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Azed 2001

Posted by jetdoc on October 10th, 2010

jetdoc.

After the challenge of last week, a pretty gentle Azed. This was mostly solvable from the wordplay alone, though I needed Chambers to check a few things.

Blogged rather in haste, as I am getting ready to go to Cheltenham, so comments are minimal and there might be the odd mistake.

Across
1 SPACE S = contraction of ‘has’ (‘has short’); PACE = walk
5 ODYSSEY [b]ODY’S; ‘yes’ reversed. Homer’s Odyssey
11 PUSH-START *(rash putt’s)
13 IFTAR Hidden in ‘Shift arrangements’. The meal, taken after sunset, that breaks the daily fast during Ramadan.
14 LEMURS *(slumer). Lemurs are primates native to Madagascar.
15 SWANKPOT *(PT knows A). A is an abbreviation for ‘acting’.
16 SARSEN *(Nasser). Sarsen stones are sandstone blocks found in quantity on Salisbury Plain, the Marlborough Downs, in Kent, and in smaller quantities in Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Dorset and Hampshire.
17 JAPE JAP = Easterner; E = east, home in this case. Both ’jape’ and ‘cod’ can mean ‘jest’.
19 TORSION BAR ON = being served; in *(bistro a r). A metal bar which absorbs force by twisting, used in vehicle suspension.
21 ROUND-NOSED ROUND = plain-spoken (given in Chambers); NOSED = pried.
25 BORD BOR[e]D. Old spelling of board
28 UNREST Anagram of ‘into insurrection’ minus ‘it’s ironic’
30 ONE-ON-ONE NEON = gas; ON = continually; in OE = Old English. ‘Head-to-head’ is the definition.
31 RIBAND RIB = knitting pattern; AND = also
32 CAGOT AGO = since; CT = court. One of an outcast class found scattered in the western Pyrenees, supposed to be the descendants of lepers.
33 CALENTURE CURE = remedy; A LENT = a period without food. A tropical fever or delirium caused by heat; heatstroke.
34 OSSETER RETES SO, reversed.
35 WEETE If this were put in SN (Sn = tin), it would give ‘sweeten’. An old spelling of wit
Down
1 SPINS SINS = ‘notable septet’ (seven deadly sins); P = piano. ‘Record plays’ is used in the sense of ‘plays of records’.
2 PUFTALOONIES *(fat up); LOONIES = nuts. In Australia, a fried scone, are popular with children in winter. It is made from flour, salt, butter, milk and it is traditionally fried in dripping. It is also known as a ‘Johnnycake’.
3 ASTERT ASTER = flower; T = lust’s ending. Also spelt astart
4 CHANSON C = contralto; HANSON = the tenor John Hanson
6 DALASI I SALAD, reversed. The standard monetary unit of Gambia (100 butut)
7 YRENT Y RENT; ‘traditionally’ means it’s an old word.
8 STUPA ST = stone; UP = completely; A = acre. A dome-shaped Buddhist memorial shrine, a tope
9 EURO-PASSPORT *(prosperous at)
10 YESTERN YE = ‘the’ old; STERN = hind part. Dialect word for ‘last’
12 TOWNS TO = near; WNS = all quarters except E
18 ARBORIO OR = alternatively; in *(rabi); O = nil. Arborio rice
20 NERVATE *(veteran). (Of a leaf) having veins
22 NOODLE OODLE[s]; N = little new. Both vamp and noodle can mean ‘improvise’ (in a slightly pejorative sense) in jazz.
23 OUNCE A name for several big cats, including the jaguar. Pounce (on) is what it might do to its prey.
24 DENGUE ENG = English; DUE = deserts. Dengue fever
26 REBUS 1. An enigmatical representation of a word or name by pictures representing the component parts of the word, as in a puzzle or a coat of arms; such a puzzle. 2. Detective Inspector John Rebus, a favourite of mine. 3. SUBER (cork) reversed.
27 ANNAT ANNA = a former unit of currency in India, worth 12 pies; T = in short, ‘it’. In Scotland, from 1672 to 1925, the half-year’s stipend payable after a parish minister’s death to his widow or next of
29 TUTEE [as]TUTE = clever without ‘as’; E = start of exams.

7 Responses to “Azed 2001”

  1. Chris says:

    I didn’t like RETES in 34: Chambers clearly says that the plural of rete is retia.

  2. The Trafites says:

    As Jane says, an easy stroll; my only query is 6dn – can ‘mixed vegetables’ define ‘salad’?
    Nick

  3. Andrew says:

    Thanks jetdoc. I’ve only just noticed that there’s a Nina related to the number of the puzzle in the top row…

    Nick – Chambers defines salad as “a cold dish of vegetables or herbs, … generally mixed.”

  4. David Mansell says:

    What’s a Nina (presuming you are referring to “2001 : a space odyssey”)?

  5. Andrew says:

    David – see http://www.crosswordunclued.com/2009/10/what-is-nina.html

  6. NormanHall says:

    (1) re 26 down ‘reverse of Cork’
    I noted that Cork was spelt incorrectly with an upper case ‘C’. I wondered if this was because rebus (= cork) is Rebus, the fictional cop, with an incorrect lower case ‘r’

    (2) Like Andrew, it was only after completing the puzzle that I noticed that the answers to the first two across clues read “Space Odyssey” and made the connection with 2001, the puzzle number. I used to do the first two clues in the simple Daily Telegraph puzzles to see what was pun-of-the-day. Lettuce + Spray, Aside + Oppress, Scene + Enemies etc., so I often look at the first two answers of other puzzles unconsciously.

    Norman

  7. Dynamic says:

    Late to the party but for 17a, I was trying to fit CAPE (heading~CAP, E=homeward for an easterner, CAPE COD=def, but it didn’t feel like a proper fit), so thanks for the explanation.

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