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Azed 2015 – a sprint finish?

Posted by bridgesong on January 16th, 2011

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A 13 by 11 grid this week,which is in fact one of Azed’s standard sizes. We were spoiled recently with a 13 x 13 grid (2012). Still, I shouldn’t grumble as I got HCs in both December competitions so am feeling more than usually well-disposed towards Azed as a result. Nevertheless, I feel that one or two clues this week may be below his usual high standards, although there are one or two gems (e.g. 22 and 31 across). Three hidden answers also seems like one or two too many, although others may disagree. Help required, please, with 29 down. As usual, here’s a link to the pdf of the puzzle.

Across
1 SCHMUCK SCH(ool) + MUCK.
7 CISSY Hidden in “pathic is synonymous”.
12 CHAIRDAYS CHA + *DAIRY’S. A lovely term, used by Shakespeare only once, in Henry VI, Part 2.
13 BATON BAT ON. Wouldn’t this clue have worked just as well if it read “Billy, don’t declare”? That would have avoided the need for the misleading capital letter. Both a baton and a billy can mean a truncheon.
14 TRIABLE RI in TABLE.
15 GRANULAR RANULA in GR.
17 RARING RA + RING.
19 STEAN TEA in SN (chemical symbol for tin).
20 ANACHRONISTIC *HISTRIO CANCAN.
22 DANDY There are three elements to this clue. Dandy (as an adjective) can mean “fine”; as a noun it refers to a sloop-like vessel; and the international vehicle registration code for Benin is DY (D and Y)(from its former name of Dahomey).
25 GLIOMA G + (A MOIL) (rev).
28 CHLOROUS H in *COLOURS; Chambers defines a chlorous acid as a hypothetical acid.
30 WISPIER I in WISPER. It took me a while to find it, but there is a tributary of the Rhine called the Wisper.
31 DITCH (Shore)DITCH. I wasted time trying to work out which postcodes applied to Hackney.
32 AZEOTROPE AZE(d) + *(OR POET).
33 RESTY Hidden in “mature stylist”.
34 NEWNESS N + *SEWENS.
Down
1 SUBGRADE *(DUG BASER).
2 CHARA CHARA(cters).
3 MUONIC Initial letters of “monarchs upon” + *COIN. A lepton is a subatomic particle.
4 CHAL Hidden in “French alienated”.
5 KATABOTHRON *(A BROOK THAT) + N(orth).
6 FIRRING FIR + RING. Nothing to do with fir trees, this is a variant of furring, and quite how it came to mean strips of wood is anyone’s guess.
7 CRIM CRIM(son).
8 IDANT *AND in IT. Id here refers to an element in the chromosome.
9 SABRETOOTH *BEAR + T in SOOTH.
10 SYLVA Sounds like silver.
11 STAR ANISES RANIS in SEATS(rev).
16 ENCASHES ASH in *SCENE. Tender here refers to legal currency.
18 GROCERY RECOR(d)(rev) in G Y.
21 SIRIAN NA IRIS (all rev).
23 AVIZE VIZ in AE (which is short for aetatis, meaning aged).
24 DEPOT TOPE + D (rev). A tope is a kind of shark.
26 MUCUS CU in SUM (all rev).
27 PITY IT for ART in PARTY.
29 LOPE I’m at a loss adequately to explain this clue. It’s always the four-letter words which cause the problems! I suppose that “get a load of” could (at a stretch) mean “look”, which gives us LO; and PE is of course exercise. But “no run for” suggests that the letter R needs to be omitted from something, but from what? Or is it just a fairly lame definition? Chambers defines the word as “to run with a long stride” which is not in fact inconsistent with the action of a sprinter.

2 Responses to “Azed 2015 – a sprint finish?”

  1. MadLogician says:

    I think:
    ‘get a load of’ = ‘look at’ = ‘lo’
    Exercise is PE
    ‘no run for a sprinter’ is the definition.

  2. jmac says:

    Agree with MadLogician re 29 ac. A lope is an easy, long stride that can be kept up for some distance. Wolves lope, Cheetahs sprint.

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