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Azed 2033 “Give and take”

Posted by bridgesong on May 22nd, 2011

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I can’t remember Azed using this particular combination of devices before, although he may have done so under a different name. So far as the across clues are concerned, it is known as “letters latent”, and the last time Azed used that device was in puzzle 1914.  It certainly presented a substantial challenge to the solver, although it must have been even more of a challenge to the setter. First he had to select an appropriate quotation of the right length: here it was “the uncertain process of letter-writing” (George Eliot), and then remove letters from the across solutions and add them to the down ones. Constructing the grid must have taken him hours, if not days.

For the sake of clarity, I’ve shown the untreated answers in the across clues, with the missing letters highlighted. For the down clues I’ve included the additional letters, again highlighted. Explanations of wordplay refer of course to the solutions as entered in the diagram.  I’m struggling to explain 17 down so suggestions please.

Unfortunately, I was unable for some reason to use PeeDee’s program when compiling the blog, so the clues are not shown, but here is a link to the pdf of the puzzle.

Across
1 TATTIE-CLAW IE C in A LAW
6 HUBCAP *CAB in UP
11 EPOPEES Cryptic definition
12 AQUACULTURE QA in *CARTEL
13 NONCHALANCE (m)OCHA, L ACE
15 RACKETEER RAKE, TEER
16 LIEFER IF between L and R
18 ROSEAL 0, SEAL
19 SCRIPTURISTS *(SIR, SIR, CUPS)
21 SCOREBOARDS CORE, B in *DROSS
23 NILGAIS NL, GAS
26 MOUNT MOUT(h)
27 PALPITATES ALIT, A(rrow), SET(rev)
29 GROUND-BEAR *(DUG A BONE).  Another name for the brown bear
30 IRONSTONES *NERNST in IS
31 OCTET E(nergy) in OTT
32 SINEWED W in SIND
33 SEWERAGE EWER, AGE
     
     
 
Down
1 APOLLSINARIS A POLL’S, *RAISIN
2 IOCE IOC, E
3 EPHOFR E(xtreme) P(ressure), OF in HR. One meaning of “of” is “aged”
4 LALRD L(ive)R in LAD
5 WACKERES (h)ACK in WERE, S
7 BLOTSSOMED BLOTS, SO, MED
8 CTREE C, TREE
9 ARGEAND Hidden in “large Anderson”
10 PERRLUSTRATE PER, R(ule), LUST RATE
14 APRICATESW *CAPRI, ATE, SW
17 DUROTONE ROT in DUONE?
20 COLLARI COL, LARI
22 ROBBTA BB in ROTA.  The reference is to the Italian sculptor Francesco Robba
24 GIINN I in (G INN). Khan can mean an inn
25 ESNSE ESNES with the final two letters reversed
28 SEEG GEES(rev). I didn’t know that “gee” to a horse means to move to the right
     
     
     
     

3 Responses to “Azed 2033 “Give and take””

  1. Matthew says:

    Thanks for the blog, bridgesong.

    For 17d: charge=DUE, worthless stuff=ROT, in progress=ON

  2. REGALIZE says:

    Thanks Bridgesong for the blog. I agonized over 13Across, as the definition seemed to be ‘being indifferent’ which. to me, indicated ‘nonchalant’ as opposed to ‘nonchalance’. No doubt someone can tell my why I was wrong.

  3. Jan says:

    Thanks for the blog, Bridgesong – beautifully set out.

    I failed to complete this one. It would have helped if the quotation had been easier. I got as far as, ‘The uncertain … letter …’ with odd letters in between.

    I agree, it must have taken ages to compile – quite a triumph. The removal and addition of letters was more of a Genius puzzle twist. I enjoyed the three-quarters which I managed to solve.

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