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AZED No. 2,034 Plain

Posted by The Trafites on May 29th, 2011

The Trafites.

Great cluing from AZED this week.

There are three ‘gotchas’ (mentioned below), and several other clue wordplays that are truly great. A joy to be able to complete it, which I think, after 30 odd years of doing crosswords does prove you do improve :)

Due to the fact the grid can be completed without having to work out each clue part (i.e. using computer/dictionary searches), I give this 6/10, but as some of the clues are (or seem) so unique, I will make it 7.5/10.

Bad news at 22dn; being a (50ish) elderly lager lout, I think this clue definition is wrong :(

Good stuff!

Across
1. Tailor fascinating woman who’s rounded thigh parts with time (10)
WHIPSTITCH HIPS+T in WITCH
a word for a tailor, apparently
11. Part of rhythm section has almost kept within beat (5)
HI-HAT HA(s) in HIT
clapping cymbals drivel by a foot pedal – old memories of ‘top of the pops’ intro here for me
12. Plane mostly flying out for Jewish festival (7)
SHAVUOT SHAV(e)[plane]+(OUT*)
see SHABUOTH in Chambers
13. Type of veggie to exert influence moulding circles (8)
OVOLACTO ACT in OVOLO(a type of moulding)
‘circles’ here indicates OVOLO goes around ‘ACT’
14. Fleet Street’s first to be nosy (4)
SPRY S+PRY
16. Greenland native originally grinding pearl ash (8, 2 words)
HARP SEAL (PEARL ASH*)
17. Booty (from NA) that is offloaded by buccaneer, tons (5)k
PRATT P(i)RAT(e)+T
‘that is’ = i.e., which correctly have to be removed in order from ‘pirate’ to make the clue sound
19. Composer giving final touches to sonata for violin and oboe (4)
ARNE last letters from ‘sonata for violin and oboe
is the ‘and’ superfluous or a ‘link’ word?
20. Monkeys use chimps, note, roughly (13)
SEMNOPITHECUS (USE CHIMPS NOTE*)
a genus of monkeys
22. In Rome I love catching bishop in pulpit (4)
AMBO B in AMO(Latin for love, not Italian, which I first checked for)
24. Empty moneybox? Put pound in (5)
BLANK L in BANK
a simple clue that I couldn’t see for ages
26. Patron, a menace when drunk requiring seconds (8)
MAECENAS (A MENACE*)+S
29. It shortly fills extra storage space (4)
BYTE (i)T in BYE
clever clue – it steers the mind away from the real solution
30. Wild onion in a set that’s rotten, separate gaseously (8)
ATMOLYSE MOLY(wild onion) in (A SET*)
31. Arty US type dislikes the telethon hosts (7)
ESTHETE hidden: dislikES THE TElethon
‘hosts’ the verb here; great clue… took me a long while to see it
32. Deity lacking colour in biblical text? The opposite (5)
WOTAN OT in WAN(not WAN in OT)
the first ‘gotcha clue’ – need to solve the wordplay, else the more common ‘WODAN’ looks good as the solution
33. Suitor having to pay attention when tricky parent’s around (10)
PRETENDANT TEND in (PARENT*)
Down
1. Hollers, ‘Silly me!’ (6)
WHOOPS dd
good stuff – when first read, how can a clue be so concise?
2. Apiarist creating reaction to cold with removal of lid? (5)
HIVER (s)HIVER
3. Source of oil? It may be greased (4)
PALM cdd
my first entry in the grid
4. A little to soak up with careful handling held pipette (11)
STACTOMETER TACT in (SOME+(RET<))
the second ‘gotcha clue’ – can also be spelt with a ‘k’, so you do need to work out the wordplay correctly
5. Handlebar maybe shows this clasp nipped by rodent (4)
TACH (mous)TACH(e)
handlebar moustache }
6. One gets hotter messing around with this radioactive mineral (7)
THORITE (HOTTER*) with I
7. Pigment from pan chap smeared round forehead (11)
CAPPAH-BROWN (PAN CHAP*) around BROW
8. Divine grotto, quiet mostly, housing freshwater fishes (8)
LUPERCAL PERCA(genus of fishes, namely perch) in LUL(l)
9. Holy book posing question before answer, note (5)
QORAN Q+OR(before)+A+N
the third ‘gotcha clue’ – so easy to enter ‘KORAN’ here if not worked out correctly
10. Design index for old literary work (5)
STYLE three definitions
12. Population that’s frozen e.g. to stuff full of curried balti (9)k
STABILATE (BALTI*) in SATE(to stuff)
15. Redshank (rare): marks lay buried in an identifier turning up (8)
GAMBETTA M+BET(lay, as in a bet) in (A TAG<)
18. Urchin-like, in ragged panties (7)
SPINATE (PANTIES*)
21. Slope at Aviemore? What’ll be seen there is going fast (6)
SKLENT SK(is)+LENT
very cryptic – take ‘is’ from what could be seen at Aviemore (skis) then add a word for ‘fast’ = lent
22. Like Castlemaine fluid, a medium drink, one English put away? (5)
AMBER A+M+BE(e)R
surely the clue is wrong? Fosters is the ‘amber nectar’, Castlemaine is ‘XXXX’
23. Discarded form of auxiliary mass stay mobilized (5)
MAYST M+(STAY*)
very difficult clue to read and work out
25. March/April for some? If so it’s mean for men (5)
NISAN Phew: To make ‘MEN’=’MEAN’, N is AN
27. Escort protects maiden, any of several birds (4)
SMEE M in SEE
28. Latin in school, may be PC (4)
PLOD L in POD(school of whales)
PC Plod… great clue again, but this will perhaps defeat a few people
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4 Responses to “AZED No. 2,034 Plain”

  1. sidey says:

    Thanks for that The Trafites. The definition in 5d is ‘clasp’, a very devious clue. I think 22d is fine as Fosters pinched the phrase, possibly from Barry Mckenzie. Somewhere I have a very old Punch cartoon, two ducks on a pond, one is saying ‘I’m a smee, I’m only found in crosswords’.

  2. sidey says:

    Thanks for that The Trafites. The definition in 5d is ‘clasp’, a very devious clue. I think 22d is fine as Fosters pinched the phrase, possibly from Barry Mckenzie. Somewhere I have a very old Punch cartoon, two ducks on a pond, one is saying ‘I’m a smee, I’m only found in crosswords’.

  3. Jan says:

    Can’t let Sidey have all the posts! :)

    Thanks, Traffites. I completed this one but was stuck for a few explanations of the parsing.

    13. I was convinced the Os were the circles so couldn’t explain the rest.
    4. Couldn’t see this construction at all.
    5. I thought ‘nipped by rodent’ was superfluous, – didn’t notice the ‘mouse’!
    9. I assumed AN was answer and wondered why ‘note’ was there.
    25. Phew, indeed – well done – how long did that penny take to drop?

    On the plus side, I really loved the clue for SKLENT – beautiful surface and construction. PLOD was very neat, too.

    I entered MAYST, then rubbed it out, then remembered bits about ‘may I’ and ‘can I’ and auxiliary verbs.

  4. Jan says:

    I also wondered how I was going to fit 4 Xs in a 5-letter word. ;)

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