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Azed 2044

Posted by duncanshiell on August 7th, 2011


This is the first AZED puzzle I have blogged.  Azed was my introduction to barred puzzles many years ago, but I drifted away as I began to have a go at Listeners and Inquisitors.    The opportunity to blog an Azed every 6 weeks seemed a good opportunity to return to Azed puzzles.

The cluing style is as precise as I remember from years past, although I am not sure of the exact parsing of 12 Down BRIGHTSOME where I cannot decide if the extra R is omitted from RIGHT (correct) or from the anagram of SOMBRE.  I also have a slight query at the use of ‘one’ in the clue at 1 Across.  No doubt other solvers will help out with constructive comment and suggestions.

The entry at 9 Down YARD SALE appeared as an entry in The Times Saturday competition puzzle the day before, so the definition was fresh in my mind with the result that the clue became a fairly easy one to solve.

I’m compiling this blog in a fairly remote cottage, 15 miles South of Oban on the West coast of Scotland as I am competing in the Scottish 6 Days Orienteering event this week (fairly badly in terms of speed and navigation but very enjoyably otherwise).  One of the best places to get a mobile broadband signal seems to be in the Tesco car park in Oban. I hope this post gets through OK.

Clue Wordplay Entry
1 Wee one’s given help in sorting out the whaup’s cry? (7) Anagram of  (sorting out) WEE and (given) HELP. I think ONE is being used a link word to aid the surface reading of the clue.  I can’t see how else ONE, A or I is involved in the wordplay.  Please feel free to tell me if I have got this wrong. WHEEPLE (a long drawn out cry such as that of the curlew which is also known as a whaup)
8 Lame, I’m detained by doctor, last in surgery (5) (I’M contained in [detained by] GP [General Practitioner; doctor]) + final letter (last of) Y of SURGERY GIMPY (lame)
10 Gentle artist has installed electrical bit of studio equipment? (10) (TAME [gentle] + RA [Royal Academician; artist]) containing (has installed) ELEC (electrical) TELECAMERA (television camera; a bit of studio equipment)
11 Mongrel, second (adult) extracted from NZ gum tree? (4).  The printed clue indicated a length of (5), but the grid clearly has only space for (4) KAURI (a tall coniferous forest tree of New Zealand, the source of kauri gum; New Zealand gum tree) excluding (extracted from) the second letter A (adult) KURI (mongrel, also a New Zealand word)
12 Black Horse maybe serving strong drink (6) B (black) + RACER (possibly [maybe] a horse[racer]) BRACER (a strong alcoholic drink designed to give the drinker strength)
13 Florin, former English coin without Latin on raised edge (6) FL (florin) + ANGEL (former English coin bearing the figure of an angel) excluding (without) L (Latin) FLANGE (raised edge)
16 Girl’s clothing in red, wacky – it shows a lot of leg (9) MISS (girl) containing (clothing) and anagram of (wacky) IN RED MINIDRESS (a garment that shows a lot of leg)
17 Perform first act, let’s say set in gaol (5) EG (for example; let’s say) contained in (set in) BIN (gaol) BEGIN (perform first act)
18 His Worship may inspire success, reversing a drawback around end of case (6) (A + SNAG [drawback]) all reversed (reversing) containing (around) last letter E of (end of) CASE GANESA (the elephant-headed Hindu God of success; his worship may inspire success)
20 How one dictionary’s referred to ‘small brown jug’? (6) BR (abbreviation for ‘brown'; small brown) + EWER (jug) BREWER (reference BREWER‘S Dictionary of Phrase and Fable)
22 Disprove (obsolete) part of principle Fermat recalled (5) Hidden word in (part of) PRINCIPLE FERMAT reversed (recalled) REFEL (an obsolete word meaning disprove)
23 One cancels a rag robot’s churned out? (9) Anagram of (is [‘s] churned out) of A RAG ROBOT ABROGATOR (one who annuls or rescinds; one cancels)
26 Stone lower possibly, with loss of weight? Dietitian’s regular topic (6) ST (stone) + an anagram of (possibly) LOWER excluding (with loss of) W (weight) STEROL (a solid higher alcohol such as cholesterol or ergosterol both of which are regularly discussed by dietitians)
28 Fashionable cut – fit required (6, 2 words) IN (fashionable) + TRIM (cut) IN TRIM (in good order; fit)
29 Average very good, as stated (4) SO (very good) + SO (as).  If you state the two component SOs independently they can mean ‘very good’ and ‘as’ SO-SO (neither very good nor very bad; tolerable; average)
30 Once mad about voice, you’ll have strong admiration for Shakespeare (10) DEMENT (a word with an archaic [once] meaning of insane; mad) containing (about) VOTE (voice [old meaning; once] – see Chambers Thesaurus) DEVOTEMENT (A Shakespearean word for devotion or admiration)
31 Strengthen dye with mixture, condition for dipping (5) IF (condition) contained in (for dipping) anagram of (with mixture) DYE EDIFY (strengthen [spiritually])
32 Senior barrister, hence involved in less than 50% of briefs (7) Anagram of (involved) HENCE in BR (50% of the letters of BRIEFS are BRI; BR is therefore less than 50% [of BRIEFS] BENCHER (a senior member of an Inn of Court; a senior barrister)


Clue Wordplay Entry
1 Those starting work as keen financiers making charitable donation of land (4) First letters of (those starting) WORK AS KEEN FINANCIERS WAKF ([In Islamic societies] the donation of land, property or money for charitable purposes)
2 Hula dancing that is No 1 in rhythm – one’s in transport (7) Anagram of (dancing) HULA + IE (id est; that is) + first letter of (No 1 in) RHYTHM HAULIER (a person or organisation focused on transport; one’s in transport)
3 She’s foreign, a park officer during her summertime (9) RANGER (a park officer) contained in (during) ETE (summer in French, the language source of the entry) ÉTRANGÈRE (foreigner)
4 Lecturer in Victorian architect offering computer module (6) L (lecturer) contained in PUGIN (reference Augustus PUGIN (812-1852), Victorian architect) PLUG-IN (a computer  module or program that is capable of extending an existing program in specific ways)
5 Been tinkering with murals giving space to spread oneself (10) Anagram of (tinkering) BEEN and (with) MURALS LEBENSRAUM (space inhabited by living things; room  to live and, if necessary, expand)
6 Rupees put into ornament on a Hindu demigod (6) (R [rupees] contained in GAUD [ornament]) + A GARUDA (a Hindu demigod)
7 International chart, aid to email transfer (4) I (international) + MAP (chart) IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol; aid to email transfer)
8 Insist on cupboard for periodicals etc (5) PRESS (insist on); PRESS (cupboard) PRESS (newspapers and periodicals collectively) Triple definition
9 Seconds, American, will go in what’s flogged dearly here? Or cheaply (8, 2 words) (S [seconds] + A [American]) contained in an anagram of (flogged) DEARLY YARD  SALE (In America a sale of second hand goods [seconds], usually held  in the owner’s garden or backyard) Seconds is doing double duty here.
12 ‘Sombre’ is about correct for this? It’s not right, but wrong (10) Anagram of  (about [?]; wrong [?]) SOMBRE excluding (it’s not) R (right) containing (about) RIGHT (correct) BRIGHTSOME (bright; brilliant; opposite of sombre [but wrong [?])
14 Argument over foreign bread with hot, hot Bovril? (9, 2 words) BEEF (argument) + BRÖT (German [foreign] for ‘bread’) + H (hot) BEEF BROTH (Bovril is a concentrated beef extract used to flavour meat or make drinks, if hot could be considered to be BEEF BROTH)
15 Yarn privately descriptive of several caliphs (8) ABB (warp yarn) + ASIDE (privately) ABBASIDE (any member of the 750-1258 dynasty of caliphs descended from Abbas, uncle of Mohammed; descriptive of several caliphs)
19 Watery membranes to observe encasing flower genus (7) SEE (to observe) containing (encasing) ROSA (flower genus) SEROSAE (serous or watery membranes)
21 Uplifted, you’ll be about to act dashingly, displaying essential selfness (6) YE (you) reversed (uplifted) containing (be about) GO IT (act in a dashing manner) EGOITY (the essential element of the ego; essential selfness)
22 Feeling wretched, disturbing portent, with loss of power (6) Anagram of (disturbing) PORTENT excluding (with loss of) P (power) ROTTEN (miserably out of sorts; feeling wretched)
24 Drug put in warehouse cases seized (5) E (ecstasy; drug) contained in (put in) BOND (the status of goods put in a bonded warehouse until duties are paid or the goods are exported; warehouse cases) BONED (seized)
25 Teacher, rather too liberal, useless (4) PROFUSE (excessively liberal) excluding (less) USE PROF (professor; teacher)
27 Snug if below par? It gives one a gloomy aspect (4) PARLOUR (small room in a bar; bar parlour; snug), excluding PAR leaves LOUR  If LOUR was positioned below PAR in a Down answer we would have PARLOUR (snug). LOUR (gloomy threatening appearance; gloomy aspect)

6 Responses to “Azed 2044”

  1. Bob Sharkey says:

    What an extremely thorough review, Duncan. Excellent stuff. On 1A I think there are two different readings – in the surface, ‘wee one’ as a hint that Scots words are involved, but in the cryptic part ‘one’s’ is read as ‘one has’, so ‘help’ has been given ‘wee’ to form the anagram.

  2. Norman L in France says:

    Thanks for including such detail – the clues, the parsing and the answers all clearly set out. I too don’t see what “one” is doing in 1ac, and I don’t understand Bob’s reading above. “Brightsome” is also a bit odd. We know it’s right but like you I don’t know which of the versions was intended. Otherwise an enjoyable Azed at the easier end of the spectrum. Will you be sitting in the car park all day to respond to all the posts?

  3. Bob Sharkey says:

    Norman, ‘wee’ has been given (to) ‘help’ by ‘one’ making ‘weehelp’, the material for the anagram. Phrases in the surface such as ‘wee one’ are regularly used by Azed to flag a Scottish context. They make a change from ‘Jock’s’ or ‘in the Cairngorms’, etc, though not strictly needed here since ‘whaup’ is referenced directly.

  4. Norman L in France says:

    Thanks, I realise it’s a Scottish reference (I started with Ximenes) but I still agree with Duncan that “one” is a bit out of place. Maybe it’ll become clear when we get the results and notes next Sunday. Looks as though Duncan wasn’t sitting in the car park all day after all, although other more regular posters may have got lost in the woods looking for him.

  5. duncanshiell says:

    Definitely not sitting in the Tesco car park – now back home in the Scottish Borders where it is already a lot wetter than it was for a whole week in the Oban area.

    As a Scot myself I agree that the use of ‘wee’ is a Scottish trait when describing a variety of objects, but I still struggle with the use of ‘one’ in the wordplay. However, as I haven’t solved Azed regularly for a while, I am happy to acknowledge that Bob may well be right.

  6. Bob Sharkey says:

    Or possibly wrong, on reflection. Consider:- ‘in sorting out ‘wee’ one is given ‘help’, i.e to add to the mix. My apologies.

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