Posted by The Trafites on December 12th, 2010
Nick: My second blog of an AZED competiton puzzle.
Special instructions: This puzzle marks an unrepeatable occasion, hinted at by the unclued entry at 1 Across (not given in Chambers as such). Further help in identifying the theme is provided elsewhere. Competitors should submit a cryptic clue to 1 Across with their entries.
The title appears to be 20+10 (a score+half a score), with perhaps a cryptic ref. to 21.
(my thoughts) For me, a fairly straight forward AZED clued puzzle, and with my wife Lorraine (the other half of the ‘Trafites’), being an avid fan of The Simpsons, the theme came pretty quickly for me having to watch it most evenings. Hidden in the grid can be found 24ac ‘SIMPS’ on ‘BART’ (hidden in grid bars) in a dingbats style, i.e. implying BART SIMPSON. I cannot see any more ‘nina’s’ or hints yet on my final edit of this blog (Thursday 9th Dec.) so to save my sanity this is the final version.
The Simpsons was first broadcast on 17th December, 1989, thus this year marking ‘a coming of age’ (1ac) of the show being 21 years old. There are links in the blog below to the cartoon series.
Of course, I could be totally wrong about all this! Comments welcome. I WAS. See comments below.
Incidentally, the theme doesn’t need to be discovered to complete this puzzle, which seems a bit strange as usually it needs to be proved by the solver in some format to be able to enter the competition.
4dn appears to have an error of sorts, comments welcome (of course); 9ac is the usual ‘gotcha’ AZED sometimes puts in; 1ac will be an interesting phrase to clue of which I found terribly difficult to come up with anything interesting (no definition in Chambers!), so look forward to seeing the winning clues very much indeed. – good luck everybody!
Legend to solution comments:
* = anagram.
< = word reversed.
|1.||Competition clue phrase (see preamble) (12, 4 words)|
|A COMING OF AGE||21 years of The Simpsons, hence Bart (found hidden in the grid) is 21, I suppose (he is still a 10 year old brat* in the series). See comments below|
|9.||Reversal of fortune cut short with a versatile crop? (4)|
|SOJA||JOS(s)<(luck or fate) + A
alternative spelling of ‘SOYA’
the ‘gotcha’ clue, as the solver needs to work this out and not guess to get it correct as the ‘j’ is an unch
my last answer in the grid
|10.||Old highwayman grabbing excellent dye (7)|
|PARA-RED||RARE in PED2|
|11.||Stop a doughboy beginning to enter US submarine (6)|
a ‘hoagie’ is another name for a submarine sandwich in the US
|12.||Shore station divided by river (6)|
|STRAND||R in STAND|
|14.||Wanting to slaughter lots half disposed of in a mass? (6)|
|BLOODY||LO(ts) in BODY|
|17.||One avenue’s opening separating trees arranged in rows (7)|
|SERIATE||I(one)+A(venue) in (TREES*)
at a first quick glance, ‘terrace’ seems to be the answer here
|18.||Riding wear for men (5)|
|CHAPS||sort of cdd
so easy it was hard!
|19.||Death limiting lives? You can’t — that! (6)|
|RESIST||IS in REST; &lit?|
|20.||Nickelodeon? Make flicks having turned nickel in (6)|
|KINEMA||(Ni<) in (MAKE*)
‘nickleodeon’ implies an old word for cinema
|24.||Unruly miss takes in soft fools (5)|
|SIMPS||P in (MISS*)
short for ‘simpleton’ – also one of the hints to the theme, if I am correct
|26.||Measure that’s sad, truncated – one aims to influence policy (7)|
|ENTRIST||EN(a measure in printing)+TRIST(e)(sad)
see under ‘entry’ in Chambers
|29.||Blurred mirage? One records mental pictures (6)|
so simple it leads one to think it isn’t right when solved
|30.||Eye candy satisfactory in tricky role (6)|
|LOOKER||OK in (ROLE*)|
|31.||Rosencrantz’s end in Hamlet (he expires)? (6)|
|LETHEE||hidden: HamLET (HE Expires)
Shakespearean word for death (see under ‘lethal’ in Chambers), hence the ref.
to Rosencrantz and Hamlet; &lit, I guess
|32.||Antoine’s strong baccy in top of the mouth (7)|
a type of tobacco with ‘Antoine’ as the reference to it being French
|33.||Naan’s toasted on this maybe, taken as vindaloo arrives (starters only) (4)|
an Indian cooking griddle (see TAWA2)
|34.||Dicky tummy and spleen’s caused by high-pressure aircon (12)|
|PLENUM SYSTEM||(TUMMY SPLEENS)*
an air conditioning system – this is two words, so should be clued (6, 6) I think
|1.||Deer served in large meat-plate – this’ll collect the refuse (9)|
|ASH-BUCKET||BUCK in ASHET(a meat-plate)|
|2.||Altered cloth? Nothing in it for country chill (6)|
|COOLTH||O in (CLOTH*)
dialect word for coolness
|3.||Turning up (on board the Pequod?) to call on small grotesque figure (5)|
a whaler’s call ‘reversed’ hence ref. to the Pequod
|4.||Eros in mind, smitten? It may give point for writer (10)|
|IRIDOSMINE||This appears to be an error in the intended anagram of ‘EROS IN MIND’,
as I can’t see how else this clue is supposed to parsed.
IRIDOSMINE is used to make pen nibs
|5.||Oxygen, say, given to person, one breathing with difficulty (6)|
|6.||Flour (wheat) well mixed? Hew out this Scotch cake maybe (4)|
|FARL||comp. anagram: (FLOUR WHEAT*) minus the letters ‘HEW OUT’ = (FLRA*)|
|7.||You’ll need to rattle object inside jagged rock to find this big fish (8)|
|ARAPAIMA||RAP+AIM in AA(a type of volcanic jagged rock)|
|8.||End of rope held by men for she-asses (6)|
|GENETS||E in GENTS
same word as Jenny, female ass/donkey
|10.||As of old, weight settles (so it’s said) (5)|
|PEYSE||homophone of PAYS(i.e. settles)
Chambers lists various spellings of this word, all pronounced the same,
so the solver has to complete the adjoining lights to get the intended correct spelling
|13.||Restyle IOM differently so as to annoy? (10)|
this clue just shouts ‘I am an anagram’
|15.||Confused setter in embarrassing situation – very high winds (9)|
|JETSTREAM||(SETTER*) in JAM|
|16.||Oribi, e.g., fourth lost after good old soldiers ran it punishingly (8)|
a punishment – see GAUNTLET2
|21.||Information quite short, soon to be delivered in stables? (6)|
|22.||Not a word accepted by a beak in a hermitage (6)|
|ASHRAM||SH in A+RAM(beak of a ship etc.)|
|23.||Calm hush over misfortune (5)|
|25.||In the past, a test when there were no women? (6)|
|PREEVE||pun on PRE-EVE(before women)
obsolete words(in the past) for proof and prove
|27.||Driven wild about start of the bairns’ colic (5)|
|BATTS||T in BATS
|28.||Eastern Church image, stunner found in old abode? (4)|
|IKON||KO(stunner, i.e. knock-out) in IN(see IN2=INN)|