clue as a whole taken literally is misleading.
‘as on’ is the phrase containing the ‘extra’ letters (C)
‘forms’ is the anagram indicator. A is an anagram of B+C

Clue from 1987: Teeth Agony? Yet he’s improving with this. Answer: tonga
‘Teeth Agony’ is the phrase containing all the letters forming the compound anagram. (A)
‘This’ is the phrase referring to the answer ‘tonga’ (B). The clue as a whole taken literally, in this case, indicates the sort of thing ‘This’ may be. (c.f. ‘&lit’ clues)
‘Yet he’ is the phrase containing the ‘extra’ letters (C). (Not ‘Yet he’s’ as suggested by Jetdoc.)
‘improving’ is the anagram indicator. A is an anagram of B+C.

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