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Azed 1997

Posted by Andrew on September 12th, 2010

Andrew.

I found this another reasonably easy Azed – I managed to finish all but a couple of clues in about an hour without using references. Lots of good stuff as always, with the wordplay of 17dn particularly raising a smile. My next Azed blog will be for number two thousand and something – I hope to meet some readers and fellow bloggers at the forthcoming lunch in Oxford, which should be a great occasion to celebrate a remarkable achievement.

 
 
Across
1. BLU-TACK UT (old form of “as” in BLACK (ebony)
7. JAMBS M in JABS
12. BRAINIAC BRA (suport) + IN (on the spot) + 1 AC (first clue). I associate this word (presumably a portmanteau of “brain” and “maniac”) with the TV programme, but it was originally the name of a baddie in Superman comics.
13. TRANSUMPT (A PR MUSTN’T)*
14. TYIYN First letters of This Year Incredibly Young (and) New. It’s a monetary unit in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan (also spelt TIYIN).
15. WIZEN W[est] I[ndian] + Zen
18. SPEISADE I SAD in SPEE[D]. A Lance Speisade is an old name for a Lance-Corporal
19. MOULDY OULD (Scots form of “old”) in MY (Well I never!)
20. STENO NOTES* &lit. A stenographer is a shorthand writer.
22. BRUNT B + RUNT
24. STRICH “O this” is OSTRICH, a flightless bird. Old name for the screech owl.
25. INCREATE T (time) replaces S[urge] in INCREASE (profit)
27. SOLID I in SOLD (Spenersian for “pay”).
28. NYAFF Hidden in maNY AFFenpinschers
31. SWEETMEAT WE in (TASTE EM)*
32. EBRIATED ABDERITE* A variant of “inebriated”, so “Bacchian”.
33. RYKES R[anger] + [woodwor]K in YES. Ryke is a Scots form of “reach”, one of whose definitions is “pass”.
34. ALIENOR A + LIEN + OR
 
Down
1. BOTTOM FISHER BOTTOM (bum) + H in (REF IS)*. A picturesque name for a trader who speculates in badly-performing (dodgy) companies.
2. LORY [T]YROL reversed.
3. UDAIPUR Composite anagram: SEEN + UDAIPUR is an anagram of ‘INDUS A RUPEE
4. TONY Three definitions: the theatrical awards, a fool (gaby) and fashionable (“tone-y”)
5. CRUMPY C + RUMPY (a tailless chicken). Another Scots word, meaning “crisp” (as well-friend food might be).
6. KAMEES KAME + ES (variant of “ess”)
8. ANTISERA ARTESIAN*
9. MIRZA R in (I’M AZ)*
10. BALE-DOCK ALE D in BOCK. As the rubric says, it’s listed in Chambers under BAIL.
11. SCENE-SHIFTER (FINEST CHEERS)*
16. HOBNOBBY O BN in HOBBY
17. PLURISIE URI (Geller, famous “bender”) in PILES*. A Shakespearean word for “abundance”
21. NICAEAN (AN ANCIE[NT])*
23. TAPETA P (soft) [ey]E in TA-TA (see you!)
24. STREEL Anagram of LEINSTER less IN
26. CLERK Hidden in chroniCLER Keeps, &lit
29. YMPE MP (“sitter”) in YE (old “you”). Old spelling of IMP
30. FADO The competition word – a type of melancholy Portuguese folk-song.

2 Responses to “Azed 1997”

  1. bridgesong says:

    Thanks for the blog, Andrew, and for clearing up a few doubts I had. I knew 2d had to be LORY, but couldn’t see why, and I entirely missed the Uri Geller reference in 17d.

    I’m afraid I’ll miss the 2000 lunch but trust it will be a memorable occasion.

  2. Wil Ransome says:

    Agreed, not apparently many difficulties (apart from the usual ones you get with Azed, the almost unbelievable words). But I bet one will emerge to dash my hopes with my clue for FADO.

    Initially felt sure that he had made a mistake with the hidden at 28ac, and that it was YAFFE as not (although almost) supported by Chambers, but no of course.

    I echo your remarks about the Azed lunch soon Andrew, will be there.

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